Te reo for Scuttle-Camp
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In the discussion about traditional custodians and scuttle-camp, I suggested having a short list of #te-reo Māori (Māori language) words that people could use at the event and in their NZ travels.
There was some enthusiasm for this idea (ping @dan hassan @Dominic) so I’ve gone ahead and drawn up a list. Very unfortunately I’m not actually going to be at Scuttle-Camp, so it’ll be up to someone else to pick this up and champion it at scuttle-camp if they’d like to see it happen. Probably the best I can do is print a bunch of hard copies and send them in @Teq’s luggage!
I’ve kept the list super simple –– it’s focused on words that are fairly easy to say and will be relevant for the event. My thinking is that, for people who aren’t familiar with the language, it’ll be more helpful to just have a few words to practice hearing and saying. That said, I’m quite happy to build a longer list if people think that’d be useful. And if there are words you’d like to see, feel free to add or request them!
Here we go!
Clicking on each word will take you to the online Māori dictionary where you can hear the word being spoken! Sometimes there is more than one word listed on the page, so you may need to scroll down to the right one.
Meaning: New Zealand
“Woah, Aotearoa is really nice aye!”
Meaning: Hello. Also ‘thank you/good wishes’ in casual situations.
Sound: ki-ora / sounds like one word / the tricky part is rolling your ‘r’
“Kia ora Manni! How are you!?”
“Here are your fish and chips.” “Oh, kia ora”
Meaning: well done, good.
“What do you think of this?” “Oh ka pai! That’s awesome”
“Ka-pai everyone. You’re doing a great job”
“Thanks for your mahi today everyone!”
“Hey, I think you’re doing really important mahi.”
Meaning: talk, say, speak –– includes formal addresses and casual conversations.
Sound: koor-rero / The tricky part here is rolling two r’s –– they come out sounding closer to an English ‘d’ sound. Try starting the ‘r’ sound with your tongue on the roof of your mouth!
“Thanks for that great kōrero. You’ve given us all a lot to think about”
“Hey have you got time for a quick kōrero? I wanna ask about your idea for xyz”
Sound: Just like the name ‘Kai’
“Okay everyone, the kai will be ready in five minutes!”
“Hey, do you wanna go grab some kai? I’m starving”
Annie looks very cosy
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