Word List

Learn these words, and then test yourself

 
MāoriEnglish
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āe yes
ako learn
āpōpō tomorrow
au me/I
haere go
hoa friend
ia he/she, him/her
ingoa name
kia ora hello
kāore/kāo no
 
MāoriEnglish
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koe you (1 person)
kōrero speak, talk
mahi work
mōhio know
really? is that right?
pai good
pēhea how (as in how are you)
reo language
tīmata begin, start
tūtaki greet, meet
 

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.

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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

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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

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Stress the first syllable

marae | marea

taraipiunara | Te Heuheu