Māori Language

We've put toegther a basic guide to speaking Māori.  

So what does the alphabet consist of?

A E H I K M N NG O P R T WH W U

The Māori alphabet is formed of five vowels and ten consonants. The lines above the letters are called macrons and indicate how a vowel should be pronounced - either short or long.

Short sound as in 'u' in up: A E I O U a e i o u

Long sound as in 'ar' in far: Ā Ē Ī Ō Ū ā ē ī ō ū
 
Most consonants sound similar to the English sound but there are several that need special attention and practice:
 
- r is very short and slightly rolled
- wh is pronounced as f
- ng is pronounced as the ng in singer

 

Kia Ora Thank You / Hello
Āe Yes
Kāo No
Tenā Koe
Formal greeting to one person
Tenā korua Formal greeting to two people
Tēna Koutou Formal greeting to many people
Mōrena Good morning!
Pō Marie Good night!
Haere Mai Welcome, enter
Nau Mai Welcome
E noho rā Goodbye from a person leaving
E Haere rā Goodbye from a person staying
Hei konei rā Less formal goodbye
Ka kite anō See you again
Day / Sun
Night
Whakarongo Listen
Titiro Look
Kāti Stop
Turituri Be quiet