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He Iti te Kupu: Māori Metaphors and Similes

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He iti te kupu: Māori metaphors and similes – Hona Black

He Iti te Kupu contains nearly 500 sayings that draw a comparison between something (often the natural world) and people, events or contexts.

Written in Māori and English, this accessible guide explains the use, meaning and context of a host of the principal figures of speech in te Reo Māori.

Divided into themes, including  Ngā manu o uta, o tai – Birds of the land and sea,  Te Moana – The ocean, parts of the body, acknowledgements, animals and insects.

The title derives from the proverb, ‘The words are small, yet their meanings are substantial’, highlighting the importance of these sayings in the landscape of Māori language learning and speaking.

This volume will prove to be an invaluable resource for beginning and advanced learners of te Reo Māori.

That text is printed on the left-hand pages of the book, with his translation into English on the facing right-hand pages.

Format: This book is a Paper back

Language: This book contains both English & te reo Māori text.

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About the Author:

Hona Black (Ngāi Tūhoe, Te whānau ā Apanui, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) is a senior lecturer at Pūtahi-a-toi School of Māori knowledge at Massey University.

Other books available by Hona Black available at Poi Princess:

Te reo Kapekape: Māori wit and humour

1 review for He Iti te Kupu: Māori Metaphors and Similes

  1. Moana Wesley (verified owner)

    Although my reo journey covers 60 odd years now, he manu pīrere tonu ahau., I’m still just a fledgling…. basic grammar and vocab but nothing fancy. This book is already changing my kōrerorero. Its well set out, easy to use but not too easy .. me whakamaua te iti rearea. Highly recommend!

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