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How to say days of the week in Te Reo – the Māori language

Do you know how to say days of the week and months of the year in Te Reo?

The Māori language, also known as te reo Māori (pronounced [ˈmaːoɾi, te ˈɾeo ˈmaːoɾi]) or simply Te Reo (“the language”) – according to Wiki. Te Reo Maori is one of New Zealand’s two official languages (the other being sign language). Whether you reside in Aotearoa or are simply visiting, you should learn how to pronounce the language and some basic Maori words. There are two variants of the days of the week that are used in Māori. This is the version of Ngā Rā o te Wiki:

Monday — Rāhina

Tuesday — Rātū

Wednesday — Rāapa

Thursday — Rāpare

Friday — Rāmere

Saturday — Rāhoroi

Sunday — Rātapu

Ngā Rā o te Wiki is commonly used in modern Māori learning environments. However, the Kupu Arotau, or borrowed words, were commonly used in traditional texts and by native speakers like this:

Monday — Mane

Tuesday — Turei

Wednesday — Wenerei

Thursday — Taite

Friday — Paraire

Saturday — Hatarei

Sunday — Rātapu

Like days of the week, they also say months of the year in Te Reo in two different ways. The first version is Ngā Marama o te Tau and the second one is loan words. Like this:

January — Kohitātea — Hanuere

February — Hui-tanguru — Pēpuere

March — Poutū-te-rangi — Maehe

April — Paenga-whāwhā — Āperira

May — Haratua — Mei

June — Pipiri — Hune

July — Hōngongoi — Hūrae

August — Here-turi-kōkā — Ākuhata

September — Mahuru — Hepetema

October — Whiringa-ā-nuku — Ōketopa

November — Whiringa-ā-rangi — Noema

December — Hakihea — Tīhema

What do you want to learn about Te Reo? See you soon in the next article with How to say Hello and Goodbye in Maori.

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