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

Kaputino | Cappuccino


He Kaputino koa | Can I have a coffee please?

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

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.

He reremahi | An active sentence
In an active sentence, the subject performs the action of the verb.

Kei te
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

I (te)
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

Try one of Māori TV's Language Learning shows Tōku Reo is a great show for beginners
Listen to Māori Radio, go to Te Ara Māori Music or type Māori music into Youtube.

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