Te Reo Maori
Just like in many languages and countries, in the Cook Island s we have many dialects. A simple example is the phrase Thank you - in Rarotongan it is meitaki maata (A big thank you!) and in our different dialects it is.........................................
Meitaki Atupaka (Aitutaki) , Atawai Wolo (Pukapuka), Meitaki nui (Mauke) & Meitaki Ngao (Mangaia)
Language is very important in any culture. It is a important part of our being. While it is great to learn other languages, the most important one we can learn is our own mother tongue. Growing up I diidnt speak Rarotongan, but with the help of my mother, school and family I learnt! To get you started here are a few Maori phrases - dont be shy to practice them with mum, she will be thrilled that you are making the effort!
"Ka na roto i te apii e kite ei te tangata"
Na Taira Rere - tata puka
"It is through teaching that people will learn"
Taira Rere - Author
The word Alphabet means the set of letters used in writing a language. The letters used in writing the English language is the English Alphabet, the letters to write the German language is the German alphabet and it is the same for Maori - the letters used to write the Maori language is the Maori alphabet. So here is your A, E,Ng, (your ABC's!)
A E Ng I K M N O P R T U V
Kia Orana - Greetings/May you live on
Aere Ra! - Good Bye!
'Ae - Yes
Kare - No
Tane - Man
Vaine - Woman
Tamariki - Children
Mataora - Happy
Kai - Food
Kaikai - Eating
'Ura - Dance
Teia Ra - today
Apopo - Tomorrow
I nana'i - Yesterday
Meitaki Maata - Thank you!!
Ko _________ (your name) toku ingoa - My name is __________ (your name)
Peea ua koe? - How are you?
Meitaki ua au! - I am well!
Te aere nei koe ki'ea? - Where are you going?
Te aere nei au ki Avarua - I am going to Avarua (town)
E no'o ana koe ki'ea? - Where do you stay?
Te no'o nei au ki te Villa Rarotonga! - I am staying at the Villa Rarotonga!
Lastly my Godfather Bryns favourite island saying "Kare Manamanata!!" which means "No Problem!!" or in the famous words of Timone and Pumba from Lion King "Hakuna Matata"
The next best thing to home....