Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Family Key to Survival of Samoan Language

New Zealand's Minister of Education Hekia Parata says that the best institution for preserving the Samoan language is the family, not the government.

Sure, I'll be the first to admit that it excites me to see state schools offering Samoan as a class. But, really, can a few hours each week produce fluency and provide real context for what's being studied?

Not by a long shot. That's why I'd trade (almost) all the book learning in the world for a few more years in Samoa to really explore the language and its use in the most mundane settings to the deepest, most esoteric chiefly discourse.

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