How about ordering your morning coffee, or your green tea, in te reo?
I came across an article this week about a language initiative taking place at the Green Door Cafe in Taranaki.
Every Monday, a group of te reo students meet at the cafe, place their order in te reo, and practice speaking te reo together.
To help out, the Cafe has come up with a translation of the most common orders.
It goes something like this:
Kaihari Kawhe (barista) : He aha māu? (what would you like)
Koe (you): he rāte māku, kia ora (a latte for me, thanks) OR
‘kei te piringi ahau tetahi tī kakariki’ (I would like a green tea).
Simple. I need to do more of this myself – ordering in te reo, and then sitting with a friend and speaking as much te reo as possible (more on that in another blog to come).
Photo RNZ/Robin Martin
As for the Cafe – Te Tatau Pounamu – it might just have a green door, or it could be named after a song – anyone been there?