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Te Reo Maori

The Basics Explained

David Karena-Holmes

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Oratia Books
01 February 2020
The use of te reo Maori in daily New Zealand life is snowballing, as is demand for resources to make learning the language efficient and enjoyable. This book helps answer that demand. Here in simple terms is a thorough guide to the building blocks of grammar in te reo, showing how to create phrases, sentences and paragraphs. After an introductory chapter on pronunciation and written forms of the language, 17 chapters introduce the main base words, particles and determiners that guide their use. The book employs real-life examples to illustrate how Maori grammar works day to day. Te Reo Maori: The Basics Explained draws on David Karena-Holmes' decades of experience teaching and writing about Maori language. Building on his previous works, this updated and expanded approach will be an essential companion for speakers at any level.
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Imprint:   Oratia Books
Country of Publication:   New Zealand
Dimensions:   Height: 210mm,  Width: 148mm,  Spine: 12mm
Weight:   250g
ISBN:   9780947506698
ISBN 10:   0947506691
Pages:   168
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Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified
Contents Preface............................................................................................................. 7 Introduction................................................................................................... 8 Part 1 The written form of the sounds of te reo Maori 1 Pronunciation and the written form of te reo Maori..................... 16 Part 2 Discovering the new grammar 2 Sentences, phrases, words................................................................. 28 3 Verb phrases and noun phrases....................................................... 34 4 Classification of words....................................................................... 39 Part 3 The new grammar Section A: Base words 5 Action verbs......................................................................................... 52 6 Stative verbs........................................................................................ 61 7 Some further verb constructions...................................................... 67 8 Common nouns................................................................................... 71 9 Personal nouns and personal pronouns.......................................... 76 10 Location nouns.................................................................................... 83 Section B: The particles and determiners 11 The particles: an overview................................................................. 88 12 Particles that precede the base words in a phrase......................... 92 13 Determiners....................................................................................... 115 14 Notes on the a and o categories of 'belonging to'......................... 123 15 Particles that follow the base words in a phrase.......................... 129 Section C: Further points and other constructions 16 Variations in sentence construction............................................... 145 17 Negatives........................................................................................... 150 18 Asking questions.............................................................................. 158 Bibliography.............................................................................................. 165 Index to main entries for all the particles.............................................. 167

David Karena-Holmes has been a tutor of Maori grammar at schools and institutions in New Zealand since the 1980s. This is his third book on the subject. He contributes a fortnightly column on te reo in the Nelson Mail., and his poetry and other writings have been widely published. David lives in Whakatu/Nelson.

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