Yes it’s official, I am learning Samoan in 2013. It was a hard decision to make, but ultimately I want my kids to have an understanding of who they are and where they come from. Since they are one-quarter Samoan, I want them to grow up appreciating what that means. This reason was the ultimate reason why I chose Samoan over all the other languages. It has the least practical use for me and the least amount of resources, but it had the highest motivation for me to learn it.
Speaking of resources, I have collected several resources over the last few months using Evernote and I have already started to a Samoan resource page of the ones I have had a chance to review. Samoan does not have a large amount of free resources online like Spanish. A good and bad point is that Samoan does not have a plethora of courses, free or paid, like Spanish does. This means I am not having to filter through a lot of courses, but it also means I have less to choose from.
All of the resources I will be using will primarily come from 3 course manuals I have got my hands on: The book Gangana Samoa, The Peace Corp’s manual for learning Samoan, and the one I am most excited about is the Samoan for Mormon Missionaries. The Gangana Samoan book needs to be purchased, but the other 2 are available on my Samoan resource page.
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