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!
He pai rawa atu taua pōwhiri ki a au - I really enjoyed that pōwhiri
He tika Koe! - You are correct!
He tino āwhina koe - You have been very helpful
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)
Ka pai hoki koe! - Good on you!
kai - food
kaiako - teachers
kaitiaki - caregiver
Kei hea te pene? - Where is the pen?
Kei hea te pukapuka? - Where is the book?
Kei te tino poho kererū au kia koe - I'm very proud of you
Ko wai tō ingoa? - What's your name?
konei - here, this place
Haere mai ki konei! - Come here!
Kia pai tō rā! - Have a good day!
Kaiāwhina pai - Great helper
Koia kei a .... - ....great / really nailed it!
Koia kei a koe! - You're great!
kura - school
kupu - word/s
Whakapaingia (Bless) - Ēnei kai (these foods) - Hei oranga (sustaining)
Mō te tīnana (for the body).
Mā te wā! - See you later!
mahi - work
Mahi pai - Good work
moko - grandchild
Nau mai haere mai - Welcome
pōwhiri - to welcome, a welcoming ceremony
tamariki - children
Tāmata koutou pakeke! - You tried hard!
tēina - younger brother, younger sister
tuākana - elder brother, elder sister
tuatahi - first
waiata - song
waka - boat
wananga - seminar, conference, forum, educational seminar
Whaea - Mother, Aunty
whānau - family / extended family