I know the basics

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

Kaukau | Swim


Me haere tāua ki te kaukau | Lets go for a swim

Have a look at our beautiful new resource Kia Kaha te Reo Taiao produced in a collaboration with the Department of Conservation – Te Papa Atawhai

Ako | Learn

Upon arrival in Aotearoa, Māori began describing the environment around them and what they observed – the maunga(mountains), the awa(rivers), the birds and the insects. Over time, a new language – te reo Māori – evolved, shaped by the unique environment of Aotearoa. Te reo Māori, the Māori language, like so many of our other taonga in Aotearoa, is threatened. But, like the environment, with collective understanding, care and action the language will thrive.  Here are a few phrases from the booklet, check it out for more Kia Kaha Te Reo Taiao.

He Kīanga | Phrases

All the following pretty much mean – Awesome!

Tau kē!
Ka rawe!
Kino kē!
Ka mau te wehi!
Haramai tētahi āhua

Kupu hou | New words

Learn some of the words to do with our awesome environment – taiao.

Tai | tide

ngā ngaru | waves

tātahi | to the beach or on the beach

wai māori fresh water

kōkopu | giant bully

tuna | eel

oranga | wellbeing

ponga | silver fern

rau | leaf

pikopiko | edible fern shoots

ngahere | forest

manu | bird

wētā punga | giant wētā

mokomoko | lizard

Ki tua atu | Take it a bit further

How about doing something in your world with friends and family, going for a walk in the bush, and some manu(bird) spotting, or a haere(trip) to the moana(sea).  Using te reo Māori in everyday situations will strengthen your reo and the reo of those around you.  Everyone is doing it so don’t be shy, give it a try, kaua e whakamā, kai kaha!

Kōrero | Practice pronunciation

Learning how to pronounce words correctly is important and a great way to start, check out our pronunciation guide. Pronunciation guide
Have a look on the internet, there are apps with pronunciation guides and other apps to help you and those around you learn te reo, such as…

Kupu | Words

Kupu: Take a photo, learn a language
To coincide with Te Wiki o te Reo Māori, Spark and Te Aka Māori Dictionary have launched Kupu, an interactive mobile app powered by Google that helps people learn Te Reo Māori translations by exploring the objects around them. Kupu is really easy to use. Users simply take a picture, Kupu will then use image recognition to identify what the object is in the picture and provide Te Reo Māori translations for the object(s). Kupu is available for download free from the Google Play Store and the iOS App Store.
Here are some resources to help you learn a few words - learn about you with this poster or carry around this wallet phrase card for a quick language fix.  Print these labels and put them around your house
You can download posters of the Kia Kaha te Reo o te Taiao as posters also here
Here’s a poster from our resources from previous year a different type of taiao
Sign up with the Kupu o te rā site with new kupu coming to you everyday
Look at the list of 165 words on NZ History
The Ministry of Education has High Frequency wordlists

Whakarongo | Listen to the language being spoken 

Watch the promotional video’s made by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori to promote Te Wiki o te Reo Māori
Watch Reo Town produced for Māori Language Week
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 want to try Kōrero Mai
Listen to Māori Radio, go to Te Ara Māori Music or type Māori music into Youtube

Waiata | Song

There’s some really awesome te reo songs on Youtube, just type te reo, or waiata reo, or reo waiata into the search, here try this one from Ranea
Check out the Kapa Haka on Māori TV - Whakaata Māori
Listen to Māori Radio, go to Te Ara Māori Music

Pānui | Read

See the Digital NZ Te Wiki o te Reo Māori story updated with stories from Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2018
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.

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