Today I decided to share about some phrases and words in Maori language. Maori language is the language spoken by Maori (the indigeneous inhabitants) here in Aotearoa (New Zealand). Aotearoa means the land of the long white cloud. Since they are now promoting this language during this language week, I would like to share this with those who read my blog too. (yes, you!).
When you want to greet people, normally you can use "Kia ora" which means hello and it can also means bye. They call man as "Tane" and woman as "Wahine". How do you want to pronouce it? Well, just pronounce teh words according to the spelling. They are some words that are similar to my first language, Bahasa Melayu. The words are "Ika" as we call it "Ikan", number two in Maori is called "Rua" as in Bahasa Melayu we call it "Dua" and Ears are called "Taringa" in Maori while in Bahasa Melayu, we call ears "Telinga".
Kiwis or New Zealanders are called as "Pakeha" in Te Reo Maori. All Blacks, their national team for rugby always perform "Haka". It's actually a form of dance. Well, they are well-known with this kind of special dance that they perform before they start the match.
If you want to ask "What's your name?", you just have to say "Ko wai to ingoa?". The reply should be like "Ko Nuradyani taku ingoa"(my name is Nuradyani). If you don't no any other things to say, just say "He aha?"that means What?.
Okay I need to dash now. This is only my small effort to learn new language as I've been here for quite some time. (I won't forget my mother tongue, Bahasa Melayu though!) I really love to pick up new language and it's always good to learn othe people's language as well as their culture. Good luck in trying Korero Te Reo Maori.
Ka ki Te Ano. (See you).