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
Kaputino | Cappuccino
He Kaputino koa | Can I have a coffee please?
Ako | Learn
Learn some simple sentence structures. To be able to converse you need to know a bit more than a few words and phrases. Learning some sentence structures will get you on your way.
Is used to indicate present time in an active verb sentence for present time
Kei te haere rātou ki te toa kawhe | They are going to the coffee shop
Is used to indicate past tense
Kua haere rātou ki te toa kawhe | They have gone to the coffee shop
Is used to indicate past time in an active sentence
I haere rātou ki te toa kawhe | They have been to the coffee shop
Kupu anō | Alternate words
Go out with some friends and or family and impress them by ordering your coffee in te reo Māori, here are some alternate coffee names and other drinks, food names
Expresso | Kawhe kutē
Short black | Pango poto
Long black | Pango roa
Flat white | Mōwai
Tea | Kaputī
Latte | Rate
Soy latte | Rate pīni
Americano | Amerikano
Mocha | Moka
Hot chocolate | Tiakarete wera
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 spoken about.
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
Ministry of Education has High Frequency wordlists
Whakarongo | Listen to the language being spoken
Pānui | Read
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