I know the basics
Awesome you know some basics, some words and phrases and you're pronunciation is getting better everyday. Time to take it further? We've put a some examples of sentences below and through the week will add a few more. There's also some suggestions on how you can take your reo even further.
Kia Kaha te reo Māori
Tīkiti | Ticket
Kia kotahi te tīkiti pahi/tereina/waka tere māku | Can I have one bus/train/ferry ticket for me please?
Ako | Learn
Learning words, simple sentence structures and phrases will enable you to start communicating in te reo Māori with others. Socialising is a great way to learn, get together for a trip on the bus, go for a coffee, or to a park to communicate with your friends and family
He rereāhua | describing something
Is used before names, proper pronouns and common nouns - see Māori dictionary for definition
Ko Mīria tēnei | This is Mīria
Ko te wāhi tika tēnei nē? | This definitely the right place ay?
a, an, some - used when referring to something that is not specific - see Māori dictionary for definition
He pouaka tēnei | This is a box
He tangata matatau ia | He is a knowledgeable person
Kupu hou | New words
Go exploring with friends and family on te pahi or even te waka rererangi
pahi | bus
tereina | train
waka rererangi | plane
waka tere | ferry
tūnga pahi | bus stop
teihana tereina | train station
taunga rererangi | airport
wāpu | wharf
wātaka | timetable
rangi | sky
āhea te pahi ka tae mai? | when does the bus arrive?
Anei taku tīkiti | Here is my ticket
Ki tua atu | Take it a bit further
Talk about your travel to work, ask a work mate or your kids about their travel that day. Using the words in everyday conversation will help you to remember them and normalises the use of te reo Māori. Don't be disparaged if it seems difficult, keep at it, kia kaha, it will come
Kōrero | Practice pronunciation
Learning how to pronounce words correctly is important and a great way to start, check out our pronunciation guide. Pronunciation guide
Kupu | Words
Whakarongo | Listen to the language being spoken
Te Whanake has a series of videos in te reo Māori for all learners
Listen to words being spoken on Māori Dictionary
Watch Māori TV to hear the reo being spoken and sung
Try one of Māori TV's Language Learning shows Tōku Reo is a great show for beginners or you may try Kōrero Mai
Listen to Māori Radio, go to Te Ara Māori Music or type Māori music into Youtube
Waiata | Song
Pānui | Read
Check out the helpful booklets in Resources on Te Taura Whiri site
Read about the history of the Māori language
Read books, check out local library, or Digital NZ at the National Library and online.
Read te reo Māori stories as a family or with friends.
See the Digital NZ Te Wiki o te Reo Māori story
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