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Te Reo Māori Support - Taniwha

Vocab List

Vocab List

The following vocabulary was covered in the Taniwha Programme.


Te Reo Māori Pronunciation PlayList

Pronunciation playlist for Te Reo Māori Vocabulary covered in Taniwha Programme.

Pronunciation Guide

Te Reo Māori Pronunciation Guide

Short vowels:

a – as in ‘aloud’

e – as in ‘egg’

i – as in ‘ink’

o – like the ‘aw’ in ‘hawk’

u – as in ‘flute’

Long vowels:

ā – as in ‘car’

ē – like ‘ai’ in ‘fair’

ī – like ‘ee’ in ‘sleep’

ō – like ‘or’ in ‘pork’

ū – like ‘oo’ in ‘moon’ 


‘r’ is short and slightly rolled

‘ng’ – as in ‘singer’

wh – ‘f’

‘t’ before ‘a’, ‘e’ or ‘o’: with as little sibilant sound as possible, almost like a ‘d’

‘t’ before ‘u’ or ‘i’: slight sibilant sound but not as much as English ‘t’

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