He taonga te reo
The language is a treasure
My second lecture learning te reo Māori as a student was as much fun as the first. We started again with a waiata (Ahakamana) and karakia, then met our Kaiāwhina for the weekly tutorials. Our class today centred on a recap of Tuesday’s lecture and following through on kupu hou and phrases we had learned. Practice (and lots and lots of repetition) are key to learning, along with a healthy amount of patience: kia manawanui
Today we explored au, koe and ia through game play. We added these to the phrase Kei te pēhea ________ ?
The response would be Kei te __________ (au/koe/ia). The blank space was determined by the card displayed (see the faces?). So using the picture above I might ask:
Kei te pēhea ia?
How is she/he?
Based on the card in the square, the response would be:
Kei te mataku ia
She/he is afraid
Once I got the hang of it, it was a lot of fun to play and a super cool way to learn te reo Māori.
Yesterday a colleague (thanks @novamacaria ) showed me an app he used to create flashcards to help him learn kupu hou during his studies. The app is called gFlash and its available for iOS and Android. Using the app with Google docs spreadsheets, you can create your own lists that generate flashcards displayed side by side, or as flip cards (you tap the screen to flip the card). I found the app to be really useful and created two types of flashcards to help me learn:
Multichoice: Using 4 columns on a Google Docs spreadsheet, I set up a multichoice quiz to help me learn kupu hou. The first column had the word in Māori, the second column had the correct English definition, and the final two columns had other English words, either related to the correct definition, or a random word I chose to put in. The app shuffles the responses; the word in the second column then appears in either A, B, or C. You tap your response (A, B or C), and the item is highlighted in green when it’s correct, and red when incorrect. The kupu that you get incorrect are repeated at the end of the session so you can try again.
Multisided: Using three columns on a Google Docs spreadsheet, I created a multisided flashcard for each kupu hou. Being multisided, it allows you to create ‘headers’ for the right hand side of the flashcard: Sounds like, and English. I used the second column to help me with pronunciation; spelling out the word as I thought it would sound, in a way that I could understand. The last column was to display the definition of the word in English. The ‘Sounds like’ and ‘English’ responses do not display by default. The idea is you try to guess the word, then tap the screen to see if you’ve guessed it correctly. There is a tick and a cross at the bottom of the screen that you tap to move on. Kupu you get incorrect are repeated at the end of the session for you to retry.
My homework tonight is to add the kupu hou from today, along with 20 phrases, into the spreadsheet so I can practice with the flashcards over the coming days.