Ko Arohatia te Reo te kaupapa hei tāhuhu mō Te Wiki o te Reo Māori i tēnei tau. Arohatia te Reo is the theme for Māori Language Week, which means to cherish the language. Every year the week seems to generate more and more support and at workplaces, schools and universities people are giving Te Reo Māori a go. If you want some help interpreting some of the expressions you have heard this week, read in the paper or seen on the internet here is a link to a mobile app that may help.
Another way to get involved is to listen to a book being read in Māori. Check out this link on our web site where you can hear Te Huihui o Matariki / The Seven Stars of Matariki By Toni Rolleston-Cummins. Click a book cover to listen, or one of these links: Te Huihui o Matariki read in te reo Māori, by Te Kahumatamomoe Taumata or The Seven Stars of Matariki read by the author, Toni Rolleston-Cummins.
If that inspires you to learn more then here are some great language resources to use.
KARAWHIUA!!! (Give it a go!!)
Everyday words in Māori / designer and modelmaker: Jo Litchfield ; Māori translation by Huia Publishers.
Hundreds of Māori words for everyday objects in everyday situations for beginner learners of Māori. Includes pronunciation guide and an alphabetical Māori/English list of all the words in the book. Suggested level: junior, primary.
Counting fish in Māori and English / [Ahurewa Kahukura].
“The importance of maintaining a child’s native language is now well recognised by parents and educators. It is also important for children from all backgrounds to experience other languages and culture. Our Tui range of bilingual educational books are designed specifically to achieve this. The range is beautifully illustrated with bright colours to appeal to young children and feature simple vocabulary in Samoan, Tongan, Maori as well as English. Our books cover a wide range of topics and will make learning languages fun for children. Children will love learning their very first words in Samoan, Tongan and Maori.” (Syndetics summary)
First hundred words in Māori / Heather Amery ; illustrated by Stephen Cartwright ; Māori translation by Huia Publishers.
“Big, brightly-colored pictures engage young learners and are accompanied by clear illustrations, with the M?ori word underneath. This encourages the direct association of the word with the object, making it easy to learn and reinforce meanings.” (Syndetics summary)
Q’s course in Māori / Quinton Hita ; illustrated by Zak Waipara Q’s Course in Maori was first released in 2001. An ideal starter for students of all ages and backgrounds, the programme will teach readers: *How to pronounce Maori correctly *How to introduce yourself *How to ask questions *How to describe things *Provide the basis for a useful vocabulary. Written in an accessible and amusing way, and amply illustrated by Zak Waipara.
Te Matatiki : contemporary Maori words / Maori Language Commission = Te Taura Whiri te Reo Maori.
“The growing interest in Maori language learning has created a need for new words to describe contemporary ideas. First published in 1991, this book was designed to make the new vocabulary created by the Maori Language Commission more widely accessible. This new edition of the bestselling publication will help further promote te reo Maori as a living language.” (Syndetics summary)
Te hikuwai : launch yourself into te reo Māori : a complete foundation course for Aotearoa’s own language / Ian Cormack. Te Hikuwai is a bilingual course in Te Reo Maori for learners of all backgrounds. It aims to present Maori as a vibrant language for today’s world and with dynamic prospects for the future. Te Hikuwai (the stream) is the first of two levels in a foundation course. Te Hikuwai is designed for learners with little or no previous experience of Maori, and aims to equip them with the basics of the language. (Syndetics summary)
Also coming soon to the library the second part of the self tuition program by Ian Cormack.
Wahapū : launch yourself into te reo Māori. Te Wahapu is the second book in this comprehensive, enjoyable and easily understandable self-tuition course for Maori language. Te Rere o te Reo offers an up-to-date bilingual approach to mastering te reo Maori, designed for learners of all backgrounds in today’s world. As notable Maori language advocate Piripi Walker says in his foreword: ‘Te Wahapu, like Te Hikuwai before it, provides all the steps you need for mastery of the first stages of speaking and writing idiomatic Maori. It has been located within real-life activities of contemporary people, scenarios which imagine you using Maori, in Maori-speaking networks, in modern settings. (Syndetics summary)