One of my professional and personal goals for 2014 is to learn te reo Māori. To extend myself past the introductory ‘kia ora’ and ‘mōrena’. Not that there is anything wrong with that. I simply want more.
I’ve been told the best way to learn is to teach. As part of Ngā Manu Ka Rere I am given that opportunity within a number of mediums at work. To supplement (or enhance?) this, I’ve enrolled in a te reo Māori paper, starting in February 2014. My intention is to write about my learning experiences here as I go along.
Recently on Twitter, in what seemed a random conversation, my PLN disclosed something exciting: about half a dozen of them are intending to learn te reo Māori too. We talked about practising our reo in Twitter, Skype and Google hangouts. It would seem I’m not alone in wanting to learn and I may very well get further opportunities to teach, as will those in my PLN.
A couple of months ago I was asked what my favourite kupu Māori was. I had never thought about this before and actually couldn’t give an answer. When I find it, I’ll let you know.