You may have noticed that I have an ability to make myself look really smart by taking information from reliable sources and rewording it to be not (quite) as boring. It’s a gift, I know. But until now I’ve never refashioned anything from the show AKO, and there’s a very simple reason why… I don’t like AKO!
Now before I alienate my entire reader base let me explain. I don’t like TV at the best of times, so watching 30mins of slack-jawed expressions is pure torture (suggestion: gunk machines or paintball guns for incorrect answers would make it infinitely more watchable). I could perhaps force myself to stay awake if I knew that the topic of the episode was of particular interest to me but when Māori TV provides no descriptions for any of the almost-200 episodes, it’s like trying to find a needle in a very boring haystack.
So it was with great pleasure that I received all four seasons worth of AKO worksheets from an upokopakaru follower (thank you MNS). YAY! All the juicy bits and none of the chaff and – most importantly – a whole new source of things to steal be inspired by.
Here’s a simple English phrase many of you say every evening.
go to sleep
* (Don’t even get me started on people who say “haere ki te moe” or we’ll be here all night)
But here’s a much better way to say it.
E moe ō karu
Sleep your eyes
That just kills me. How can you not love that? Lucky for us there’s a simple and logical trick that we can all learn and impress our friends with. (For the original check out AKO Terenga 4: Hōtaka 7)
Instead of saying ‘au’, ‘koe’ and ‘ia’ in a sentence, think about how you would phrase it when replaced with ‘tōku’, tō’, or ‘tōna’ and the part of the body that it relates to. Obviously this doesn’t work with all verbs and adjectives, just ones to do with the body.
Kei te ngenge ahau.
Kei te ngenge tōku tinana.
Ka pekepeke ia.
Ka pekepeke ōna waewae.
Kua whāwhā ia i ngā taonga Kirihimete
Kua whāwhā ōna ringa i ngā taonga Kirihimete
I aro atu rātou
I aro atu ō rātou mata/kanohi
Of course it’s not always as simple as these ones above; you have to take this as a starting point and think a bit laterally. Let’s take a simple phrase.
Kei te hiakai ahau
Could we replace ahau with tōku puku or tōku waha.?
Kei te hiakai tōku waha
My mouth is hungry
Kei te hiakai tōku puku
My stomach is hungry
No, we’re being too formulaic… we can do much better than that! Think for a second… what exactly does your mouth and stomach DO when you’re hungry?
Kei te hāwareware tōku waha
My mouth is drooling.
Kei te kokō tōku puku
My stomach is gurgling.
Exactly! Those are much better ways of saying “I’m hungry”… well done you!
I found tons of phrases exactly like this while researching for that Tinana/Kīwaha series but I didn’t see it as a pattern (I know, sometimes not the sharpest tool in the shed). Now we know better (thanks AKO) and to prove it… why don’t you add a phrase of your own (like those above) to the comments below. Let’s see who can bring it.