Telling the time

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

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Natural talent? I’m not convinced

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

Why the negative reactions to learning the Māori language?

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?