Days of the week in Māori
Māori Language Lessons
Ngā rā o te wiki - Days of the Week in Māori. - Los Días de la semana en Maorí.
The days of the week in Māori above are now the traditional / official names used (and promoted) by the Māori Language Commission. At the time of the first missionaries in New Zealand, Māori used transliterations of the English names for the days of the week. Below is a list of these names which you still may find in some texts:
- Mane = Monday
- Tūrei = Tuesday
- Wenerei = Wednesday
- Tāite = Thursday
- Paraire = Friday
- Rāhoroi / Hāterei = Saturday
- Rātapu / Wiki = Sunday
Notice how the Māori word often sounds similar to its English version. These were the names that were learnt at school (before 1990). Since then the official names have been taught.
- tēnei rā = today (literally means "this day")
- āpōpō = tomorrow
- inanahi = yesterday
- nōnanahi = yesterday (another way of saying yesterday)
How to ask what day it is in Māori
There are two main ways of asking what day it is in Māori:
- Ko te aha tēnei rā?
- He aha tēnei rā?
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