Pukenga timatanga
Basics


warekolily.jpgStarting to korero Maori begins with pronunciation. In this section you can find a basic guide to the vowels and other sounds that make up te reo Maori. Use our audio clips as well as phonetic (sound) guides.

When you’ve had a go at the sounds, try our interactive conversations. The conversations are based on everyday situations like shopping and include introductory grammar, vocab and cultural information.


Kianga timatanga
Basic phrases

Maori language is fun and easy to use in social settings. Here are some simple phrases to use on such occasions. Most of these phrases have a Nga Puhi / Far North flavour, and we have provided others used by other iwi too.

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

He aha mau?
What would you like?

He wai arani maku.
I would like an orange juice.

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

He wai noa iho maku.
Just water for me.

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

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

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

No konei ano koe?
No konei tonu koe?
No konei ake koe?
Are you from around here?

Ae, no konei ano.
Ae, no konei tonu.
Ae, no konei ake au.
Yes, I'm from here.

Ehara au no konei.
No, I'm not from here.

He aha o mahi i tenei ra?
What did you do today?

I pehea to ra?
How was your day?

Piro rawa atu!
It sucked!

Pai marika taku ra!
I had a great day!

E aha ana koe a te po?
Kei te aha koe a te po?
What are you doing tonight?

Hei aha mau?
What's it to you?

Kahore kau.
He kore noa iho.
Nothing.

He aha ai?
Why?

E mate kai ana koe?
Are you hungry?

Ka rawe!
Tino pai ke!
Too much!

Te pai hoki o to hanga.
To ataahua hoki ra.
You look good.

Ka nui tena maku.
Kua ora au.
That's enough for me.
I've had enough.

He aha te waiata pai ki a koe?
He aha nga puoro pai ki a koe?
What kind of music do you like?

Kei ena tikanga hoki.
To hatakehi hoki.
Hey, you're a bit dodgy.
You are hard case.

Me ata inu koe.
Go easy on the drinking.

 

E ata inu ana au.
I'm just taking it easy (i.e. drinking).

Ka rawe te korero Maori.
Gee speaking Maori is good fun.

Ka rawe.
Choice, awesome.

Ehara mai!
Ka mau te wehi!
Awesome!

He aha pea he mahi ma taua?
Shall we do something?

Kua haere au.
Okay, I'm off.

Ka kite ano.
See you again.