Sunday, January 19, 2020

Kindness with nothing in return

While I was waiting to meet someone in Wellington last week I saw a lady approach a beggar who was on the very busy Lambton Quay.  They spoke for a few seconds, then the lady left, without giving the beggar any money.  I thought that maybe she had asked where a store was or perhaps had just said a few kind words.  A few minutes later the lady returned with a takeaway meal; she gave this to the beggar, they smiled at each other, then the lady left.  I watched both interactions and thought that it would be extremely unlikely that the beggar would be able to do anything for the person who bought her lunch, there would be no 'pay back', for the giver, other than knowing she had done something kind, perhaps encouraging someone else who saw what happened to do the same thing.

Today is Martin Luther King Day.  A quote from Dr.King was 'Life's most persistent question is "what are you doing for others?"'.  Reading this made me think about the interaction I described above.  It was an example of kindness to a vulnerable person, and society should be measured by how we treat, not judge, those in need.  #martinlutherking #helpingothers #actsofkindness

Friday, January 17, 2020

Bottom Up Progress

The book Strong Towns outlines strong beliefs around the necessity to make progress from the bottom up.  Author Charles Marohn shares how communities have made themselves stronger by simply getting started and doing so in small ways.  This doesn't mean that the bottom up community doesn't have lofty dreams, it simply means that they are empowering themselves, as opposed to waiting for a law, directive, policy, or anything else from 'above' that will force or motivate them to get started. 

The small incremental progress also leaves room for error or a change in the process.  Putting all eggs in the same basket leaves no room for flexibility, whereas a range of small actions that are aimed at the same goal allows for changes as required, making the community less fragile.  #leadership #strongtowns #strongcommunities

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Notice to users

Thank you everyone for your continued use of this blog.  I set it up a few years ago and, despite not having updated or added new posts, it still gets thousands of hits a month.  Because of the continued use I am going to go through the posts and add new content, especially audio and video.  This will make it more usable for everyone.  I will also add challenges that will encourage the actual use of the language that you learn through the blog.

I have also gone through the blog and deleted any of the content that is no longer working (such as links to old websites).

If you do have any feedback or suggestions, please leave a comment or email me at timnelson.nz@gmail.com.

Tim

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Lesson 50 - Pronoun recap

This week is a recap on the use of pronouns that we have been covering over the last few sessions.  

To ask someone:

'Where are you going?' we say:
Kei te haere koe ki hea?

 
Where he or she is going:
Kei te haere ia ki hea?

Where we (two of us) are going:
Kei te haere tāua ki hea? - (including the person being spoken to)
Kei to haere māua ki kea? - (not including the person being spoken to)

Where we (three or more of us) are going?:
Kei te haere tātou ki hea? - (including the person being spoken to)
Kei to haere mātou ki kea? - (not including the person being spoken to)

Where they (those two) are going?:
Kei te haere rāua ki hea?


Where they (three or more) are going?
Kei te haere rātou ki hea?

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Lesson 49 - Asking where we three (or more) people are going

Last week we looked at the question 'Where we (two of us) are going?'

Kei te haere tāua ki hea?
Kei to haere māua ki kea?

This week we will look at another variation on the theme, this time asking where we (three or more of us) are going?:

Kei te haere tātou ki hea? - Where are we all (including the person being spoken to) going?
Kei to haere mātou ki kea? - Where are we all (not including the person being spoken to) going?
 
To answer the question we:

replace 'hea' (where) with the place that we going - 'te toa' (the shop):

Kei te haere tātou ki te toa - We (including the person being spoken to) are all going to the shop
Kei te haere mātou ki te toa - We (not including the person being spoken to) are all going to the shop

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Lesson 48 - Asking where we (two people) are going

Last week we looked at the question 'Where is he/she going?'

Kei te haere ia ki hea?

This week we will look at another variation on the theme, this time asking where we (two of us) are going:

Kei te haere tāua ki hea? - Where are we (including the person being spoken to) going?
Kei to haere māua ki kea? - Where are we (not including the person being spoken to) going?
 
To answer the question we:

replace 'hea' (where) with the place that we going - 'te toa' (the shop):

Kei te haere tāua ki te toa - We (including the person being spoken to) are going to the shop
Kei te haere māua ki te toa - We (not including the person being spoken to) are going to the shop

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Lesson 47 - Asking where he or she is going


Last week we looked at the question 'Where is (a specific person) going?', e.g. 'Where is Hone going?'

Kei te haere a Hone ki hea?

This week we will look at a slight variation, this time asking where he or she is going:

Kei te haere ia ki hea?
 
To answer the question we:

replace 'hea' (where) with the place that he or she is going - 'te toa' (the shop):

Kei te haere ia ki te toa - He/she is going to the shop

Please note; 'ia' is used for he or she.