MAORI WORD OF THE WEEK
The Taupo & Turangi Weekender supports Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori, the Maori Language Commission’s campaign to increase New Zealanders’ te reo Maori vocabulary by running a different Maori word to learn each week.
This week’s word: korero(tia) — talk/speak
Korero always takes ‘ki’ rather than ‘i’.
I korero te koroua ki tana tahu.
The old man spoke to his love.
- this is an example of an active sentence
Kua korerotia te tamaiti e tona kaiako.
The child has been spoken to by his/her teacher.
This is an example of a passive sentence.Ka korero ia ki te kuramahita.
She will speak to the headmaster.
This is an example of an active sentence
Kei te korerotia ia e te kuramahita.
She is being spoken to by the headmaster
This is an example of a passive sentence