This eight-week course for absolute beginners will start you on the journey to learn Māori tikanga (culture) and introductory te reo (language) at a steady, comfortable pace. You will learn useful vocabulary to use in your home and everyday life and gain an understanding of the Māori world view through the learning medium of te reo.
A course workbook is provided.
Everyday Māori for Beginners is suitable for everyone who wants to start learning te reo.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- use correct pronunciation
- express greetings and farewells for friends and family
- introduce themselves and their family
- acknowledge others using te reo; and
- integrate useful vocabulary into your everyday life
The course covers the following topics:
- Week 1: Whakahua kupu – pronunciation
- Arapū – alphabet
- Orokati – consonants
- Oro puare – vowels
- Week 2: Whakawhanaunga – getting aquainted
- He kōrero whakamōhio - meeting & introducing other people
- Mihi ōpaki - informal greetings
- Poroporoaki - farewells
- Week 3: Whanau (family)
- Ētahi kupu whānau - family relationships
- Tōku whānau – my family
- Week 4: Tūrangawaewae - A place to stand
- Nō hea koe? – Where are you from?
- E noho ana koe ki hea? - Where do you live?
- E mahi ana koe ki hea? - Where do you work?
- Week 5: Ngā rā o te wiki – days of the week
- Ngā tatau: numbers
- Ngā rā o te wiki: days of the week
- Ngā marama o te tau: months of the year
- Kei te pēhea…? - Asking how someone is?
- Week 6: Te reo ōpaki – Useful phrases
- Te waea – on the phone
- Tuhi reta – letter writing
- Kei te rūma kai – in the dining room
- Kēmu - Games
- Kei te papa tākaro - At the sports field
- Week 7: Tikanga ōkawa Māori (Māori customs)
- Tikanga Māori in the formal Pōwhiri
- Tikanga Māori in informal marae or meeting settings
- Using Tikanga Māori
- Week 8: Aromatawai
Learning activities focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing te reo Māori. To reinforce your learning homework is encouraged. There is no formal assessment.
There is a short break half-way through each session, and tea/coffee is provided. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments if you wish.
This course is limited to a maximum of 20 participants, so please enrol early.
Ko Ruapehu te Maunga,
Ko Whanganui te Awa,
Ko Aotea te Waka,
Ko Te Atihaunui-a-paparangi te Iwi.
Kealyn Te Amotahi Marshall-Nyman is studying towards a Bachelor of Arts in Te Reo Māori and Māori studies and a Bachelor of Teaching at Victoria University. He has a passion for Te Reo Māori and Māori culture and enjoys sharing his knowledge with others through education.
E rere kau mai te awa nui
Mai i te kāhui maunga ki Tangaroa
Ko au te awa
Ko te awa, ko au
Kuratapirirangi Martina Rose Marsha Higgins (Ngāi Tūhoe) recently graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Arts in Māori Studies and Māori Resource Management as well as a minor in Italian. Kura is passionate about languages and enjoys helping others in learning te reo Māori by imparting her own knowledge. She has past experience tutoring te reo Māori at Victoria University.
Te Owaimotu Crawford has recently completed a Bachelor of Arts in Te Reo Māori and Māori Studies and a minor in Linguistics from Victoria University. Te Owaimotu has tutored te reo Māori at Victoria University for many years. She wishes to contribute to the revitalisation of the language in any way possible, be it teaching or policy development.
Jamie Yeates (Te Āti Awa; Te Pae o Rangitīkei) has recently completed his Honours degree in Māori Studies after receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Te Reo Māori, Māori Studies and Cultural Anthropology. He has a passion for te reo Māori and Māori culture, and previously tutored the language at Victoria University of Wellington.
Jacob McGregor has recently completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations with a minor in Te Reo Māori. He has had the joy of tutoring te reo Māori for the past two years at Victoria University. Jacob is eager to share his enthusiasm for te reo Māori with others.
Te Kawa a Māui
Everyday Māori for Beginners - Level 2
Language Learning Centre
For further information:
Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140.
Phone 04 463 6556, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: Courses need a minimum number of enrolments to go ahead. If your course doesn’t reach the number required, we’ll have to cancel it. If this happens, we’ll contact you by phone or email about a week before the scheduled start date and arrange a full refund. Please check your emails regularly.