Languages

Maori

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Introduction

Maori is a language of New Zealand. It is spoken in Far north, North Island, east coast. Also in United States. .

Dialects

Bay of Plenty, Moriori, North Auckland, Rotorua-Taupo, South Island, Taranaki, Wanganui. Formerly fragmented into regional dialects, some of which diverged quite radically from what became the standard dialect. Lexical similarity: 71% with Hawaiian (See: Hawaiian), 57% with Samoan (See: Samoan).

The Maori Verb

Sample Verbs

to bitekakáhu, ngau
to blowhua, pupuhi
to breathehā, kauhou, whakataa
to burntahu, tahuna, uera
to buyhoko
to chewkatikati
to choosewhiri
to climbpiki
to comehaere mai, haramai, tae
to cookpupu, tao, tao(-na), taona
to counttatau, taui
to crytaki, tangi
to cut, hackkotia, taa, tataka
to die, be deadhemo, mate
to digkarikari, keri
to dreammoemoeaa, reki
to drinkinu
to eateëi, kai, kaikai
to fallhika, horo, makere
to fearmataku
to flowtere
to flyherere
to growtipu, tupu
to hearfakaroko, rongo
to hidehuna, hunahuna
to hitbatua, patu, tukituki
to holdkapokapo, pupuri
to huntwhaiwhai
to killbatua, nanati, patu
to know, be knowledgeableara, matau, mohio, moohio
to laughkata
to lie downtakoto, tokoto
to live, be alivenoho, ora
to open, uncoverhamama, huaki, huakina
to planttoo
to pound, beattuki
to sayki, koorero
to scratchrakuraku
to seekite
to sewtui, tuitui
to shootbuhia, whana
to sitnoho
to sleepmoe
to sniff, smellhoki, hongi
to spithuare, tuha
to splitwaawaahi
to squeezekotee, tatau
to stab, pierceoka, uerohia
to standtu, tuu
to stealtaahae, tahai
to suckngote
to swellpuku
to swimkauhoe, kaukau
to thinkmahara, whakaaro
to throwpaka, panga, patoopatoo
to tie up, fastenherea, herehere
to turnhuri, tahuli, tahuri
to walkhaere, haere-a-waewae
to vomitruaki
to workmahi
to yawnhaamama(mama), hamama, whakaturupeke

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