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Vocabulary

General

Maori vocabulary

English translation

hīkoi to walk
hōhā exasperated, annoyed
horoi to wash
horoi ringaringa to wash (your) hands
horoia ō niho clean your teeth
horoia tō kanohi wash your face
kaha strong
koa happy
clean/white
māharahara anxious
mamae sore
mataku frightened
mate sick
mokemoke lonely
nēhi nurse
ora well, fit
paru dirty
pīngore flexible
tākaro to play
tākuta doctor
whengua tō ihu blow your nose
whakahokia ō kakahu ki te toroa put your clothes back in the drawer
whakamaua tō tātua fasten your seatbelt
Sports

Maori vocabulary

English translation

hīkoi walking/tramping
kaiaka athletics
kauhoe swimming
kirikiti cricket
mekemeke boxing
poikōpiko table tennis
poitarawhiti netball
poitūkohu basketball
poiuka softball
poiwhana soccer
rīki league
tēnehi tennis
whutupōro rugby
Kākahu tākaro (sports clothing)

Maori vocabulary

English translation

hingareti singlet
karapu glove
poraka jersey
pōtae hat
pōtae mārō helmet
tarau pants
Roles

Maori vocabulary

English translation

kaiāwhina assistant
kaimātakitaki spectator
kaitākaro player
kaitautoko supporter
kaiwawao referee
Sports equipment

Maori vocabulary

English translation

mātiratira net
patu bat
pōro ball
tūkohu basket
wīhara whistle
Ngā wahanga o te tinana (parts of the body)

Maori vocabulary

English translation

ihu nose
kanohi face
karu eye
kumu, nono, tou bottom
niho tooth
pakihiwi/pokohiwi shoulder
puku tummy, stomach
ringaringa hand, arm
taringa ear
tinana body
turi knee
upoko / māhunga head
waewae leg, foot
waha mouth
Ngā mate (ailments and illnesses)

Maori vocabulary

English translation

huangō asthma
kōpukupuku rash
korere diarrhoea
marū bruise
mate huka diabetes
namunamu blister
niho tunga tooth decay
pūkawe kakā bronchitis
rewharewha flu (influenza), (a) cold
tanoi sprain
tina constipation
weranga burn
whēwhē boil
Healthy food
In addition to the following, also see the vocabulary in Unit 3 Kai (Food).
Huawhenua (vegetables)

Maori vocabulary

English translation

aniana onion
harore mushroom
kānga corn
kōkihi spinach
puānīko cauliflower
rīwai potato
tōmato tomato
Huarākau (fruit)

Maori vocabulary

English translation

āporo apple
ārani orange
huakiwi kiwifruit
merengi melon
paināporo pineapple
panana pear

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