I notice there has been a lot of traffic lately on an earlier post in which I wrote briefly about telling the time (te wā) in te reo Māori, so I thought I would write a more detailed post to help those looking for this information. Numbers First, knowing your numbers is essential: 1: Tahi … Continue reading How to tell the time in te reo Māori
Yes, I did it! I wrote a couple of days ago about my upcoming final assessment, a speech delivered exclusively in te reo Māori. Yesterday was the big day. I was extremely nervous, partly because public speaking is a terrifying experience for me, and partly because I knew that I was being assessed. If you're … Continue reading I did it!
Tomorrow is when everything I have learned this year is put to the test in the delivery of a speech, all in te reo Māori, to my teachers and classmates. The focus of the past few weeks has been on writing and practising the speech. There hasn't been much by way of learning new things, … Continue reading The heat is on!
I usually post at least once a week, but I've been quiet lately because I have been dealing with health issues. I'll come back to that at the end of the post. We're now coming to the end of our seventh unit, with another assessment next week. After that, our focus shifts to preparing for … Continue reading Tough times
I was listening this week to a Radio New Zealand interview of Māori language experts Sir Timoti Karetu and Prof Scotty Morrison about keeping te reo Māori alive. During the interview, Morrison mentioned achieving a "Matrix moment" during the course of learning a language. This is the moment when the student no longer has to … Continue reading The Matrix moment
We wrote our sixth assessment yesterday, and it's one I'd like to forget. I am certain I passed, but I know I didn't do as well as I have in previous assessments. It was really tough! I must confess my preparation for the assessment was lacking, mainly because I have been struggling with crippling fatigue … Continue reading E kore a muri e hokia
In the past two weeks we have been learning quite a bit about how to use te reo Māori to talk about travel. It's taking some effort to learn, because it's a lot more complicated than anything we have done so far. The questions we are learning to ask and answer are "Where are you … Continue reading Kei te haere koe ki hea?