Pasifika languages 1 - Gagana Sāmoa

Bachelor of Maori and Indigenous Studies

This 10-hour short course will give you a solid foundation in the basics of Samoan language. On completion you’ll be able to: pronounce components of the language with some confidence; participate in prayer and song; recite your oral presentations/introductions; understand basic protocols; understand and deliver basic greetings, farewells and numbers.

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How to apply

To apply for one of our short courses, fill in a copy of the application form, available here, and email to or mail to Enrolment Centre, Ara Institute of Canterbury, PO Box 540, Christchurch Mail Centre.

Learning outcomes

  • Pronounce a Pasifika language with some confidence
  • Participate in tatalo ma pese
  • Recite folasaga
  • Understand basic aganu'u
  • Understand and produce basic greetings, farewells and numera.
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Pasifika languages 2 - Gagana Sāmoa

This intermediate level short course follows on from Gagana Samoa 1 and provides further skills in reading and speaking in Samoan.

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