Te Reo Māori Phrases for Students in a Total Immersion Class

Are you a beginner learning te reo Māori in a full immersion setting, perhaps with the Te Ataarangi approach with no English being spoken in the class?  I hope that these flashcards will help you to be able to communicate when you need help or for when you’re feeling awkward and want to fill those silences with some te reo Māori.

 

Please note that my flashcard plugin doesn’t recognize macrons (the tūhoto) so I’ve adopted the old way of doubling the vowel where a macron would normally be present.  This just means that you hold that syllable for longer but it doesn’t change the sound of the vowel at all, just the length.

Maori, Soldier, Spear, Warrior

  • I have a question.
    He paatai taku.
  • Whats the Maaori word for ....
    He aha te kupu Maaori moo ...
  • How do I say ...
    Me peehea taku kii ...
  • I have no idea.
    E aua (hoki).
  • Goodness knows.
    E aua (hoki).
  • Thats hard.
    Te uaua hoki.
  • I'm tired.
    Kua pau taku hau.
  • I don't understand.
    Kaaore au i te maarama.
  • I didn't hear that.
    Kaaore au i rongo i teenaa.
  • Can you say that again?
    Koorero mai anoo.
  • Can you speak more slowly?
    Aata koorero.
  • Can you spell that for me?
    Tauria mai teenaa kupu.
  • Please speak louder.
    Kia kaha ake too reo.
  • I don't know.
    Kaaore au e moohio. / Aua.
  • Thats great!
    Tino pai rawa atu!
  • That's lovely!
    Ka rawe!
  • Youre all awesome.
    Tumeke koutou.
  • Great work!
    Ka pai to mahi!
  • I'm so sorry.
    Aroha mai.
  • I'll help.
    Maaku e aawhina.
  • Good! Right!
    Ka tika!
  • Wow! Oh boy!
    E hika maa!
  • Oh no!
    Auee!
  • You're right.
    Tino tika koe. / Kei te tika koe.
  • Thanks for your help.
    Teenaa koe i to aawhina.
  • Who has got ....
    Kei a wai ...
  • No!
    Karekau! / Ehee!
  • That's wrong.
    Kei te hee teenaa.
  • Awesome!
    Ka mau te wehi!
  • Speak to me in Maaori.
    Koorero Maaori mai.
  • Right now.
    Inaaianei tonu.
  • Its not good.
    Kaaore i te pai.
  • I'll shut the door.
    Maaku e kati te kuuaha.
  • I'll turn off the lights.
    Maaku e whakaweto ngaa raiti.
  • It's not me.
    Ehara ko au.
  • It's not mine.
    Ehara naaku.
  • I don't agree.
    Kaaore au e whakaae.
  • Enough said.
    Me mutu pea i konei.
  • website
    pae tukutuku
  • resources
    rauemi
  • I'm off.
    Kua hoki au.
  • Bye (if youre leaving or on the phone)
    Hei konaa raa.
  • Bye (to someone leaving)
    Hei konei raa. / Haere atu raa.
  • Can I go to the bathroom?
    Tukua mai kia haere ki te wharepaku?
  • "The fewer the words, the bigger the impact of the speech."
    "He iti te kupu, he nui te korero"
  • Where's Sam?
    Kei hea a Sam?
  • Maybe she's absent.
    Kei te ngaro pea ia.
  • S/he is sick.
    Kei te mate ia.