Word List

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Maori English
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engari but
hiainu thirsty
hiakai hungry
hua whenua vegetables
huka sugar
kai food
kapu kawhe cup of coffee
ke already
mau for you
miraka milk
Maori English
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miti meat
noa iho only
paoka fork
pereti plate
rawe excellent
taputapu kai cutlery
tepu table
tina lunch, dinner
wahi kai café, restaurant
wai maori drinking water

Vowels

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

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Vowel How it sounds
a as in putt
e as in pen
i as in me
o as in for
u as in you
Vowel How it sounds
a as in car
e as in end
i as in tea
o as in your
u as in blue


Consonants

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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: a)

Tena |     Korero |     Maori |     Korua

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