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Te hoko kai (Buying/selling food)


The scene is Te Awarangi’s food stall which he has set up outside his house. We see his friends negotiating prices with him. Unfortunately they have insufficient funds to buy the item they want, namely a chocolate bar. In fact they only have half the money that’s needed, so a solution is found. Te Awarangi eats half the bar and sells the other half to his friends!

Language Focus

The language focus is on costing. You will learn how to ask the price of something, that is, ‘He aha te utu mō...’ (What’s the cost of ...).

Notice that, before the numbers 2-9, there is the word ‘e’, for example, ‘E rua tāra’ ($2). But the number one does not follow this pattern, for example, ‘Kotahi tāra’ ($1).

There are two useful (but quite difficult) dual pronouns used; namely māua (me and someone else, that is, we), and kōrua (you two).

Transcript and Translation

Speaker Māori English
Rōpū tamariki (off-screen) Te hoko kai Buying/selling food
Te Awarangi Kia ora kōrua. Hello you two.
Jenny Kia ora Te Awarangi. Kei te hiakai māua! Hello Te Awarangi. We’re hungry!
Te Awarangi Ka pai! Good!
Hone He aha te utu mō te āporo? What’s the cost of an apple?
Te Awarangi E rua tāra. Two dollars.
Jenny He aha te utu mō te keke? What’s the cost of a cake?
Te Awarangi E whā tāra. Four dollars.
Jenny E whā tāra!!! Four dollars!!!
Hone He aha te utu mō ngā panana? What’s the cost of bananas?
Te Awarangi Toru tāra, rima tekau hēneti. Three dollars fifty.
Jenny He aha te utu mō te tiakarete? What’s the cost of chocolate?
Te Awarangi E rua tāra. Two dollars.
Jenny Kei te hia tiakarete ahau. I want chocolate.
Hone Kotahi tāra noa iho kei a māua. We’ve only got one dollar.
Te Awarangi Ka pai!Anei tō tiakarete!Kotahi tāra! Fine.Here’s your chocolate.One dollar!


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