Te Reo Maori

August 29, 2006 10:52pm CST
Hi, I am wanting to know the best way to learn Te Reo Maori. I have attended classes when I was at High School but have found that I had no interest in it. Now many years later I have been reunited with my family (Tangi) who is Maori and Im a little embarassed because I don't have a clue what they are saying. Is there an easier way? I won't be using it all the time but would like to understand what is said to or about me. Thanks
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@Magus274 (664)
• New Zealand
15 Sep 06
Tena Koe, firstly congradulations for wanting to learn te reo, and secondly you are not alone. There are many ways now that one can learn te reo. It depends on what you want to do with it. I believe that it is best to use it as much as you can as it is something that is alive. A language needs to be spoken. Try your local marae for any classes that may be available, total immersion is the best or maybe try your local university. They may have classes for all levels. Be prepared to be embarrassed, be open and you will do fine. Find out your tribal area so you know which dialect is yours, it maybe difficult learning another dialect instead of the one your family speaks. Kia tau te rangimarie = peace be with you