Speaking Maori in NZ
Replies: 61 - Last Post: Oct 27, 2012 12:48 AM Last Post By: Raki_Man
Oct 19, 2012 3:07 PM
Speaking Maori in NZI am going to spend 3 months in Aotearoa and I am thinking of learning some Maori before going there. I'll probably just reach a very basic level far away from being fluent, but I still have some questions about Maori language use there:
A) How common is to find Maori speakers?
B) How likely is a Maori person to speak Maori?
C) If a foreigner (someone from outside Aotearoa) addresses a Maori speaker in Maori, what is their usual reaction? Would they maybe answer in English?
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Oct 19, 2012 9:01 PM
6Not forgetting too that a lot of Maoris do now live in Australia.
Oct 20, 2012 2:05 PM
Oct 20, 2012 8:59 PM
8^^ probably wikipedia has this to say
Aotearoa (Māori: aɔˈtɛaɾɔa, commonly mispronounced i/aʊtɪəˈroʊ.ə/ by English speakers) is the most widely known and accepted Māori name for New Zealand. It is used by both Māori and non-Māori, and is becoming increasingly widespread in the bilingual names of national organisations
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Oct 21, 2012 12:32 AM
12Actually, I know a number of people who call NZ Aotearoa, but its not that common. Maori words tend to pepper spoken English. But it would sound a bit odd coming from a tourist.
#4. Some of those 'Asian faces' you mention are part Maori, but the largest Asian populations are in Auckland. Some of the other cities too, but not really in the rest of the country.
Oct 21, 2012 12:46 AM
My time in NZ is short, so its only AKL that I spend a lot of time in.
I could fly into other airports in NZ from Aust I suppose if I put ny mind to it.
Oct 21, 2012 12:48 AM
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