Ok so it seems I have to learn a new language too!  So will make notes as I go along.  Please feel free to make any corrections and/or useful additions (no rude or swear words please 🙂 ) Leigh.

Tino pai            have a good day, best, stunning
Kia ora             be well, be healthy
Kapai               good, fine
Autaia koe!      you are a champion!
Ata marie         good morning
Maunga           mountain
Tai ho just a minute, hang on a minute
tino pai, kotiro – very good, girl(?)

…. er….. I don’t think he understands me

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8 Responses to Maori

  1. Kylie says:

    Fantastic!!! This is a wonderful addition to your blog!!

  2. Leigh says:

    You will be pleased to hear there are no swearwords in Maori, or so I have been told.

  3. Leigh says:

    Haha most people here don’t talk Maori anyway, but there are the odd ones. Kei te aha koe? is a good phrase I use in class all the time if my students are up to no good. It just means what are you doing but it brings them to a standstill as they suddenly realise I am talking in Te Reo and then they ask don’t you mean Kei te pehea koe? which is the standard phrase that most knoe, How are you?

  4. Leigh says:

    full of spelling mistakes as in my instant messaging, but if you insist

  5. Leigh Hynes says:

    Kua kai anō koe?
    Have you had something to eat?

    He aha māu?
    What would you like?

    He wai ārani māku.
    I would like an orange juice.

    He wai reka māku.
    I would like a soft drink.

    He wai noa iho māku.
    Just water for me.

    He aha tō mahi?
    What do you do for a job?

    Kei hea koe e mahi ana?
    Where do you work?

    He kaimahi ahau nā (place of work)
    I work at (place of work)

    Nō konei anō koe?
    Nō konei tonu koe?
    Nō konei ake koe?
    Are you from around here?

    Ae, nō konei anō.
    Ae, nō konei tonu.
    Ae, nō konei ake au.
    Yes, I’m from here.

  6. Leigh Hynes says:

    Yes well thats where I struggle too!

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