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    My son is attempting to learn to speak Maori in anticipation of his return in a couple of years. He is accessing a couple of web sites and has downloaded some software that helps with words and sentence construction. But what he really needs is someone to actually speak it with him so he can get used to holding a conversation. This can be done via skype or MSN if anyone is able to speak it. If not he may have to wait until he arrives
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    Good luck with that one, Nicky, but you never know . Good on him to jump in the deep end. I've got the odd website, like this, where you can learn to pronounce words, sounds and phrases, but it's probably only what he already has.
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    He has that one MB and a few others. It's the actual listening and repeating what he hears and stringing sentences together he could do with the help on. There is a class he could go to but it is held in NZ House in London - not practical for him to go there. He may have to do what he can and finish off when he arrives.
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    Default Fluency in Maori dying with elders

    Looks like he could be doing the Maoris a favour by learning their language and helping to keep it alive. Hope he can find support for this.

    Fluency in Maori dying with elders
    PAUL EASTON Last updated 05:00 05/07/2011

    The death of elders fluent in te reo has been identified as a challenge for the Maori language.

    "These are people for whom Maori was their first language," Maori Language Commissioner Erima Henare said at the launch of Maori Language Week in Wellington yesterday.

    "As nature takes its course, the level of fluency is decreasing, even though the number of Maori speakers is rising."

    There were moves under way to combat the loss of fluent speakers, he said. For example, young people who showed special ability in Maori were singled out for specialist training that could take them up to a doctoral level.

    "The future of the Maori language is in our hands. I believe it has a secure future."

    In 2006, just under half of Maori aged 65 and over could hold a conversation in Maori about everyday things. One quarter of Maori aged 15 to 64 could hold a conversation.

    The start of Maori Language Week was marked in Wellington yesterday with a slap-up breakfast at the new waterfront wharewaka.

    About 200 people, including Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples, were at the event, which included speeches and a performance by the Nga Taonga Mai Tawhiti kapa haka group. Kapa haka performer Jillian Butler said Maori Language Week was an important celebration of te reo. "But it's not just about one week. It's about using te reo every day, every month, every year."

    The Maori Language Commission has chosen "Manaakitanga" as the theme for the week. "At its core, manaakitanga is about how we make people feel welcome when they are in our company, and how we give regard to and care for others when hosting visitors," chief executive Glenis Philip-Barbara said.

    The Rugby World Cup was a chance to showcase the language, she said.

    "Everyone who has Maori language knowledge, great or small, is encouraged to use it as often as they can during this exciting time."

    - The Dominion Post

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