Having completed the first three units of the Certificate in Te Ara Reo Māori, we started unit four, Te Wā (time) this week. On the face of it, it looks like there is going to be a lot to learn. We began the unit with an introduction to asking and answering the question, Ko te aha … Continue reading Telling the time
There's a quote often attributed to golfer Gary Player (perhaps misattributed), about luck. The story goes that someone commented on how lucky he was after he sunk a hole in one. "Well, the harder I practise, the luckier I get," he reportedly replied. Whether the concept originated with Player or someone else, it's something I … Continue reading Natural talent? I’m not convinced
Although I began studying the Māori language, te reo Māori, only this year, I had thought about it for several years. For various reasons, all of which I now realise were invalid, I held back. I bought a short teach-yourself book in 2009, but I didn't find it very helpful. Even though I love languages, … Continue reading Challenges and rewards
I read an article recently in which the writer spoke about his experience of learning some Māori language in a full-immersion setting. Good on you, I thought. Some comments on the article showed there were others who had a different opinion. I should point out that never did the writer suggest anyone follow his lead. … Continue reading Why the negative reactions to learning the Māori language?
Instead of spending the day in the classroom as usual, we Māori language students headed to the kitchen yesterday to present our "cooking shows" in te reo Māori. We had a a great time, and it was wonderful to see the teamwork. The cooking teams came together so well, and it was clear that much … Continue reading I tunu mātou! We cooked!
Declining health, a doctor's appointment, medication-induced insomnia, and a Māori assessment brought forward by a week... The past few days have been a little rough. I know many people don't like it when other people talk about the struggles they face with disease, so I apologise for doing exactly that. It would be hard to … Continue reading Tough times
It has been a busy week learning new grammar and a ton of new vocabulary, with a Sunday revision class thrown in for good measure. It looks like things are going to get even more intense over the next fortnight. Sunday's revision class at the wānanga was beneficial, and sometimes quite fun. We went over … Continue reading You want me to do what?