Samoan proverbs

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Proverbs in the Samoan language

  • Fa'amatagi
    • Translation: From the direction of the wind.
    • Meaning: Tell the story from the begining.


  • Ua pona I vao, ‘ae liai’iina I ala.
    • Translation: The fault was committed in the bush, but it is now talked about on the highway.
    • Meaning: One cannot conceal problems forever.


  • E lele le toloa, ae ma'au i le vai.
    • Translation: (Toloa is a duck). A duck would fly all over, but will always return to the water.
    • Meaning: One would leave home, but will always return.


  • O le ala i le pule o le tautua
    • Translation: A way to success is to serve.
    • Meaning: Serving others will lead in the right path to success.


  • Aua ne'i galo Afia i si ona vao
    • Translation: Never forget the ever-waiting Afia in the forest
    • Meaning: Always remember the people who were kind to you


  • Afai e te iloa a'u i Si'ulepa, ou te iloa fo'i oe i Togamau
    • Translation: If you remember me in Si'ulepa, I will also remember you in Togamau
    • Meaning: An act of kindness given, shall be an act of kindness returned