With Notes & Vocabulary

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Author: Unknown
Language: Maori
Wordcount: 5,255 / 24 pg
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 2,508
Added to site: 2007.07.07
mnybks.net#: 17548
Genres: Language, Poetry

In the great mass of literature relating to New Zealand there is nothing similar to the plan of this text book. There are a number of books, very useful as far as they go, written for the purpose of enabling anyone so desirous, of learning a few sentences of the Maori language. A text book with a vocabulary and explanatory notes ought to meet the wishes of those desiring to go a little further. And while it is practically impossible to acquire a good colloquial knowledge of the Maori language from books, it is possible, for those who have the time, to obtain a knowledge of Maori stories, such as Hinemoa, beyond what the best translation can give.

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way from speaker.

Au, I; Current.

Aua, those; Auahoki, I do not know.

E. O.; sign of present tense; when followed by Ana. Sign of future tense; exclamation.

Ehara, not.

Ehi, well!

Etahi, each.

Haere, come; go.

Haerenga, coming; going.

Haha, feel; to search with the hand.

Hanga, built.

Hapu, conceive.

Hari, rejoiced.

Hauwhenuapo, evening land breeze.

He, a.

Hei, at.

Heoti, enough.

Hi, dawn.

Hiahia, desire.

Hiainu, thirst.

Hihiri, strongly desired.

Hinemoa, see table.

Hinemaru, see table.

Hinewhata, name of the stump out in the Lake.

Hoa, friend.

Hoatu, give.

Hoe, paddle.

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