Te Reo Maori - The Maori language

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    Maori words and phrases

    The Maori people lived in different tribes all over New Zealand, and there are many different dialects of language. However there is a common "dialect" which is called "Te Reo Maori" and is starting to make a comeback in New Zealand.
    Here are some common words and phrases in English and Te Reo Maori.


    Hello (informal or answering the telephone)
    Hello (to one person)
    Hello (to two people)
    Hello (to a group)
    Welcome
    Good-bye (to the person staying)
    Good-bye (to the person going)

    Please
    Thank you
    Yes
    No

    Numbers One to ten!!
    1
    2
    3
    4
    5
    6
    7
    8
    9
    10

    Kia ora
    Tena koe
    Tena korua
    Tena koutou
    Haere mai
    E noho ra
    Haere ra

    koa
    kia ora
    ae
    kaore


    tahi
    rua
    toru
    wha ['wh' always pronounced as an 'f' sound]
    rima
    ono
    whitu
    waru
    iwa
    tekau


                  Common Maori words

    Ariki
    Hangi
    Hapu
    Hongi
    Hui
    Iwi
    Mana
    Marae
    Mere
    Moko
    Pa
    Pakeha
    Powhiri
    Runanga
    Tangata whenua
    Tangi
    Tangihanga
    Tohunga
    Utu
    Waiata
    Whanau
    Whare
    Whare wananga
    Whenua

    chief of noble birth, priest
    earth oven
    subdivision of a tribe, or sub tribe
    a greeting, by the pressing of noses
    gathering together of people for discussion, or to socialise
    a tribe which traces descent from a common ancestor or ancestors
    prestige, authority, power or psychic force
    sacred meeting place, situated within a village
    a short weapon usually made of whalebone, wood or greenstone
    tattoo, which can be either on the face, arms, thighs or buttocks
    a village; settlement or fortified area of a tribe or sub-tribe
    European person (traders, settlers, missionaries...)
    a welcoming ceremony
    tribal or public assembly, conference, council
    Literally, a person of the land or people belonging to a tribal region; hosts as distinct from visitors
    to weep, grieve, mourn or cry
    a ceremony of mourning
    a healer or a priest ; an expert in traditional lore
    revenge, recompense, reward; retribution in battle to the death
    song ; to chant or to sing
    lit - to be born or to give birth. Family or an extended family
    A house, or a dwelling
    A university, or a learning place
    literally - afterbirth; land, ground, earth, a country



                  Geographical words

    ana
    awa
    iti
    manga
    maunga
    moana
    motu
    nui
    one
    kohatu
    puke
    rangi
    roa
    roto
    rua
    tai
    tapu
    te
    toka
    wai
    whanga
    whenua

    cave
    river, channel
    small
    stream
    mountain
    sea, lake
    island
    big, or many
    beach, sand, soil
    rock
    hill
    sky, heavens
    long
    lake
    two
    tide, sea
    sacred
    the
    rock
    water
    bay, harbor
    land