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

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.

Rātū/Tuesday

We’re learning te reo Māori in lockdown, e te whānau. Today we’re practising the ‘ng’ and ‘wh’ sounds. The letter combinations ‘ng’ as in sing, and ‘wh’ pronounced like an ‘f’, are called digraphs. That’s a fancy linguistic term I’ll probably forget immediately.

Grab your copy of the book. Let’s practise.

Find the meanings of the words we just practised! Write down as many as you can remember, and use Māori Dictionary to help you find the others (and double check my answers) .

Maunga
Ngaki
Ngaro
Ngata
Ngākau
Mātanga
Ngārara
Tīrangi
Kānga
Whakarongo
Whare
Whai
Whatitiri
Whana
Whāriki
Whā
Whāwhā
Whāea
Whakahē

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 – leonie@thespinoff.co.nz / @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.

I mean, how cute is that. (Image: Massey University)

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

Māori Made Easy is published by Penguin Random House New Zealand.



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