Whakarongo mai. Listen up! It’s Māori language week. This year the theme is “Te Reo i te Kāinga – Māori Language in the Home.” So here are a couple of useful words to add to your huinga kupu (vocabulary).
hōhā – (1) be boring, bored, wearisome, tired or fed up with (2) nuisance. “My little brother is hōhā “. I also have it on good authority that it can be used with angsty parents, as in, ” Mum, don’t be so hōhā!”
turituri – shut up. Not to be said to your elders!
So there you have it. Two new kupu to try on your whānau.
Te Wiki o te Reo Māori 2008 – karawhiua mai! (Māori language week 2008 – bring it on!)