Samoa Salutations

Oral/Verbal

These terms can be used for speeches and conversations and any other forms of oral/verbal communications.

Please note:
1. These include generally accepted terms.
2. Some of the terms used in formal/informal and oral/written contexts are the same.

Formal Informal
Greetings - Hello Talofa lava Talofa

Welcome

Afio mai a
Maliu mai a
Susu mai a
Mapu mai a
Pouliuligia mai a (if someone important arrives after nightfall)
Sautia mai a (if someone important arrives late at night or early in morning)
Sosopo mai (when welcoming an orator/tulafale)
Malo
Ua e sau
Farewell - Goodbye Fa'a-soifua ia
Faa-tofa ia
Tofa loa
Please Faamolemole Faamolemole
Thank you Faafetai tele lava
Malo Faafetai
Faafetai
Be well and prosper Ia soifua ma ia manuia  

Written

These terms can be used for letters and any other forms of written communications.


                                                    

Formal
Informal
Greetings - Hello Talofa lava
Faa-talofa atu
Talofa
Welcome Afio mai
Tala mai a'ao
Sosopo mai
Omai
Sau
Farewell - Good bye Tofa ia soifua
Soifua ma ia manuia
Tofa
Please Tofa malie
Finagalo malie
Faamolemole
Thank you Faafetai tele lava
Faafetai tele ma ia manuia (for ending letter)
Faafetai
Be well and prosper Ia soifua ma ia manuia