I'd like to speak and think in Te Reo

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!
Seek to bring distant horizons closer, and sustain and maintain those that have been arrived at.




Kātahi te namunamuā o tēnei kawhe kutē

This is a delicious espresso 

You can read more in our Kōrero Kawhe resource here – a great tool to help you speak more Māori when you're getting your coffee.

Ako | Learn

Here are some easy kīwaha for you to try there. Have a look online for some more or ask your friends what ones they know 

Kīwaha | Idiom

Kīwaha or idiom are are colloquial, informal sayings used in everyday language, sometimes it is easy to get the meaning other time it is not a literate translation, for example 'ka mau te wehi'.  An example in English is 'you got the boot' this does not mean one received an over sized shoe.  Here are some to try:

Ka mau te wehi! | Awesome!
Me he tē | Like a boss
Ehara i te tī | Y.O.L.O.
Ehara! Ehara | Yes! Yes! On the contrary
Haramai tētahi āhua | Awesome

Ki tua atu | Take it a bit further

Find others that are learning te reo Māori and have a conversation, go out for a coffee, or spend some time on the phone.  Look to expand your conversation by talking about things you have seen or read. Watch Te Karere or Te Kāea, break it down or summerise it with friends.

Kupu | Words

Have a look for more kīwaha
Ministry of Education has High Frequency wordlists
Have a look at He Pātaka Kupu online

Whakarongo | Listen to the language being spoken

Try one of Māori TV's Language Learning shows Kōrero Mai is a great show for beginners
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

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