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American Samoa => Samoan Language => Topic started by: gkliewer on November 21, 2011, 08:40:45 AM

Title: Help with pronunciation please!
Post by: gkliewer on November 21, 2011, 08:40:45 AM
I am researching pronunciation of Samoan words in support of an audiobook company. Can you please help with phonetic spelling of the following words?
1. fiafia
2. fale
3. aiga
4. matai
5. Fono

for example, is it "fee-AH-fee-uh" or FEE-uh-FEE-uh"? "I-gah" or I-ee-gah"? "FOH-noh" or "fuh-NOH"?

Thank you in advance!
Title: Re: Help with pronunciation please!
Post by: ipacific on April 02, 2012, 09:24:07 PM
Just how they are spelled, Romantic pronunciation for vowels, like Spanish.


1. fiafia    fee-ahfee-ah   
2. fale      FAH-lei         
3. aiga     ah-INGa
4. matai   mah-TAI
5. Fono    FOH-no

More basics: http://www.ipacific.com/samoa/basic_samoan.html (http://www.ipacific.com/samoa/basic_samoan.html)