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Samoan (Gagana fa'a Sāmoa or Gagana SāmoaIPA:

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{{#invoke:Redirect template|main}}) is the language of the Samoan Islands, comprising the independent country of Samoa and the United States territory of American Samoa. It is an official language—alongside English—in both jurisdictions.

Samoan, a Polynesian language, is the first language for most of the Samoa Islands' population of about 246,000 people. With many Samoan people living in other countries, the total number of speakers worldwide is estimated at 470,000. It is the third most widely-spoken language in New Zealand, where more than 2% of the population - 86,000 people - were able to speak it as of 2013.<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref>

The language is notable for the phonological differences between formal, and informal speech as well as a ceremonial form used in Samoan oratory.


Samoan language sections
Intro  Classification  Geographic distribution  Phonology  Grammar  Registers  Writing system and alphabet  Vocabulary  See also  Notes  References  External links  

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