Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori - Māori Language Week - is being celebrated this week. If you want to learn a few phrases to get you started, look no further.
If you’re wanting to pop the question or simply break up with someone, try throwing these phrases your significant other’s way when they least expect it.
Ipo - bae
He aha to nama waea kōrero - What’s your phone number?
Kei te patua au e te aroha - I’m falling in love.
Kei te aroha au i a koe - I love you.
Marena mai koe ki a au? - Will you marry me?
Kei te taera au - I’m feeling horny.
Kei te taera koa? - Are you feeling horny?
He ārai waitātea ōu? - Got any condoms.
Kei te hapu au e te tau - Honey, i’m pregnant.
Kua tūtaki au i tētahi atu - I’ve met someone else.
Ko taku hiahia ko te wehenga ma/rena - I want a divorce.
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“May I just congratulate you all on the Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori phrases. These phrases certainly made me chuckle:) and I applaud their addition as it was one of the 'freshest' perspectives on encouraging people to give Te Reo Māori a go with everyday scenarios! In my line of work, I lead Matariki, Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori and Treaty events while advising and designing educational info around these topics. I have been responsible for enabling our staff to incorporate Māori words into their everyday lives and have invested in ensuring correct pronunciation across our network of over 1300 staff with a Kia ora-cations campaign. As an advoctae, speaker and LOVER of Te Reo Māori and with all due respect, could I just suggest the following amendments?
1) Ipō - should be babe or lover. It can also be sweetheart or darling.
2) Kei te taera koa - should read Kei te taera koe?
Finally just a word on taera , I suggest the word pohane which can be used in a sentence like Ka mate au i te pohane ki a koe - I hard out lust/desire you.
Ngā mihi i ou koutou tautoko o te Reo Māori - jsut want to applaud you efforts to support the Māori Language. Kia kaha tonu rā koe - keep up the great work!
” — Anahera