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Friday, 24th May  2019 11:54:am

Cook Islands Mãori or Maori Kuki Airani is the most widely spoken language in the Cook Islands and has been our official language since 2003. Cook Island Maori is also referred to as ‘Te reo Ipukarea’ or “the language of the Ancestral Homeland’.

In addition, English is almost universally spoken and understood. The exception is Pukapuka where the language is Wale, a unique langage silimar to Samoan. Each of the Cook Islands also has their own dialect of Cook Islands Moari.

Should you want to explore speaking another language, here are some common words and useful phrases in Cook Islands Mãori:

Greetings etc.    
  Good Morning põpongi
  Good Night põ manea, põ meitaki
  Have a nice day rã mãnea
  Good bye ‘aere ra
  Come here ‘aere mai
  Thank you meitaki
  Thank you very much Metaki Atupaka
  You are beautiful te mãnea ‘iakoe
What is...    
  your name? ko‘ai tõ‘ou ingoa?
  the time? ‘ea‘a teora?
Where is...    
  the bus stop? tei‘ea te ngai tãp~u anga o te bus?
  the hospital? tei‘ea te are maki?
  the museum? tei‘ea te are vairanga apinga takere?
  the library? tei‘ea te are vairanga puka tatau?
  the bank? tei‘ea te pangika?
  the market? tei‘ea te makete?
  the church? tei‘ea te are pure?
  where are going? ka aere koe k~i‘ea
How much...    
  is this? ‘~e‘ia teia?
  does this cost? ‘e‘ia moni i teia?
  is the cup of coffee ‘~e‘ia moni i te kapu kaope?
Questions    
  How old are you? ‘~e‘ia õ‘ou mata‘iti?
  Can you help me? ka rauka ãinei ia koe i te tauturu mai iãku?
  Is it safe to swim here? ka meitaki ãinei te pa‘~i tai i konei?
  Can I have a drink? ka tika ãinei kia inu au i te vai?
  I only speak a little Cook Islands Maori meangiti ua taku tuatua maori ka kite
  I don’t speak any Cook Island Maori kãreau e kite meitaki i te tuatua maori
Counting 1-10    
  1 tai
  2 rua
  3 toru
  4 ‘ã
  5 rima
  6 ono
  7 itu
  8 varu
  9 iva
  10 ta‘i nga‘uru
Useful words    
  Yes ‘ãe
  No kãre
  Stop tãp~u
  Flower tiare
  Food kai (Rarotonga word for food)
  Food mãnga (-over the first a) (Ngaputoru an Aitutaki word for food)
  Food Ngaputoru (an Aitutaki word for food)
  Book puka
  Water vai
  Girl tamãi‘ne
  Pretty girl tama‘ine maneã
  Woman/wife vaine
  Pretty woman va‘ine manea
  Boy tamaiti
  Man/husband tãne
  Happy mataora
  Dance ‘ura
  Let's dance ka ‘ura tãua
  Happy mataora
  Feast umukai
  Tomorrow ãpõpõ
  Moon marama
  Ocean moana
  Maunga mountain European/foreigner - papa‘a
  Plane pa‘irere

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