Tū whitia te hopo | Feel the fear and pronounce it anyway! Tip 1

Having trouble pronouncing kupu Māori?

Many people are so afraid of giving it a go, they would much rather just give it a miss. Believe me I understand. There are words in other languages I avoid using for that very reason!

For example, the scientific name for the manu  below is Himantopus leucocephalus…?! Or try saying “superfluous” !

Pied Stilt, Himantopus himantopus leucocephalus, collected 18 Jan 1920, Waitotara, New Zealand. Purchased 1939. Te Papa

Pied Stilt, Himantopus himantopus leucocephalus, collected 18 Jan 1920, Waitotara, New Zealand. Purchased 1939. Te Papa

To reiterate a saying I introduced in the last blog: Tū whitia te hopo – feel the fear and do it anyway!

It will be well worth the initial discomfort.

Here at Te Papa we have our kaiako Joan Costello to support us.

Joan has helpful and reassuring tips to share with you. We will ‘roll them out’ one at a time so you have plenty of time to practice.

TIP 1

“Are There Three Or Two”.

A         E         I      O     U

Now say  “moa”, “toa”, “hoa” – notice the difference?

Use this sentence to help you with the vowel sounds.

Test your new tip with this kupu plucked from the Ngā Toi Season 3 (its also a sneak peak at what’s to come).

 

abstract art = toi tūrehurehu 

Outer space, 1957-1958. Goncharova, Natalia. Gift of Mary Chamot, London, 1983. © Natalja Goncharova/ADAGP. Licensed by Viscopy, 2013. Te Papa

Outer space, 1957-1958. Goncharova, Natalia. Gift of Mary Chamot, London, 1983. © Natalja Goncharova/ADAGP. Licensed by Viscopy, 2013. Te Papa

One more sneak preview 😉

abstract art = toi tūrehurehu

Kohatu, 1965, New Zealand. Muru, Selwyn. Purchased 1965. © Te Papa.

Kohatu, 1965, New Zealand. Muru, Selwyn. Purchased 1965. © Te Papa.

 

Arohatia te reo e hoa mā – Friends, give love to our language and give it a go!

Mā te wā…

4 Responses

  1. Jude Pointon

    Very useful and unscary: thank you. With our two permanent part Maori foster children starting kohanga reo next year and our other three family members being pakeha any help with learning Te Reo is hugely appreciated.

    Reply
    • Khali

      Awesome – kohanga is a beautiful place to learn the Māori Language. We have a saying in ‘ahakoa he it, he mapihi pounamu’. Even if you only have very few kupu cherish them, use them because they are precious gems.
      Tū whitia te hopo!

  2. adele

    love Maori words. one is best to sing them… I am getting there with pronouncing them, wastnt born in NZ is my excuse, am ex Londoner! its great that the Maori are now speaking their language, when I first came to NZ it wasnt spoken but now the Maori have their own TV Channel and time on TV… great,

    Reply
    • Khali

      Thank you for your comment – give these tips ago and let us know if they help you =) we will be releasing the next one in 3 weeks
      Tū whitia te hopo!

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