How to form simple sentences in Maori

You want to learn how to form simple sentences in Maori? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Maori lessons complete with useful examples. The house is big, the book is old... we make forming simple Maori sentences easy.

Simple Maori sentences

In the present tense, where an English sentence would use the verb 'to be', a typical sentence in Maori does not use a verb at all. Just the subject and the attribute are used without a verb.


He rarata te tāne.
The man is friendly.
He nui te tāne.
The man is big.
Kei te pouri te tāne.
The man is sad.
He taonga te tāne.
The man is rich.
Kei te harikoa te tāne.
The man is happy.
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About Maori

About Maori

Māori belongs to the Austronesian language family and is related to Malaysian, Indonesian and Tagalog. If you are planning on doing some travelling, learning Maori would be a great way to make the most of your trip.

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Basic words and phrases in Maori

Learn to get by in Maori with these useful words and phrases. These essential phrases cover everything from Maori greetings to business and workplace communications to love and dating.

Reira ngā whare maha.
There are many houses.
Reira ngā tamariki maha.
There are many children.
Ngā kurī maha kei reira.
There are many dogs.
Ngā ngeru maha kei reira.
There are many cats.
Basic words and phrases in Maori
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If you want to go from beginner to fluent in Maori in a reasonable amount of time, you'll need a proven study method and daily dedication. Our nine-step Maori learning guide will show you how to teach yourself Maori in a structured,effective way. The steps below will take you through the progression of skills needed to learn to speak, read and understand Maori.

Step 10 : Simple sentences in Maori

You've already learned so much in steps 1 to 9 and we'd like to help you learn even more with this bonus step. Learn the phrases He pukapuka tēnei, He tūru tēnei and He tatau tēnei (This is a book, This is a chair, This is a door). Then learn the phrases He nui te tatau and He paku te tatau (The door is big, The door is small). And then learn the phrases He nunui ngā tatau and He paku ngā tatau (The doors are big, The doors are small). You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about simple Maori sentences including useful examples. Take everything you have learned so far and then teach yourself just a few new words each week. In this way, you'll soon be able to say 100's, if not 1000's of short phrases in Maori. Give it a try yourself!

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