A collection of useful phrases in Māori, a Polynesian language spoken in New Zealand.
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Guide to abbreviations: inf = informal, frm = formal, sg = singular (to one person), dl = dual (to two people), pl = plural (to three or more people).
|English||te Reo Māori (Māori)|
|Hello (General greeting)||Kia ora
Kia ora rā kōrua (dl)
Kia ora koutou (pl)
Tēnā koe (sg/frm)
Tēnā kōrua (dl/frm)
Tēnā koutou (pl/frm)
|How are you?||Kei te pēhea koe?|
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Kei te pai|
|Long time no see||He roa te wā kua kitea|
|What's your name?||Ko wai tōu ingoa?|
|My name is ...||Ko ... ahau|
|Where are you from?||Nō hea koe?|
|I'm from ...||Nō ... ahau|
|Good night||Pō mārie|
|E noho rā (said by person leaving)
E haere rā (said by person staying)
Hei kona rā (inf)
|Good luck!||Kia waimarie|
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Have a nice day||Kia ora
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|Kia pai te haere|
|I don't understand||Kaore au e mārama
|Please speak more slowly||Tēnā koa*, āta kōrero|
|Please say that again||Tēnā koa, kōrero mai anō|
|Please write it down||Tuhia
|Do you speak Māori?||He reo Māori tōu?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Āe, he iti|
|How do you say ... in Māori?||He aha te kupu Māori mō ...?|
|Excuse me||Arohaina mai|
|How much is this?||He aha te utu?|
Mō Taku Hē
|Thank you||usually expressed through rising intonation or
|Where's the toilet?||Kei hea te wharepaku?|
|This gentleman will pay for everything||Mā tēnei tāne ngā mea katoa e utu|
|This lady will pay for everything||Mā tēnei wahine ngā mea katoa e utu|
|Would you like to dance with me?||Ka Pīrangi koe ki te kanikani tahi tāua?|
|I love you||Kei te aroha au ki a koe|
|Get well soon||Kia piki te ora|
|Leave me alone!||Haere atu!|
|Be careful!||Kia Tūpato!|
|Call the police!||Waea atu ki te Pirihimana!|
|Christmas and New Year greetings||Meri Kirihimete me ngā mihi o te tau hou ki a koutou katoa|
|Easter greetings||Ngā mihi o te Aranga|
|Birthday greetings||Rā Whānau ki a Koe!|
|One language is never enough||Kore rawa e rawaka te reo kotahi|
|My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
|Kī tōnu taku waka topaki i te tuna|
*Note: Tēnā koa (please) is not absolutely necessary in these phrases. Your tone of voice can express the same thing.
Translations and corrections by Tamati Taylor, Fern Jenkins and Carla Rikihana
If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.
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