Te Kaha o Te Reo Maaori
As I'm sure a lot of you are aware, this is Te Wiki o Te Reo Maaori 2015 which as it happens is the 40th celebration. One of the major stories is young brother Finnian Galbraith whose speech video hit over 290, 000 views and was covered, to some degree, by BBC and The Guardian, overseas.
According to the most recent consensus, our language is struggling. The great thing though, is that individually we can do something about it and we should see it as our responsibility to do just that.
It's hard to see this kind of thing. Language is such an important facet of culture and Te Reo Maaori is especially gangsta. Te Reo Maaori is a pretty cool sounding language in my opinion (I realise how subjective this claim is by the way). Some languages, like Thai or Cambodian for example don't really convey strong emotion like anger or seriousness no matter how stern you speak . Anyone that has seen Ong Bak know how annoying Humlae and his Mrs (it might be his sister) are for this very reason.
Te Reo on the other hand can be quite hearty sounding and scary, as well as being beautiful, when spoken softly, especially by women.
Check this perfect example
The best thing we can do for the language is to use it. Do our best to make it natural and encourage our peers (especially our pakeha peers) when they use Te Reo because it actually is cool to
Here are a couple links with cool phrases to try. Plus who did these mean drawings?
How have you been using Te Reo this week? What have been your favourite events or initiatives you've seen this week?