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Nō hea ia? (Where is he/she from?)

Duration: 1:07
Download the video clip for FLV player (7.12 MB)

Scenario

We meet creatures from all around the world, but our final creature is not of this earth; he is from outer space.

Language Focus

You will learn how to ask about where someone comes from, for example, ‘Nō hea ia?’ (Where is s/he from?)

You will also learn how to respond when asked that question, for example, ‘Nō Hāmoa ia’ (S/he’s from Samoa).

Tikanga

In Māori culture, it is more appropriate to ask someone where they’re from than it is to ask about their job, for example. People’s connectedness to a place is very important.

Transcript and Translation

Speaker Māori English
Rōpū tamariki (off-screen) Nō hea ia? Where’s s/he from?
  Nō Ahitereiria ia. S/he’s from Australia.
  Nō hea ia? Where’s s/he from?
  Nō Āwherika ia. S/he’s from Africa.
  Nō hea ia? Where’s s/he from?
  Nō Haina ia. S/he’s from China.
  Nō hea ia? Where’s s/he from?
  Nō Kaikōura ia. S/he’s from Kaikōura.
  Nō hea ia? Where’s s/he from?
  Nō Kānata ia. S/he’s from Canada.
  Nō hea ia? Where’s s/he from?
  Nō Hāmoa ia. S/he’s from Samoa.
  Nō hea ia? Where’s s/he from?
  Nō Aotearoa ia. S/he’s from New Zealand.
  Nō hea ia? Where’s s/he from?
  Nō tuarangi ia. S/he’s from outer space.

 
 
 

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