Phrase drills site
This is a great resource for getting comfortable with phrases and has video to assist with pronunciation.
Ngā mihi – Greetings
Kia ora, Ata mārie, Mōrena. Good morning
Kia ora. Good afternoon/evening
Pō mārie. Good night
E noho rā. (said by person leaving) goodbye.
E haere rā. (said by person staying), goodbye.
Hei kona rā. goodbye.
Ka kite ano. see you later.
Ngā tamariki – babies
Kaua e tangi – don’t cry
Kaua e whawhai – don’t fight
me tohatoha korua – You two must share
mahitahi – work together
huri mai – turn to face me
takato – lie down
awhi – hug, cuddles
homai te kihi – give me a kiss
kei te hia kai koe – are you hungry
E moe – Go to sleep.
Kei te ngēngē koe? Are you tired?
Kia tau, kia tau. Settle down.
Ka nui tēnā. That’s enough.
Hoihoi koe… Shhh…
Kua kī pea tō kope. Perhaps your nappy is full.
Kia āio tō moe. Have a peaceful sleep.
Kōrero mai! Speak to me
Katakata mai! Laugh for me!
Menemene mai! Smile for me!