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Gagana Samoa: A Samoan Language Coursebook [Paperback]

Galumalemana Afeleti Hunkin
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to learn Samoan May 21 2003
By Urs
Format:Paperback
Talofa Lava
This book by Galumalemana Afeleti L. Hunkin (a University professor for Samoan Language in Wellington, New Zealand) is perfect if you want to learn the Samoan Language. With lots of exercises and good explanations it makes learning the language easy and enjoyable.
I recommend to order the audio cassette with it. It is useful to hear native speakers who know how to pronounce their words...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Audio samples & Flashcards available July 18 2010
By J. Leigh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The audio samples are available for free on the University of Hawaii Press website.
Just search for gagana on their site and it will show you legitimate and free links to mp3 and realaudio recordings.

If you are going to learn this stuff you have to do the exercises. Recommend doing them on paper, not by typing them into a computer. You will learn faster that way.

As additional aids to study:

Flashcardexchange has online flashcards for this book. You can either review them on the web, or there is an iPhone app called Mental Case that will let you download the flashcards. Flashcardexchange also appears to have flashcards for the Samoan Word book that is also available on Amazon. Even though Mental Case can support audio samples in flash cards unfortunately none of the Flashcardexchange cards have them.

Also search on google for two documents:

- Gagana Samoa Mo Pisikoa. Peace Corps Samoan Language Handbook
- Samoa Language Program Guide John Mayer

To gain more experience learning from native speakers I recommend tuning into local radio stations that stream over the Internet.
In particular:

KSBS-FM Island 92
Radio Samoa 1593AM
V103 - Pago Pago - American Samoa Radio

Lastly, you have to get yourself a proper dictionary. There are 2 highly recommended dictionaries: One is by G. B. Milner- which is also available from New Zealand from Wheeler Books, if Amazon runs out. Just google for the company. They will ship to the US.

Another newer dictionary is: Tusi`upu S'moa by Papa'li`i Dr Semisi Ma`ia`i. This is printed by Little Island Press and can be ordered directly from them (also from New Zealand).

Last but not least there is also an iPhone app which is very helpful now that the bugs have been fixed.

All the above resources are collected at: [...]

Soifua!
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great way to learn Samoan May 21 2003
By Urs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Talofa Lava
This book by Galumalemana Afeleti L. Hunkin (a University professor for Samoan Language in Wellington, New Zealand) is perfect if you want to learn the Samoan Language. With lots of exercises and good explanations it makes learning the language easy and enjoyable.
I recommend to order the audio cassette with it. It is useful to hear native speakers who know how to pronounce their words...
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gagana Samoa - a GREAT learning tool~! Dec 10 2010
By Susan Afalava - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this book in 1993 and studied the language solely based on this book. This was a FANTASTIC book to use to start learning the language. I am a non-Samoan who has been speaking the language for over 17 years. Because I had my husband speak with me daily in Samoan, I had an extra advantage as I was able to practice the intricacies of the language.

One thing I noticed is that if you are NOT very good in English grammar (understanding what first person exclusive is, etc.), you will have a difficult time teaching yourself a language from a book! If you are not patient with learning and memorizing, you will also have a tough time! Some people learn better from visual sources (books) and others learn better through auditory means (orally)...I am a visual learner, so this book was a very successful tool for me.

Bottom line...learning another language takes time, patience, and practice. I highly suggest this book...it is a great tool for getting started with the Samoan language. Take it from someone who used it...successfully! :)
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2.0 out of 5 stars CD not included Oct. 5 2013
By Fiatoa - Published on Amazon.com
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The book has a lot of good information but the CD or CDs were not included with the purchase. I have tried several times and several different ways to find the CD that is supposed to accompany the book but have not been able to find it. The chapters have a CD symbol by the sections that offer CD assistance with pronunciation which would make a huge difference in the effectiveness of the book but without the CD it is impossible to know if you are pronouncing the words correctly which defeats the purpose of trying to learn the language. The Samoan language has several words that are spelled the same but the way the word is spoken is what determines its meaning...without the CD it's hard to learn how to use them in the proper context.
5.0 out of 5 stars Bilingual America! Feb. 14 2014
By Terri Mcintyre - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book (finally after years of searching) for my daughter who wishes to help teach her half-Samoan children their dad's native tongue. She and her husband are finding this and the children's picture language books extremely helpful. As an English teacher, I know how much studying other languages enhances an understanding of the primary language as well as deepens an understanding of the world. This book is a valuable addition to our collection.
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