Word List

Learn these words, and then test yourself

 
MāoriEnglish
Click on each underlined word to hear how it sounds

hoa

friend
hoa rangatira husband, wife, partner
hoki return, also
hungarei mother/father in law
kāinga home
kei hea where (question)
kōrua you (2 people)
māmā mother
mātaamua eldest sibling
me
and
 
MāoriEnglish
Click on each underlined word to hear how it sounds
mokopuna grandchild/grandchildren
rāua they/them (2 people)
tama son
tamāhine daughter
tamaiti child
tamariki children
tāua we/us (2 people)
tīpuna grandparents
tokohia how many
whāngai adopted/foster child
 

Vowels

There are 5 vowel sounds in Māori; they are pronounced ‘short’ or ’long’. In written form, the long vowel is usually marked with a macron e.g. ā.

Click on each letter to hear how it sounds

VowelHow it sounds
a as in putt
e as in pen
i as in me
o as in for
u as in you
VowelHow it sounds
ā as in car
ē as in end
ī as in tea
ō as in your
ū as in blue

 

Consonants

Click on each consonant to hear how it sounds

The consonant sounds are:

h |     k |     m |     n |     ng |     p |     r |     t |     w |     wh

ng    as in singer

wh    as in feather

r    pronounced quite close to the English L, with the tongue near the front of the mouth


 

Stress

Click on each word to hear how it sounds

Stress the first long vowel (as indicated by a macron eg: ā)

Tēnā |     Kōrero |     Māori |     Kōrua

Click on each dipthong to hear how it sounds

ae |     ao |     ai |     au |     ei |     eu |     oi |     ou

Click on each word to hear how it sounds

Stress the first syllable

marae | marea

taraipiunara | Te Heuheu