Rauemi: Te Reo kei runga Pukamata/Te Reo on Facebook

We here at Te Matapihi ki te Ao Nui obviously love our pukapuka, and when you’re learning Te Reo, maybe for the first time, there’s no shortage of very helpful, carefully laid-out books that will take you through your kupu hou (new words), rerenga kōrero (phrases) and whakahua (pronunciation). We have a tidy collection of Reo textbooks and courses that you can look through here and here in our catalogue to get you started.

But to get really proficient in Te Reo or any language, there’s nothing like trying out your skills in te ao hurihuri – the real world! And in today’s world – March 2014 – a lot of our real-world kōrerorero happens online on te ipurangi, the wonderful world wide web. Forums where kaikōrero can talk together or see others use their reo in a relaxed way are easy places to get used to using reo, and that includes social media like Twitter and Facebook.

On Pukamata (Facebook) there are a couple of whārangi whakahirahira that aim to both provide a venue for using reo socially, and help kaikōrero build up their skills. The first of these, Normalising Te Reo Maori on Social Media, is just over a week old, but already has over 3000 members and they are sooo active. Almost daily the administrator posts a new kīwaha (saying) or aspect of Te Reo Māori idiom or grammar at a set level of difficulty, and often puts out a wero (challenge) to her readers to use the phrase themselves over the coming days – often working Pukamata or other technology into the challenge, such as asking learners to tag a friend with a cheeky kīwaha.

Whakatauki is a more in-depth, less community-oriented page (where Normalising Te Reo is a group, Whakatauki is a private page) that posts clear, detailed explanations and translations of idiom, songs and word origins. The page links to Youtube videos, posts video explanations of idiom, and writes about the explanations too below his videos or in separate posts.

“Liking” either wharangi will cause the posts and updates to appear in your Facebook feed, and they’re both a great way to fit a little practice and a little extra reo use into your day. Kia whaia te iti kahurangi – pursue that which is precious… even if in small amounts and squeezed into your Facebook feed! And, as always, if you need help finding more resources, the kaitiaki at te wharepukapuka are happy to point you at more taonga and learning material. Kia maia!

Māori words used in this post:

Te Matapihi ki te Ao Nui – Wellington City Libraries
pukapuka – book(s)
Te Reo (Māori language)
kupu hou – new words
rerenga kōrero – sentences
whakahua – pronunciation
te ao hurihuri – the world of today
kōrerorero – conversation
te ipurangi – the internet
kaikōrero – speakers
Pukamata – Facebook
wharangi whakahirahira – great pages
kiwaha – saying
wero – challenge
wharangi – page
Kia whaia te iti kahurangi – pursue that which is precious
kaitiaki – staff
whare pukapuka – library
taonga – treasures
Kia mia – be brave