Gagana Sāmoa: A Sāmoan Language Coursebook

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Gagana Samoa is a modern Samoan language resource. Designed for both classroom and personal use, it features:

a methodical approach suitable for all ages

an emphasis on patterns of speech and communication through practice and examples

10 practical dialogues covering everyday social situations

an introduction to the wider culture of faasamoa through photographs

more than 950 exercises to reinforce comprehension

a glossary of all Samoan words used in the coursebook

oral skills supplemented by an optional CD

Galumalemana Afeleti Hunkin was born in Faleula, Western Samoa, in 1945. He became the foundation tutor of Samoan language and culture at the Pacific Islanders' Educational Resource Centre, Auckland, in 1977. Four years later he was appointed director of the Wellington Multicultural Educational Resource Centre. He is now a senior lecturer in Samoan studies at Victoria University.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824831318
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 179
  • Sales rank: 900,115
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Lesona 1 Pronunciation 1

Lesona 2 Greetings 7

Lesona 3 This, That, These, Those 11

Lesona 4 Articles 19

Lesona 5 Revision 23

Lesona 6 The Negative 25

Lesona 7 Adjectives 28

Lesona 8 Simple Commands 32

Lesona 9 Locating Objects or People 37

Lesona 10 Numbers 41

Lesona 11 Statements - the Word 'O 46

Lesona 12 Telling the Time 49

Lesona 13 The House 51

Lesona 14 Days of the Week, Months of the Year 55

Lesona 15 Verbs 59

Lesona 16 Verb Tenses 62

Lesona 17 Verb Usage 67

Lesona 18 Negative of the Tenses 72

Lesona 19 Personal Pronouns 74

Lesona 20 Pronoun Usage 76

Lesona 21 Possessive Pronouns 83

Lesona 22 More on Adjectives 90

Lesona 23 Buying and Selling 93

Lesona 24 The Verb 'To Be' 96

Lesona 25 The Structure 'To Have' 100

Lesona 26 Word Order in Samoan Sentences 103

Lesona 27 The Relative Particle Ai 107

Lesona 28 Conjunctions 112

Lesona 29 Ten Useful Conversations 116

Lesona 30 Songs, Rhymes, Riddles, Puzzles 125

Lesona 31 Revision 131

Answers to Exercises 137

Glossary 161

Bibliography 179

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