Tēnā Koutou Katoa
Nō Ngāti Whānaunga rātou ko Ngāti Pāoa ko Ngāti Apakura au,
Ko Moehau rāua ko Taupiri ngā maunga
Ko Waihou rāua ko Waikato ngā awa
Ko Tainui te waka
He mihi potopoto tēnei ki a koutou,
Nau mai hāere mai ki kōnei
Tēnā koutou tēnā koutou tēnā koutou katoa
How to make the macrons 'appear'
1/ To make the macrons appear, make sure you change the board style to "redIce", click here http://forum.unilang.org/phpBB2/profile.php?mode=editprofile
2/ The following codes will add the line above the vowel -
Ā = &# 256; (with no spaces between the # and the first digit)
ā = &# 257;
Ē = &# 274;
ē = &# 275;
Ī = &# 298;
ī = &# 299;
Ō = &# 332;
ō = &# 333;
Ū = &# 362;
ū = &# 363;
Tohutō (macrons) are important as they mark vowel length. A vowel with a macron is pronounced twice as long as a vowel with no macron.
I just want to say for those of you who are reading you've just taken the first big step to learning another language. I want you to know what you are doing is notable and honourable and the Māori people will love you for it.
I want this group to be a Kōhanga Reo, a language nest. That is, a place where we can all learn and value what each of us has to share.
I will be acting as the kaiako (instructor, teacher) for these lessons.
As for homework, feel free to submit homework to my pm box or publish them here for everyone to see....either way I'll mark it
The letters are
A, E, I, O, U (the vowels, which can be lengthened)
H, K, M, N, NG P, R, T, W, WH (the consonants)
NOTE ON THE 'NG' and 'WH'
This is pronounced the same as the ng in singer (without the si or the er part).
The 'wh' is a soft 'f' sound, and not the hard 'f' sound heard in English.
All consonants are how you would pronounce them in English, however, the 'r' is pronounced as an 'r/d' sound and not a 'r/l' (rolled Japanese r) nor is it trilled as in Spanish. P is more of a p/b sound and the t can be pronounced as a 'ts' depending on which vowels follow it. However, an English pronunciation of p and t is ok, but not as good as the real 'Māori' one .
The vowels are pronounced as you would pronounce them in Spanish, Japanese, Hawai`ian, Tahitian, Tongan etc.
A = Ah
E = Eh
I = EE
O = AW
U = OO
You can remember the pronounciation by this silly sentence -
Ah they eat walls too?
Each lesson will consist of a dialogue, with a Māori and an English version, as well as explainations of what each part of it means. Following the dialogue there will be a vocabulary list, and some homework exercises.
Waka : Tēnā koe, ko wai tōu ingoa?
Riu : Tēnā koe, ko Riu tōku ingoa, ko wai tōu ingoa?
Waka : Ko Waka tōku ingoa, nō hea koe?
Riu : Nō Rarotonga au, nō hea koe?
Waka : Nō Rapa Nui au, kei te hiakai koe?
Riu : Kāo, kei te hiawai au
Waka : Haere mai ki roto
Riu : Kāo, Kei te haere atu au ki te umu i te oneone, e haere koe?
Waka : Āe, e haere atu au ki te umu
Riu : Ka kite anō au i a koe i reira, kia ora rā
Waka : Āe, ka kite anō au i a koe hei reira ā te ahiahi nei, kia ora rā.
Waka : Hey, what's your name?
Riu : Hey, my name is Riu, what's yours?
Waka : My name is Vaka, where are you from?
Riu : I'm from Rarotonga, where are you from?
Waka : I'm from Rapa Nui, are you hungry?
Riu : No, but I'm dying for water
Waka : Come inside,
Riu : No thanks, I have to go to the umu at the beach, are you going?
Waka : Yes, I'll be going to the umu
Riu : I'll see you again there, see you
Waka : Yes, I'll see you again there this afternoon, bye.
kia ora/ tēnā koe (to one person)- greetings
What is your name?
Ko wai tōu ingoa?
Ko Ariki tōku ingoa.
Ko wai tōu ingoa mōkai Tāne Ariki??
Ko Riki tōku ingoa mōkai.
Where are you from?
Nō whea/hea koe?
I'm from Aotearoa (The North Island)
Nō Aotearoa au.
Pēhea - How
To say how are you in Māori you say -
Kei te pēhea koe? How are you?
You might reply -
Kei te pai au - I'm good
Kei te kino au - I'm bad
Kei te tino kino au - I'm really bad
Kei te tino hiakai au - I'm really hungry
If you want to ask a group of people how they are, you say -
Kei te pēhea koutou katoa?? How are all of you?
What if you wanted to say 'this morning/afternoon/tonight/today'?
You would say -
Kei te pēhea koe i te ...(time).... nei
Kei te pēhea koe i te awatea nei?
How are you this midday (no English equivalent).
He Kupu Hou - New Words
Kia Ora - Hi, bye
E, tēnā koe - Hey, greetings
Koe - you (singular)
Kōrua - you two (dual)
Koutou - you (plural)
Au/hau/wau - I/me
Katoa - All
Auē - Interjection of sadness
Kaiako - Teacher
Māori - Polynesian
hiakai - Hungry
hiawai - Thirsty (for water)
Koa - Joy, happy
Ātaahua - beautiful
Matenga - death, sickness
ata - morning
awatea - midday
ahiahi - afternoon
pō - night
noho - sit
tomo - enter
Haere mai - welcome
tika - correct
mea - thing
Ināianei - now
Ākuanei - soon
Āe - yes
Kāo - no
Ingoa - name
Ingoa mōkai- nickname
Pai - good
Kino - bad
Tino kino - really bad
Pēhea - how
To maintain what you learn, it's important for you to do this part, as it allows you to put in to practice what you have learnt from the lesson. Please present these to the class.
1/Pretend you live in Hangaroa, and you have met a stranger on the other side of town, attending to their garden and you want to say hello. Start up a conversation with this stranger, ask how they are and where they are from.
2/Play the part of the stranger. Invite the person you played before in to your house and show them Polynesian hospitality. It's not what you have to offer, it's how you offer it.[/color]