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Some resources

Just thought members might like to know that there is a Māori word of the day here, and I have set up an LJ feed: he_kupu_o_te_ra. The main site also has heaps of grammar information. (Sorry about the spelling of the feed title - can't do macrons in feed titles, and I didn't have enough characters to double the "a"!)

As a new learner, I found Te Whanake very helpful; it has fifteen modules, each with a Flash video and lots of different types of interactive reo exercises.

If you follow the "Dictionary" link at the top of the page, you come to The Maori Dictionary, which I have found to be a useful complement to the Ngata Dictionary linked in the community sidebar. They provide a search plugin for Firefox, which makes looking up kupu hou much easier!
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Totally excited to find Maori on LJ

Tena Koutou katoa! Echoing everyone else who's already said it, it's been quiet around here, but I'm so glad to find somewhere on eljay that is not only Kiwi but Maori as well :)
I've recently left school after doing Maori for two years completely by correspondence, (I was a kura kaupapa kid though :) and it's only pointed out to me, surprise surprise, how terribly rusty my conversational/oral Maori is. So, trying to revive it a little and hey, why not on the big wide world web? That is, if no-one minds me inviting myself to join the party :)

Ko au: (please excuse the lack of macrons and the funny order, it's a while since I've done this!)

Ko Te Aroha te maunga
Ko Waihou te awa
Ko Tikapa te moana
Ko Matai Whetu te Marae
Ko te Endeavour te waka
Ko Ngati Pakeha te iwi
Tena Koutou, tena koutou katoa

In short, hi all!
See ya

Kia ora!

Tena koutou e hoa ma!

Wow it looks like it's been a bit quiet in this community for a while! Was just searching for Maori-related journals here on LJ and came across this community! Would be neat to see a bit of a revival.

Ko Tongariro te maunga.
Ko Taupo-nui-a-tia te moana.
Ko Te Arawa te waka.
Ko Kakahi te marae.
Ko Ngati Manunui te hapu.
Ko Ngati Tuwharetoa te iwi.
Ko Te Heuheu te tangata.
Ko Korii taku ingoa.
No Te Puke ahau.
Kei Kirikiroa taku kainga inaianei.

I only just started learning Te Reo Maori at uni this year (Te Whare Wananga o Waikato) and I'm worried about how I'm going to be able to retain the reo, so am trying to do all I can for this to not happen.
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A very short mihi

Kia ora koutou, kei te pēhea koutou?
Ko Trixie taku ingoa. Nō Ōtepoti ahau.

And that's about as much of te reo as I have at the moment :) I have dabbled in the language as much as anyone raised in Aotearoa has, but I just started seriously learning te reo a couple of weeks ago, at Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo.

I know this community has been a bit quiet recently, but I reckon it can't hurt to say hello, especially this week :)

formal/informal language

Kia ora koutou

just a word about formal and informal language - if we are having a conversation then there is some formality that we don't have to follow - i'll use Goren's sentence about Auckland as an example ...

"Kei te noho au a tāone Tāmaki Makaurau ināianei."

tāone is not needed - in NZ everyone knows exactly what is meant by Tāmaki Makaurau

ināianei is also not needed - it is implied by what has already been said in the sentence


another example is the simple greeting - Kei te pehea koe? - i could simply say kei te pehea? or even pehea? because the rest of the sentence is implied

(it's kind of like saying
'sup? to someone - they know you're asking "what's up?")

(once again please excuse my missing macrons!)
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Nga Mihi Nui

Ko Hikurangi te Maunga
Ko Waiapu te Awa
Ko Ngati Porou te Iwi

Ko Melanie taku ingoa.
No Turanganui-a-Kiwa ahau.

Kia ora I'm Mel and I thought it was about time I posted a mihi!

Kia ora koutou.

one thing i can do

since i'm just learning - and most of what i learn is oral because that's how i use te reo - what i can do is help people who may want to have written work checked for accuracy ... i work with people who are fluent maori speakers (although they classify themselves as learners still) and can check things with them or ask them questions on your behalf ...
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Kia ora.

Kia ora koutou e hoa mā!
Ko Goren tōku ingoa. Nō Rosia ahau. I haere au ki Aotearoa ina tata nei. Kei te nohu au i tāone Tāmaki Makau Rau ināianei.
I hīmata ahau ki ako i te reo Māori. He āwhina mōku?