More than footprints?phrasebooks have been lovingly compiled by readers from around the world to arm you with a few words and phrases for your next destination. From basic vocabulary such as 'Yes', 'No' and 'Thank-you', and simple structures like, 'Where is the..?' and 'How much is this?' to the more advanced, 'Are you sure this is a different temple?' and 'Is that a ghost?!'. Enjoy, or as they say in France, 'Cafe au lait!'
Compiled for More than footprints by Huia Minogue (New Zealand)
Pronunciation: It would be impossible to adequately express, in text, the correct pronunciation of the phrases below, so to avoid being misinterpreted by the old woman at the bus stop, break the ice on your next train journey and have a local talk you through the correct pronunciation. A (ah - as in car) E (eh - as in egg) I (ee - as in tea) O (or - as in four) U (uu - as in shoe) R (short roll/click as per scots brogue) Wh (f - as in far, or wh - as in whistle) Ng (ng - as in singer) Emphasis usually on first vowel.
yes - Ae no - Kahore please - (Expressed through rising intonation) thank-you - (ditto - though 'Kia ora' is now sometimes used) hello - Kia Ora (Ki-ah Or-rah, roll that R, must be accompanied by a big grin!) goodbye - Haere Ra - (when said to the person who is going) / E Noho Mai Ra - (when said to the person who is staying) Excuse me (Can you help me?) - Kia Ora, e Hoa - Hello mate/friend Excuse me (Sorry) - Aroha mai - Have compassion on me Good morning - Ata Marie - peaceful morning Good afternoon - Kia Ora Good evening - Kia Ora Good night - Po Marie - (Have a) peaceful evening Do you speak English? - Korero Mai I Te Reo Pakeha? I don't understand - Kahore e Mohio Au / Aroha Mai My name is... - Ko ... Ahau I'm from... - No ... Ahau I'm a... (student) - He (Tauira) Ahau
passport - Te Uruwhenua bus station - Te Tauranga Pahi airport - Te Tauranga Waka Rererangi gas station - Te Whare Hinu Motoka car - He Motoka / He Waka petrol - Te Hinu Motuka oil - Te Hinu garage - Te Whare Hinu Motoka
I want to phone... - Ko Taku Hiahia Ki Te Waea Ki... How much does it cost a minute/an hour? - He Aha Te Utu Mo Te Minete / Hoara What's the code for (the UK)? - He Aha Te Tohu Mo (Te UK)? The sim-card doesn't work - Ko Pakaru Tenei Kara
emergencies & health
Help! - Awhina Mai! I feel ill - Ko Mauiui Ahau diarrhea - Te Rererere vomitting - Te Ruaki doctor - He Taakuta hospital - He Hohipere chemist - He Kemihi dentist - Te Kaitiaki Niho
Cheers! - Kia Ora! beer - Pia / Wai Pirau water - Wai
money, shopping & sightseeing
How much is it? - He Aha Te Utu? museum - He Whare Taonga church - He Hahi shop - He Toa cafe - He Whare Kaawhi restaurant - He Whare Kai
days of the week
Monday - mane / ra hina Tuesday - turei / ra tu Wednesday - wenerei / ra apa Thursday - taite / ra pare Friday - paraere / ra mere Saturday - hatarei / ra horoi Sunday - ra tapu
1 - tahi 2 - rua 3 - toru 4 - wha 5 - rima 6 - ono 7 - whetu 8 - waru 9 - iwa 10 - tekau 11 - takau ma tahi 12 - tekau ma rua 13 - tekau ma toru 14 - tekau ma wha 15 - tekau ma rima 16 - tekau ma ono 17 - tekau ma whetu 18 - tekau ma waru 19 - tekau ma iwa 20 - rua tekau 21 - rua tekau ma tahi 22 - rua tekau ma rua 30 - toru tekau 40 - wha tekau 50 - rima tekau 60 - ono tekau 70 - whitu tekau 80 - waru tekau 90 - iwa tekau 100 - kotahi rau 101 - kotahi rua ma tahi 200 - e rua rua 1000 - kotahi mano 10000 - tekau mano 1000000 - mano mano