Post image for Maori — “Goodbye” (to those leaving)

You will see “Ra” the sun and “Rah” the cow several times in these lessons.

Here, Parker has outfitted Ra and Rah with wigs, thus making them “hairy”.

He is waving “Goodbye” to them as they leave.
Hairy Rah! Haere ra! = Goodbye (to those leaving).

To say “Goodbye” to those staying… will post soon!

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Post image for Maori — “Nine”

Parker is taking care of nine  babies.   The babies cry “EEEEE!”   “WAAAAA!”   EEE + WAA (IWA) = NINE.

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Parker watches as the Cattleman (who has just been shopping with his cattle-list) drives off with his purchase.   Ten cows!   You can remember this either as TE’ KAU (“ten cow” without the “N”), or as TAKE COW (he’s TAKING the COW away).   Whatever works better for you.   TEKAU = TEN.

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The Eights are having a WAR!   Parker sees it, and says “OOH!”    WAR + OOH = EIGHT!

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Rima is getting a new dress, decorated with a number 7.   Parker says “Fits you!”   “Whitu” — Maori for “seven” — is usually pronounced “fitsu”.   Remember the number 7 on the dress, and Parker saying “Fits you”, and you will remember WHITU (FITSU) = SEVEN.

NOTES:

“WH” in most Maori dialects is pronounced “F”.

It is “FITSU”, not “FITSYOO” (Parker’s enthusiasm notwithstanding).

The “s” sound is very brief.

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Post image for Maori — “Six”

Parker has numbered plates.   The “six” plate is falling!   Oh, No!!!   ONO = SIX.

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Post image for Maori — “Five”

Rima, the Bird Girl, has five birds.   RIMA = FIVE.

NOTE:   Rima the Bird Girl is a character in “Green Mansions”, a novel by W. H. Hudson.

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Do, Re, Mi, FA!    Four notes.   The fourth note is “FA”.   In Maori, the number four, WHA, is pronounced FA.

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Parker sees three animals that are half bull (“taur”) and half kangaroo (“roo”).   Remember  the three Taur-Roo, and you will remember that TORU = THREE!

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Seeing the pair of “roo” made Parker say “Uh!”   So, ROO + UH = TWO!

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