Saturday, March 26, 2011

Lesson 4 - Greeting people by what they are

This week's lesson is about greeting people using terms such as the following (always useful when you forget someone's name!):

kare - close friend
hine - girl (short for kōhine)
tama - boy
whaea - mother
tangata - person
pakeke - adult
wahine - woman
koroua - elderly man
tamariki - children
matua - father.

The process is the similar to greeting someone by name; if there are one or two syllables in the noun (e.g. tama) an 'e' is used, for example:

Kia ora e tama / Hi boy

If there are more than two syllables in the noun (e.g. wahine) an 'e' is not used, for example:

Tēnā koe wahine / Hello woman

14 comments:

  1. those are the good basic starters.

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  2. Mr nelson greeting sound so differrent in maori.
    How do you learn all of maori and french in must be confusing

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  3. its a bit quiet but you can still here it

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  4. thats good I can remember it all now

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  5. these are good and easy te reo greetings to start of with

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  6. i really don't know any te reo

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  7. ausom i never would of knowen that

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  8. I love learnig Te reo moari it is cool

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  9. There's also Kuia- an elderly woman or grandmother.

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