Any chance of a Maori(Te Reo) course in the future?
I'm an American studying abroad in New Zealand and have just learned about this fascinating language. It's so beautiful to hear but I only have experience with romantic languages so I don't know where to start. Self teaching would be difficult there isn't really a wealth of online sources and the pronunciations are difficult if you didn't grow up around it. Anyone else interested in a course like this?
That would be amazing! I am a New Zealander but I struggle with Maori grammar and stuff.
I've started learning with Maori Language: Understanding the Grammar by David Karena-Holmes and I would love to be able to learn and practice more!
Duolingo are getting a bit closer to adding Te Reo!
Are you a fan of the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/duolingotereo ?
Please consider liking and maybe contributing!
There has been an effort to reach out to Maori Lang Comm, Te Wiki, and Maori TV, etc. There may be an article in the new future from a Pacific news source too.
Message the facebook page and I can message you too.
I refuse to use Facebook (on many grounds which I won't use this forum to politicize), but really appreciate your efforts regards reaching out to the organisations you mentioned. It is a little sad that our country is sometimes a little backwards when it comes to actually supporting the things it claims to champion (rugby being an obvious exception to that rule haha), but I'm sure if you keep at it, some bright spark in one of the above mentioned organisations will actually realise what an amazing opportunity their organisation/s is/are missing in bringing the chance to learn Te Reo for free to millions of people - not just those of us whom are lucky enough to be able to call the land of the long white cloud our home.
For my part, I will (continue to) bring DuoLingo to the attention of language-learners everywhere, but will also focus a little more on bringing it to the attention of Te Reo teachers and learners, with an effort to garner support from both camps.
I'm an Irishman living in NZ and I've been studying Irish on Duolingo. I've found it really helpful and it would be great to see a Te Reo Maori version for Duolingo
Yes, I would LOVE to be able to learn the Māori Language here on Duolingo. I am a kiwi that is part of a Kapa Haka group here in Chile and would love to be able to understand the language more than the "tahi, rua, toru, wha...". I started my own site about Māori with little things I have learnt but it is hard to do when you are not back home in NZ.
I have never seen Maori, but because I speak Hawaiian I am assuming those are numbers? They are just like in Hawaiian, "kahi, lua, kolu, haa...", except we add 'e in front of the numbers ('ekahi, 'elua...)
Yes! Hawaiian and Māori are very closely related and can sometimes be mutually intelligible
Ka pai! Maori numbers are "Tahi" "Rua" "Toru" "Wha" "Rima" "Ono" "Whitu" "Waru" "Iwa" "Tekau" (One to ten) if there was a Maori language course I would be willing to help! as a Kiwi currently in NZ, it would make me glad to see one of our national languages up on Duolingo, apart from UK English. :P
I am moving to New Zealand in February and think this is an awesome idea.
Fiothymo - I have a question for you. I'm trying to translate the term "know thyself" or "know oneself" into Maori, but am a bit confused with imperatives. Does this make sense?
mohiohio koe ano
Ah ok, that makes sense. Thanks!
It's difficult learning online because I don't know how a Kiwi would actually say this. "Proper grammar" doesn't always translate to common usage.
I would love a Maori language course. It's a beautiful and highly underrated language. I'm going to be visiting and studying in NZ pretty soon and Duolingo would be a perfect way for me to learn some Maori without having to take an entire semester class.
Ever sine I saw the movie whale rider, I have been very interested in Maori. Memrise has some stuff, but I wish there was more.
The Whale Rider is also a good book by Māori author Witi Ihimaera. A very different experience than the movie, though!
Well, I'm impressed! Can I recommend the novels of Patricia Grace? In my opinion, she's the greatest Māori author.
I never knew I wanted this as much as I did until I read this! I have had an infatuation with Maori for years, but there's not a lot of resources for it! It was the same way with Irish, and Duolingo came to my rescue then! I'm sure you can do it again, right guys?
also interested for my daughter who wants to learn te reo and we live in Australia... registering my interest!
I would love to see a Māori course. There are a few options with Memrise, but nothing as comprehensive or accessible as Duolingo.
Yes please, I would love to be able to learn Te Reo Maori via DuoLingo. I find it hard to learn at the same pace as many other people. I'm either a lot faster or a lot slower, but rarely am I at the same speed as members of a Te Reo learning group/course. DuoLingo would allow me to learn this wonderful language at my own pace, and as I live in NZ, I would literally be able to practice it 'in the real world' every single day! I want this. I love the idea. What can we do to make it so?
I'm crossing my fingers. Both I and a friend sent an e-mail promoting Duolingo to the Māori Language Commission. I got a fairly rude reply but my friend got a far more positive response. Of course finding bilingual speakers is only one step of the process.
I wonder how many applications for building a Māori for English speakers course Duolingo has already received.
Maybe the person at the Māori Language Commission who responded fairly rudely to you is one of those applicants, had already been waiting a long time for a response from Duolingo, and then unfairly took it out on you after you emailed him or her about Duolingo? :(
I go to Wellington College (Wellington is the capital of New Zealand). We have a great Maori Teacher.
Yes! It would be so great to have a Maori course! I started learning it in school in New Zealand, but moved before I had a chance to learn anything, so I'd love to pick the language up again.
Te Reo Māori is something I have grown up with, yet I still do not know it well, due to not really having the opportunity to learn it despite NZ Government efforts. I would love to learn it myself but there are barely any resources. A Duolingo course would change all of this. Māori culture is a part of me and many others as New Zealanders and it is important to me. Language is an integral part of our culture, so easily accessible resources are vital to keeping both alive.
I really hope Duolingo makes this happen. In the meantime, this course might be helpful https://www.memrise.com/course/1631193/te-reo-maori-1-audio/
Yeah, New Zealand people talking about this language really got me excited. I think it's amazing how there's this language there that many people try to still use and I would love to learn it someday and travel there for a while. Huge yes for Duolingo to have this!
The popularity of the language is now so great in New Zealand that they can't train teachers fast enough. "Disney join rush to cash in as Māori goes mainstream" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jul/28/google-disney-maori-new-zealand?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copiar_para_a_%C3%A1rea_de_transfer%C3%AAncia
Learnt te reo growing up. I've been learning Spanish for 49 days and now know more words in Spanish than in maori. That's sad really. Having te reo on duolingo would be a game changer.
Is it possible to pay Duolingo to launch a language project? If so does anyone know what it costs or how to run a successful kickstarter?
It isn't something that's been done in the past, but with Duo looking to increase revenue, who knows.
I'd feel iffy about it though, since the course would probably still be built by unpaid volunteers, and I can't imagine that Māori would require otherwise-prohibitive amounts of backend work by the actual paid staff.
Tautoko! Yes please. I have knowledge of a ton of kupu but don't have the grammar required. A course on here would be perfect
I am studying with Te Wānanga o Aotearoa but it would be great to enhance my learning by being able to use duolingo for Te Reo Māori. Thanks
I'm a Kiwi and I would love to learn how to be more fluent in Maori! They only teach us the basics in school and it would be awesome to learn more!
Super keen to get this up and running, this is just what Te Reo Māori needs at this present moment. Any progress??
A course on Duo would be amazing. In the meantime there are many other free courses available online and in a classroom setting, here is an extensive list: http://www.mana.co.nz/news/learn-te-reo-maori-anywhere-in-aotearoa.html
It would be awesome to have a Maori course! I don't really know how to phrase this, but they're thinking of putting Maori lessons in the NZ curriculum, and this could be a great resource.
As it is the recognised language of NZ, it would be awesome to have Te Reo Maori taught on Duolingo.
Kia ora I too would love to learn te reo Maori via Duolingo at least until I got to the point where I wanted to find a Wananga course near me. Is Duolingo considering it??? Naku noa na. Susie
I would love a course on a Maori course! I mean, I am a bit weird with languages, but I would also be really interested in any of the Pacific languages like Hawaiian, Samoan, Tongan, Fijian, Tahitian, Chamorro, Marshallese... I get this is a big undertaking for every language, but what would also be great idea would be the some creoles like tok pisin and bislama, that have sometimes more speakers than the individual primary languages..
Remember you need to have lots of upvotes on the request before they will consider adding it. About 800-1000 upvotes will go a long way to convincing the admins.
When I was backpacking in Europe and Asia, there are two things that other travelers would ask me:
Does New Zealand really look like Middle Earth?
What's Maori culture like? Can you speak Maori?
International travelers are using Duolingo as their primary method of picking up some of the language before traveling to a new place. With such interest in Maori culture from outside New Zealand, it makes total sense that te reo Maori be offered as a course on Duolingo, one of the most popular language learning resources.
We're having a debate of whether it should be taught in schools, and Duolingo would be a huge leap forward in helping people learn.
I think anyone who uses Duolingo would immediately hit up a Maori course as soon as it got added. I'm a New Zealander and I'm frustrated at the lack of resources to learn our HEAVILLY underspoken national language!!!!!!!
Hi Duolingo, please let our foundation develop and create the Te Reo Maori version of your APP/courses please? Our team have already published Learn Te Reo Maori Language books and resources and teach courses in person. Our team are considered amongst the best in New Zealand for Te Reo revitalization. We have already created a Voice recognition prototype that listens to Maori pronunciations and we are already starting to record Te Reo pronunciation audio files. We have the team and require NO FUNDING FROM DUOLINGO. We have coders, developers and programmers that can work on the backend to add the wordlists and sentences you need. We have 47 schools waiting to test a digital Te Reo language tool that will help teachers in classrooms. www.jeanswainsonfoundation.com
Hi There, I would suggest the best way to get this to happen is to have everyone you know sign up for Duolingo and upvote this thread. If we can get this thread up to 1000 upvotes it is highly likely that they will get this going...
It would be really cool to have a Maori course on Duolingo. In the mean time, you could learn it on Memrise or Anki. If you have a vocabulary list, you could make your own online flashcards.
Here's some links for you to learn it:
Video textbook: http://animations.tewhanake.maori.nz/
Maori dictionary: http://www.maoridictionary.co.nz/
Top 1000 Maori words: http://www.memrise.com/course/39806/top-1000-maori-words-2/
I would love to add my vote to Te Reo Maori. I would love to learn this Taonga but would struggle to find the time to attend regular night classes. A DuoLingo coures would be perfect.
In the meantime, check out this Memrise course: https://www.memrise.com/course/1631193/te-reo-maori-1-audio/
As a Kiwi, I'd defintely use a Duolingo Maori course and so would my son. I think that the same could be done for Maori as has been done for Welsh and Irish Gaelic in terms of language preservation and revival.
Please create Doulingo Maori ...you will be saving a language from extiction ...So many Maori people in New Zealand can't speak their own language .However New Zealand unlike many other countries truly embraces their first nation culture .Kiwis even celebrate Maori language week but no one teaches language like Doulingo does .
Yes please!! I’m about to move there and can’t even pronounce my street name!! Would love to have an understanding behind just being taught pronunciation of the only words in my area.
I've been listening to "Poi E" on repeat for the last seven days. It was the first time I heard Te Reo Māori, really. And I'd love to hear (and LEARN) some more. So yes, a Māori language course would be fantastic! Cheers from Germany!
I would like to add my vote in favour of a Te Reo Maori course being added to Duolingo. Definitely one I would add to the list of languages I am learning (or at least making the acquaintance of).
As a New Zealander, I naturally know a few Maori words (such as whanau - family), that are part of our everyday language, but I'm certainly not fluent. I do have a few Maori resources too including Teach Yourself Maori by K.T. Harawira, Maori Language: Understanding the Grammar (someone else has mentioned that), the Collins Maori Phrase Book and a really old book that belonged to my parents called Maori Place Names and Their Meanings. But somehow I've never got to grips with the language. If I could learn it the Duolingo way though, that might be just the ticket. And while I'm far from a fluent speaker, maybe I could contribute to the course with the resources I have at hand (in terms of helping write tips and notes or something?).
i'll be down to learn maori. they tried to teach it to us at a younger age at school but it never stuck with me, and since the teachers at my school are not the greatest i would LOVE to be able to learn it on a platform like this.
I've learned some Māori and would really love be able to practice it here on Duolingo. Here's one more resource for Māori language that I used some during my studies: http://kupu.maori.nz/
For that matter, there are many Pacific languages that would be great to represent on Duolingo: Hawaiian, Samoan, Tongan, Fijian, Tahitian, Chamorro, Marshallese. Melanesia might be difficult with its thousand something languages, but there are some creoles like tok pisin and bislama that have many speakers.
This is a good course until Duolingo gets on board with te reo! He rawe! https://www.memrise.com/course/1631193/te-reo-maori-1-audio/
It would be amazing to see such course! I'd definitely try to learn at least the basics.
As a NZer that is at intermediate level in te reo, I would be so happy to have Duolingo and to be able to recommend it to all I know!
100% agree that this would be a helpful course! Not only could it help support a language that is being revived, its a great resource for people like me who want to travel to NZ and have an understanding of its history and culture!
I live in New Zealand and at school we learn but I would love to be able to also learn it at home!
I am pretty enthusiastic to bring Te Reo to the Duolingo platform.
To my mind this will make it easier for me to embrace a portion of our rich heritage. I have always wanted the option of learning Te Reo, and if it was available on Duolingo - that would make it so much more accessible.
I've been quietly promoting this discussion - Here's hoping we an build a bit more momentum!
I would love your input on a phrase I'm trying to translate in to Te Reo Maori. The phrase is "Saturn rises." Is "ka eke Pareārau" correct?
I am a teacher in New Zealand. This would be a great resource for teachers to improve their te reo skills and implement it in the classroom. I would love to see te reo in duolingo classroom <3
I would love to learn Māori on Duolingo. Please make it happen. My mother was a born New Zealander and I have a lot Māori ancestry.
Te Reo Maori is one of New Zealand's three official languages. Non-Maori NZers are encouraged to learn it and a growing number are doing so. Because it is a living language, an increasing number of NZers would like to learn it. Although courses are available, they are not particularly good - nothing like Duolingo. Using nothing more than Duolingo I have studied first Esperanto, then Welsh. If Duolingo added Te Reo to its impressive menu of available languages, it would be a very powerful tool for us.
I would support Duolingo adding Maori as a language course because I believe that the Maori language and culture should be preserved and celebrated, just like many other languages and cultures in the world.
Te Reo Māori needs more support to really thrive. My dad was whipped for speaking te reo at school & we still need help to normalise the language in NZ. Please please add it to Duolingo.
Check out the facebook group "Te Reo MAori on Duolingo". We are trying to unify support!
i am. I'm from New Zealand but i literally don't want to actually learn it, I want encourage people to learn it
Kia Ora, As a New Zealander this would be amazing if Maori was able to be learnt via Duolingo. We are a small country with a big heart and beautiful people. We are passionate about our land and our people wherever they live in the world. Being a small country means the language is in the decline but there has been a big push recently to keep it alive. Just this year there was a local cafe owner who put on free Te Reo Maori lessons and a staggering number of people turned up so the demand is there! It would be amazing for our young students to be able to use this app too to help them with their studies - I know it would have made my learning a second language a lot easier if I had the Duolingo app when I was at school. Please consider adding Maori to your language section to help save our language ❤️
Yes i totally agree! I would absolutely love to learn it myself. I have New Zealand heritage but it would be an awesome language to learn for anyone who is visiting. It is such a beautiful language.
The New Zealand government is supporting a push to revitalise the language, but they don't yet have enough teachers: "New Zealand Leader Vows Daughter Will Learn Maori" https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/08/world/asia/jacinda-ardern-maori-new-zealand.html
I am from Nepal studying in NZ and would definitely want to learn Maori through Duolingo. Cheers.
I have been in New Zealand and I fell in love with it. I've heard people sing and speak and Maori and I would love the opportunity to learn, also not enough people know about this awesome language with a long history.
I'm Maori, but I only know the basics, I'm definitely down for a Maori language course so that I can speak to my elders and understand the things they say in meetings.
I don’t know if there are any more newer forums out there, but there is definitely a lot of people trying to learn Te Reo Māori, who would be totally interested in learning via Duolingo!!
Oh, I just wrote a post, but think it got eaten. I know tonnes of people who would be keen on Te Reo Māori. Kia kaha Te Reo
I am already learning online. Seems Kiwis are right behind it back home, but I am in China and wanna keep up!
Looking at the comments, I would be very surprised if this doesn't happen eventually.
Upvoting this please, it would not only be awesome for anyone interested in te reo but would mean huge things for many māori in new zealand to get a push into learning our language.
I am currently in NZ (holidays) and just bought some books for self-studies. My goal is to be fluent in Te reo Maori next time I visit NZ. If there is a possibility to learn te reo Maori on Duolingo I would use it, otherwise I would stop using Duolingo for some time, since I won‘t learn another language at the same time. So yeah, bring that cool language to Duolingo already!
When planning a trip, I like to spend the year before departure learning the local language (other than English). I have about 18 months to learn the basics of Te Reo Maori. Please, please, please add this as a DuoLingo offering. The DuoLingo format is perfect for my time availability and learning style.
I've been trying to learn more than basic te reo for a long time but there really are no good online resources, and duolingo's setup is the only one that has helped me learn in the past! there are a lot of people i personally know (as a kiwi) who would love to learn to speak maori as it is used often in our country and if duolingo created a course for it im sure it would get a lot of users and help the language thrive, as it is already making a large comeback and revival in our country. (also if courses on languages from tv shows can already be in the incubator and onsite then why can't a maori course be happening? not to sound bitter lol) if the problem is fluent speakers being needed to make a course then if it were advertised or word spread people would apply because there are many in nz
Yes please!!! I am from NZ but moved to Australia when i was 5 so i didn't get the chance to learn much Te Reo!!!
My daughters are in a Maori immersion unit at their primary school and I'm learning Te Reo at night school. I've been using Duo Lingo for years for other languages and find it incredibly useful. Would absolutely love to use it to learn Te Reo Maori - it would massively accelerate our learning.
Te Reo on Duolingo would be tu meke!! Like ExSquaredOver2, I'm a kiwi and struggle with the grammar. A Duolingo course would be awesome!!
I've moved back to Wellington and I'm learning Te Reo now - I'd love to use DuoLingo to help me practice.
Hey Duolingo, there's a real push in NZ government for te reo to be spoken more broadly. Lots of potential learners & government departments looking for ways to train their staff. Just sayin'... https://www.tpk.govt.nz/en/a-matou-mohiotanga/language
with over 500,000 maori, and lots of kiwis wanting to learn Maori, i think this would be a good thing to bring. Maori also has many fantastic Maori language specialists and university courses who could help develop the classes.....
Me hanga duo mā te reo. He pai te app nei mā ngā tāngata e tīmata ana ki te ako. Kei kõnei au hei awhina. :)
Tēnā koe. E ai ki tō whakaaro, mā ngā tāngata e tīmata ana anake te taupānga Duolingo? He aha ngā akonga pēpē ki te matatau e kore nei?
I've been a paid up subscriber in Duolingo for a while now, and would absolutely love to see a Te Reo course! So many Te Reo learning tools, till now, teach random words which I quickly forget. Duolingo is fantastic, as words and the skill to string sentences together, come naturally and stick in the memory. Currently I am learning Italian and French, and am loving it.
It’s been three years since this is posted but it’s still in high demand! I saw that other small languages have been added so I can’t wait for Te Reo Maori to be! I’ve lived in New Zealand my entire life and have been using this app for years. If Maori were available I could be fluent by now, but instead I know only days of the week and numbers.
In the time it takes Duolingo to maybe allow a Maori course you could go through most every available other course. Some small, like the MaoriTV one, others full blown uni courses. And as someone living in NZ you get acces to vastly lower fees, or with some courses no fees at all, making them much more accessible than to someone outside NZ.
That’s just a short sample from my collection of Maori links too, there’s a few more out there, and under the current PM there’s more courses all the time.
Yes please! I would definitely learn this beautiful language if it was on Duolingo!
I would love to see this come to fruition. Have been looking for a way to learn such a gorgeous language for a while.
I would love to learn this language. I have a friend with parents from New Zeland and who is serving a mission there right now. It would be cool to talk with her in this language.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's opening remarks to the UN Assembly this morning were in Maori: "E nga mana nui o nga whenua o te ao tena koutou katoa Nei ra te reo mihi maioha o Aotearoa Tena tatau i nga kaupapa korero Ka arahina e tatau me te ngakau pono me te kotahitanga o te tangata" https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/367450/me-too-must-become-we-too-jacinda-ardern-delivers-un-address
I just released a free Māori language counting app for iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tatau/id1435870670?ls=1&mt=8
Looks like drops beat duolingo to it.
Must not have updated their website yet.
I took a look. It is only a word learning app, nothing compared to the language learning that will be possible with Duolingo.
Yeah, it's ok. Helps with pronunciation but you only get 5 mins every 10 hours and a lot of the functions are locked unless you pay. I don't know much Te Reo Māori but some of their translations seem odd to me to.
It is te reo maori week in new Zealand at the moment, so a lot of support would be available, the whole country is being encouraged to learn more