This week is Māori Language Week. The theme of this year's Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori is ākina te reo – behind you all the way which is about using te reo Māori to support people, to inspire and to cheer on.
The Māori Language Commission have shared 50 phrases in te reo Māori that are simple to use, even for those with little or no grasp of the language. You might like to try some at home? We already use some of them at school and will be learning some of the others this week, and over the rest of the year.
Here are some links for learning, games and activities to explore:
Ideas for celebrating Māori Language week with your family
There are plenty of other ways you can celebrate Māori Language Week at home. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Use 5 Māori Words a Day
Create a family challenge where by every member has to use 5 Māori words in conversation each day. While it might seem like a difficult task at first, chances are you already know more than 5 words and use them without even thinking. Some common Māori words which are used in everyday conversation include:
- Kia ora – Hello
- Kapai – Good
- Whare – House
- Kai – Food
- Whanau – Family
- Puku – Tummy
- Korero – Talk, speak, have a conversation
- Moe – Sleep
- Waiata – Song, to sing
- Karakia – Prayer, pray
Learn New Words
Make an effort to learn a dozen Māori words before the end of the week. You may choose to label rooms and furniture in your house, or find out the Māori words for your favourite animals. You can get instant translations for almost every word at www.maoridictionary.co.nz.