Try a lit­tle te reo to­day

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Maori Lan­guage Week be­gan this week, so now is the per­fect time to be­gin learn­ing a few phrases. Aro­ha­tia te Reo is the theme for Maori Lan­guage Week, which means: To cher­ish the lan­guage.

New Zealan­ders are en­cour­aged to find a way to ex­press how you can use, hon­our, speak and show your love for the lan­guage of Aotearoa.

There are many things that you can do to cel­e­brate te reo Maori. Try these sug­ges­tions all year round but Maori Lan­guage Week is a great time to start.

Im­prove your pro­nun­ci­a­tion of Maori words and place names.

Say kia ora when greet­ing peo­ple – your fam­ily, friends etc.

Put up a wel­come sign at your work­place, school etc – Nau mai, haere mai.

Find out the Maori names for items and use them.

Get some Maori lan­guage posters and dis­play them in your home dur­ing Maori Lan­guage Week.

Watch Maori Tele­vi­sion or Te Karere (the Maori news on TVNZ) with your fam­ily each evening.

Cre­ate sup­port­ive Maori lan­guage spa­ces. Your work­place or school could de­velop ideas to sup­port te reo Maori. Sup­port staff/students/ col­leagues with re­sources on pro­nun­ci­a­tion, con­ver­sa­tion etc.

Sched­ule some Maori lan­guage time. Per­haps you could al­lo­cate time for a Maori lan­guage class. Maori lan­guage is used all the time – in place names, per­sonal names etc, so ba­sic Maori lan­guage skills are al­ways use­ful.

Bilin­gual signs. Put up bilin­gual signs – a vis­i­ble way of show­ing that te reo is val­ued at your work­place or school.

KNOWL­EDGE: Start fill­ing your kete with use­ful Maori phrases.

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