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New Zealand: Te Reo - an introduction into Maori language

New Zealand: Te Reo - an introduction into Maori language

Автором Urban Napflin

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New Zealand: Te Reo - an introduction into Maori language

Автором Urban Napflin

Длина:
202 pages
2 hours
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Издано:
Sep 5, 2014
ISBN:
9780473257293
Формат:
Книге

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Short Maori language course for New Zealand travellers and newcomers who would like to understand or even speak some sentences in Te Reo Maori and learn more about the underlying Maori culture.

E-book sections:
Introduction - History and related languages - The alphabet - Pronounciation - What makes learning Te Reo easier - What makes learning Te Reo difficult - Visiting a marae - Pōwhiri - Greetings in the marae - Introducing oneself in the marae - Whai kōrero - Words - Words you probably already know! - Words which are often used - Greetings - Countries - Cities - New Zealand places - Names - Numbers - Weekdays - Months - Seasons - Times - Local expressions - Colours - The human body - Religion and culture - School - Family - Food - Modern words - Other frequently occurring words - Texting in Te Reo - Maori English slang - Auxiliary words and particles - Basic grammar: how to form simple sentences - Articles - Personal pronouns - Present tense - Past tense - Future tense - Passive - Possessive pronouns - Adjective reinforcements - Commands - Negation - Example sentences - Questions and answers - Other example sentences - Waiata - Proverbs - Prayers - More resources - Learning resources: internet - Learning resources: books - Online dictionaries - Other interesting resources - The author

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An Introduction for Travellers and Newcomers

Urban Napflin

Haere mai ki Aotearoa!

Welcome to New Zealand! ('Go-here-to-New Zealand')

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Xinxii Edition Version 2.0

Copyright © 2014 Urban Napflin, Whangarei Tours Ltd, Tourleader New Zealand

ISBN: 978-0-473-25729-3

E-Book Distribution: XinXii

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All rights reserved. This ebook, including all its parts, is protected by copyright and must not be copied, resold or shared without the permission of the author.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

History and related languages

The alphabet

What makes learning Te Reo easier

What makes learning Te Reo difficult

Visiting a marae

Greetings in the marae

Introducing oneself on the marae

Whai kōrero

Words

Words you probably already know!

Words which are often used

Greetings

Countries

Cities

New Zealand places

Names

Numbers

Weekdays

Months

Seasons

Times

Local expressions

Colours

The human body

Religion and culture

School

Family

Food

Modern words

Other frequently occurring words

Texting in Te Reo

Māori English slang

Auxiliary words and particles

Basic grammar and how to form simple sentences

Articles

Personal pronouns

Present tense

Past tense

Future tense

Passive

Possessive pronouns

Adjective reinforcements

Commands

Negation

Example sentences

Questions and answers

Other example sentences

Waiata

Proverbs

Prayers

More resources

Learning resources: internet

Learning resources: books

Online dictionaries

Other interesting resources

The author

Introduction

Nearly 650,000 New Zealanders identify themselves as of Māori descent, a number that has increased by 30% in the past 15 years and is far from the lowest number of 43,000 in 1896 which was caused by epidemics, warfare and alcohol.

Te Reo ('the language') is, in addition to English and sign language, a national language of New Zealand since 1987, but unfortunately only about half of all Māori speak more than a few words or sentences. Only one in four Māori or 4% of New Zealanders can speak fluently. This is improving recently, as politics have changed radically over the past years and Te Reo is now supported in every way. It will, however, only develop into a real and living language if children are educated by their parents to be consistently bilingual. Every year has a Māori Language Week that promotes the language in the media (last week in July). There are now television, radio stations and magazines in Te Reo, but still one can only hear it in remote areas as an everyday language.

Due to the spiritual and traditional importance of the language it has mainly survived during ceremonies in the traditional meeting houses.

For travellers, knowledge of the Māori language is not necessary, but knowing some pronounciation and words certainly helps to better understand the Māori aspects of New Zealand. Especially if you think you will receive an invitation into a meeting house, some understanding is a good start to enhance your experience. It is also a very interesting language and for western ears has a highly exotic appeal.

Māori know how difficult it is to learn their language and there are not many Māori who are fluent in Te Reo. It is a worthwhile effort though: Te Reo skills are probably the best proof that someone respects Māori culture and traditions. Travelling gets more exciting and the knowledge of some words or phrases is guaranteed to lead to interesting and funny situations. And last but not least you will acquire heaps of 'mana' - reputation and respect! Ideally, with the help of this little language course you will not only be able to understand the example sentences, but by exchanging variables like words, times, etc. you'll also be able to form your own sentences.

History and related languages

Te Reo is an Eastern Polynesian language und strongly resembles other languages of the region, it is especially close to Tahitian and Rarotongan languages, but the similarities stretch all the way to Hawaii and Easter Island (Rapa Nui). The Austronesian language family reaches as far as Madagascar, with 1,200 languages and 270 million speakers.

There are also rumours/theories tracing the origins of Māori language to ancient Egypt, Indonesia or even Japan.

European missionaries held their church services in Te Reo from the start and developed the written form of today - prior to that it was only a

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