Do Māori Made Easy with me: Week one, day three

She’s not a teacher or a fluent speaker – she just wants to practise te reo Māori with you! Join Leonie Hayden as she works through the first four weeks of Scotty Morrison’s Māori Made Easy, thanks to Penguin Random House NZ.


Today we’re practising our pronunciation of the letter ‘r’ and in order to do that, we’re going to practise Māori place names. These are probably the words we’ve been taught to pronounce incorrectly the most, so if you’re not confident with the rolled’r’ sound it’s a combination of two quite hard lessons in my opinion. But we got this! Practice, practice, practice, ne?

And now listen to Scotty Morrison read whakataukī/proverbs.

I hope you closed your eyes and tried to imitate the beautiful sounds of Scotty’s words. It’s important to realise early on that learning te reo is about listening and speaking, not just learning from a book although it’s a great place to start. For that reason, I love to have Māori Television on in the background when I’m making kai, or albums by Maisey Rika, Rob Ruha or Maimoa.

Get it in your ears and your tongue will follow.

Find all my other MME posts here. Get in contact if you have any questions for me or for an expert at a later date – / @sharkpatu on Twitter / @leonie_hayden on Instagram.

© This reading of Māori Made Easy was made possible with the generous support of Penguin Random House New Zealand. Buy Māori Made Easy here and at all good bookstores.

As well as doing this with me, you can sign up for Toro Mai and learn with real teachers! They’re free online te reo Māori and tikanga Māori lessons created by Stacey and Scotty Morrison.

Other online resources can be found at the bottom of this list of classes.
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