I'd like to speak and think in Te Reo
Yay! Kei te kōrero Māori koe, you're speaking some reo. Ka pai! You're able to talk about a range of things now with a couple of hiccup's here and there. Have a think about how to expand your reo. Using idiom (i.e. got the boot, over the moon) or kīwaha(ka mau te wehi, me he tē) and expanding on your use of whakataukī (whāia te iti kahurangi ...) could take your reo to another level. We have a couple to wet your taste buds below and some suggestions on things you may want to try.
Ko te pae tawhiti whāia kia tata ko te pae tata whakamaua kia tina!
Ki hea au e hoko tīkiti terina ai?
Ako | Learn
Here's some phrases to use while traveling to and from work or school taken from the tīkiti resource.
Kīanga | Phrases
tēnā, whakaatu mai tō tīkiti | please show your ticket
anei taku tīkiti | here is my ticket
aue! kua wareware i a au taku tīkiti | oh no! I forgot my ticket
kei te hiahia hoko tīkiti au ki Tāmaki Makaurau | I would like to buy one ticket to Auckland please
āhea ka wehe atu tō waka rererangi? | When does your plane leave?
Ki hea au hoko tīkiti terina ai? | Where do I buy a train ticket?
Ki tua atu | Take it a bit further
Learning some phrases is a great way of improving your reo Māori. Here's some to use while traveling to and from work or school. Using the phrases and words in your everyday language helps you to remember them, it also normalises te reo for you and others around you.
Kupu | Words
Whakarongo | Listen to the language being spoken
Try one of Māori TV's Language Learning shows Kōrero Mai is a great show for beginners, intermediate and advanced speakers of te reo or for a challenge try Ako
Listen to Māori Radio, go to Te Ara Māori Music or type Māori music into Youtube.
Listen to speeches on Digital NZ, Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision
Pānui | Read
Waiata | Song
He ara ki tua | Pathways
Looking for a job where you can use your reo Māori? The Careers NZ site has tools and information to help you find a job where your reo has a place.
Mātauranga | Education
Would you like to take things up a level, look for a local course or any of the fine institutions offering te reo Māori language as a subject. Follow this link