Understanding The Samoan Language & Providing Professional Samoan Interpreters, Translators and Transcriptionists
American Language Services ® (ALS) understands the importance of working in the Samoan language. For over a Quarter of a Century, American Language Services ® has worked with the Samoan language as well as hundreds of others from around the world. We offer comprehensive language services 24 hours, 7 days a week worldwide by providing Samoan interpreting, translation and transcriptions services along with hundreds of other languages and dialects. Our linguists are native speakers and writers who are screened, credentialed, certified, field tested and experienced in a number of specific industry settings. The Samoan language is unique and has very specific origins and characteristics.
The Samoan or Samoan language is the traditional language of Samoa and American Samoa and is an official language, alongside English, in both jurisdictions. It is a member of the Austronesian family, and more specifically the Samoic branch of the Polynesian subphylum and is spoken primarily in Samoa. The Samoans have a communal way of life with little privacy. They do almost all their activities collectively. An example of this are the traditional Samoan fales (houses) which are open with no walls, using blinds made of coconut palm fronds during the night or bad weather.
The Widespread Use of the Samoan Language
There are approximately 870,337 Samoan speakers worldwide, 69% of whom live in the Samoan Islands. Thereafter, the greatest concentration is in New Zealand, where people of Samoan ethnicity comprise the fifth largest group after New Zealand European, Maori, New Zealander and Chinese: the 2006 New Zealand census recorded 95,428 speakers of the Samoan language, and 141,103 people of Samoan ethnicity. Among ethnic Samoans in New Zealand, 70.5 percent of the Samoan speakers (87,109 people) could speak Samoan. Samoan is the 4th most commonly spoken language in New Zealand after English, Maori and Chinese.
Grammar Personal Pronouns
Like many Austronesian languages, Samoan has separate words for inclusive and exclusive we, and distinguishes singular, dual, and plural. The root for the inclusive pronoun may occur in the singular, in which case it indicates emotional involvement on the part of the speaker.
Who are You Going to Trust with Your Vital Samoan Language Needs?
The Samoan language is an important language worldwide. It is vital to understand the general nature and specific idiosyncrasies of Samoan. Since 1985, ALS has provided outstanding Samoan interpreters, translators and transcriptionsts worldwide.
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