The Secret to Pronouncing Māori Place Names

"…it is my endeavour to add a little more light in order that this vexed question of (Maori) pronunciation may be overcome." wrote Henry Apatari in 1912. "Needless to say the secret of it all depends entirely on... read more

Pronunciation of Maori Names – a lesson from 1898

Pronunciation of Maori Names – a lesson from 1898

In 1898 a paper was read to the Hawera branch of the Teachers' Institute urging that Maori pronunciation should be systematically taught in public schools. Over 100 years later, can we take up the lessons from the past? read more

How to Reinforce Number Usage and Comprehension

How to Reinforce Number Usage and Comprehension

Occasionally we hear some teachers say that they have ‘done numbers’ with their students. Whether a student is learning Maori, learning to speak English, Spanish, French – or any language  – if they are not constantly using a language, then they will soon forget key principles. Even the basics can be easily forgotten if not […] read more

How to Pronounce Maori Place Names

How to Pronounce Maori Place Names

Māori Language Week 2013 may not be until the first week of July, but for the team at Buratino Productions it started about two months ago with the plan to develop a new game inspired by this year’s Māori Language Week theme: Ngā Ingoa Māori – Māori names. We officially launched our newest product: He […] read more

On May 20th, 2013, posted in: Maori Language Week by

NZ Sign Language Week

There a three official languages in New Zealand: English, Maori and NZ Sign Language. The later two are unique to New Zealand. This week is New Zealand Sign Language Week (13-19 May). And if, like me, you have left it too late to sign up for their popular taster classes, the Deaf Aotearoa has an […] read more

On May 13th, 2013, posted in: Language Learning by

Russian Language Classes in Christchurch 2014

Russian Language Beginners | Intermediate | Advanced | Native Speakers University of Canterbury Full Academic Year, start 24 February 2014 Course Co-ordinator: Evgeny Pavlov Location: University of Canterbury, Department of Global, Cultural and Language studies. >> Find out more   Russian Language Level 2: Continuing Beginners Risingholme Community Centre Programmes Term 3 Tuesday 31 July […] read more

New Resources for Māori Language Week 2013

New Resources for Māori Language Week 2013

How are your plans going for Maori Language Week 2013? This year’s theme is one every New Zealander can relate too: Ngā Ingoa Māori or Maori Names. New Resource, Game and Quiz: Aotearoa Road Trip We are into our third print run on our new board game specially designed for Maori Language Week 2013. No […] read more

Māori Language Week 2013: Ngā Ingoa Māori

Monday 1st July – Sunday 7th July School Week 9, Term 2 This year the theme is one all New Zealanders can relate to: Ngā Ingoa Māori – Māori names. I am really looking forward to making a concentrated effort to hone my pronunciation of Māori place names – I’ve got over 40 years of mispronunciation […] read more

On March 5th, 2013, posted in: Maori Language Week by