Monday’s quiz

In case you’re wondering why these questions, it’s Maori language week.

1. What do maui and katau  mean in English?

2. What do maunga, whenua and moana,  mean in English?

3. What do nota, hauta, rawhiti, and rato mean in English?

4. What are the Maori words for the numbers 1-10?

5.  What  do kata and aue mean in English?

(Apologies to pursits for the absence of macrons, I don’t know how to do them).

6 Responses to Monday’s quiz

  1. david winter says:

    Cool questions, think I did alright but sadly if you’d scratched much deeper you’d have uncovered some real ignorance on my part.

    1) Left and Right

    2) Mountain, land and sea

    3) I guess these are compass points, because there are four of them and ikaro-rawhiti is the East Coast electorate.

    4) Tahi, rua, toru, wha, rima, onu, whitu, waru, iwa, tekau

    5) I only know aue as an exclamation, no idea on kata

    (Apologies to pursits for the absence of macrons, I don’t know how to do them).

    You can download a keyboard layout that ties “`a” with ā. But since I only use them occasionally I find it easier to copy and paste from someplace else.


  2. Gravedodger says:

    1 left right
    2 mountain, land, sea/lake(large)
    3 north south east west
    4 tahi, rua, toru, wha, rima, ono, whitu, waru, iwa, tekau.
    5 laugh, cry


  3. G says:

    1 left and right

    2. mountain, land and sea

    3. north, south, east and west. only rawhiti is commonly used though – i haven’t seen nota and hauta before but they look like transliterations.

    4. tahi rua toru wha rima ono whitu waru iwa tekau

    5. laugh and aue is an exclamation like “oh!”. aue is sometimes used for cry too (or “exclaiming sadly”)


  4. Ha Homepaddock – far too easy for a teacher of te reo Maori like me!
    Some of your words are site specific – we say maui and matau (ki te taha maui, ki te taha matau (to the left side, to the right side)
    Mauka = maunga
    You might like roimata (tears) and huruhuru (hair) my two favourite words.
    Cry = tangi (Te tangi o te korimako)
    Pai rawa tou mahi kei konei.


  5. pdm says:

    I haven’t come across any Teo Reo in London but here we go anyway from my distant memories.:

    1. Maui – camper vans that drive hard on the centre white line at 80k on the open road, do not pull over as traffic builds up behind and speed up at passing lanes.
    2. Maunga – the `f’ word in Fijian.
    Moana – Christian name of a Loabour MP.
    3. Pass
    4. Tahe, Rua, Toru, Wha, Rima,Uno,Waru, Iwa, Takau.
    5. Pass

    Apologies if anyone takes offence at me `taking the mickey’on some of these.


  6. Bearhunter says:

    1. Maui means “pull over and let me past, you arrogant b*****. Have no idea what katau means.

    2. Mountain, land and sea.

    3. NSEW, alhtough that’s based on answers above.

    4. Tahi rua toru wha, and that’s it from the Irish jury…

    5. *whistles a jaunty tune while hoping the teacher asks someone else…*


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