"Maori Language" New Zealand Local Custom Tip by Kate-Me

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some basic Maori words:

Hello: Kiaora
Goodbye: Haere ra
Welcome: Haere Mai
Paheka - White person.

Most vowel sounds in maori are long (except ?e? and ?o?).
?A? is pronounced as in the english ?far?, not flat, as in ?hat? (Kiwi english often uses the long ?a? in this way, in words such as ?slant? and ?branch?)
Further lengthened vowels in Maori carry a macron _ on top of the vowel to be lengthened.

The prefix ?Whaka? is commonly added to the front of a word to give the meaning ?to do? or ?cause to do? re: a particular action.
Ng is a common letter combination - it has a softer sound than in English, like the middle ?ng? in ?singing?
In Maori, as in French and many other languages, the noun comes before the adjective
Some Maori names/place names can be explained by dividing the word up into small segments, but not all.

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  • Updated May 24, 2003
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