Counting to 10 in Samoan is pretty straight forward: **Tasi, lua, tolu, fā, lima, ono, fitu, valu, iva, sefulu**.

Once you know the Samoan words for the numbers 1 to 10, it’s not too difficult to count to 100 and beyond.

Let’s take a closer look.

## Pronouncing Numbers 1 to 10 in Samoan

Samoan numbers are very similar to those of other Polynesian languages, so if you’ve learned to count in Hawaiian, this will be easy.

Here are the Samoan numbers from 1 to 10 with audio:

As you can see, the Samoan word for 10 is **sefulu**.

## The Numbers 10 to 20 in Samoan

To count past 10 and into the “teens”, just add one of the numbers we already know to **sefulu** to make a new number.

For example, 11 is 10 and 1, so in Samoan, 11 is **sefulu** and **tasi**, or **sefulu ma le** (and the) **tasi**.

See how that works?

In everyday Samoan, we often drop the *and the* (**ma le**) and just say **sefulutasi**.

## Counting Past 20 in Samoan

From 20, we switch up the order that we put the numbers together.

For example, to say 12, we use the words for 10 and 2 (**sefulu ma le lua**, or **sefululua**), but for the number 20, we think 2 and 10 instead.

So 20 is **lua** (2) + **sefulu** (10), or **luasefulu**.

This will be the same pattern for 30 (**tolu** + **sefulu**), 40 (**fā** + **sefulu**), 50 (**lima** + **sefulu**) and right up to 90.

And then we just add the incremental numbers. So for 21, we would think 2 + 10 + 1 and say **luasefulu ma le tasi**, or just **luasefulutasi**.

And our numbers just continue like that right up to 100.

## Counting to 100 and Beyond in Samoan

Now, our word for 100 is **selau**. Our word for 200 is **lua** (2) **selau**. Our word for 300 is **tolu** (3) **selau**. See that?

Our pattern for numbers after 100 (or any hundred) is very simple and predictable, now.

For 102, we would say **selau ma le lua**. For 112, we say **selau sefulu lua**. For 122, we say **selau lua sefulu ma le lua**. And for 222, we say l**ua selau, luasefulu ma le lua**.

Got it?

## Bonus Lesson: Counting People

All the numbers we’ve mentioned so far are used for all counting situations, but because our culture has a special regard for humans, when we count people, we always add the word **to’a** in front of the number. For example:

I have 3 houses. | **E tolu o’u fale.**

I have 3 children. | **E to’a tolu la’u fānau.**

She has 5 dogs. | **E lima ana maile.**

She has 5 teachers. | **E to’a lima ona faiaoga.**

So don’t forget. When you’re counting people, it’s correct to add the word **to’a** before the number.