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He aha tana mahi? (What's his/her job?)

Duration: 2:09
Download the video clip for FLV player (18.34 MB)

Scenario

We describe certain people’s jobs.

Language Focus

The most important language feature in this animation is the use of the prefix ‘kai-‘(meaning ‘someone who does something’, for example, ’kaiako’ meaning someone who teaches; and ‘kaihoko’ meaning someone who buys/sells).

Notice the singular possessive pronoun ‘tana’ (his/her).

Note too the descriptive sentence starter ‘He’ (A), for example, He kaiako ia. (S/he is a teacher).

Transcript and Translation

Speaker Māori English
Rōpū tamariki (off-screen) He aha tana mahi? What’s his/her job?
Rōpū tamariki (off-screen) He whakatangi rakuraku tana mahi. He kairakuraku ia. Her job is to play the guitar. She’s a guitarist.
  He hoko ika tana mahi. He kaihoko ika ia. His job is to sell fish. He’s a fishmonger.
  He hoko waka tana mahi. He kaihoko waka ia. His job is to sell cars. He’s a car salesman.
  He hoko putiputi tana mahi. He kaihoko putiputi ia. Her job is to sell flowers. She’s a florist.
  He hanga whare tana mahi. He kaihanga whare ia. His job is to build houses. He’s a builder.
  He hautū taraka tana mahi. He kaihautū taraka ia. Her job is to drive trucks. She’s a truck diver.
  He tango whakaahua tana mahi . He kaitango whakaahua ia. Her job is to take photos. She’s a photographer.
  He whakaako tamariki tana mahi. He kaiako ia. Her job is to teach children. She’s a teacher.
Kaiako Titiro mai tamariki mā. Look here children.
Rōpū tamariki (off-screen) He aha tana mahi? What’s his/her job?
  He aha tana mahi? What’s his/her job?
  He aha tana mahi? What’s his/her job?
  He aha tana mahi? What’s his/her job?
  He aha tana mahi? What’s his/her job?
  He aha tana mahi? What’s his/her job?
  He aha tana mahi? What’s his/her job?
  He aha tana mahi? What’s his/her job?

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