Māori vowels are much the same as many other languages (except English!).Here are the short vowels:
a as in cup
e as in egg
i as in eat
o as in for
u as in to
A macron is a line written above a vowel and indicates a long vowel sound.
The Māori consonants are:
Hei konei rā! - Goodbye!
homai - pass /give (to me)
Homai te pukapuka - Give me the book
Ka mau te wehi! - Fantastic! Awesome!
(often used to praise something or someones work)
kai - food
kaiako - teachers
Kei hea te pene? - Where is the pen?
Kei hea te pukapuka? - Where is the book?
Kia pai tō wā whakatā! - Have a good holiday!
Ko wai tō ingoa? - What's your name?
Ko __________ tōku ingoa? - My name is __________.
konei - here, this place
Haere mai ki konei! - Come here!
Kia pai tō rā! - Have a good day!
kura - school
kupu - word/s
mahi - work
moko - grandchild
Nau mai haere mai - Welcome
pōwhiri - to welcome, a welcoming ceremony
tamariki - children
tuatahi - first
waka - boat
wananga - seminar, conference, forum, educational seminar
whānau - family / extended family