Cooljugator: The Smart Conjugator in Maori

This is a very simple Maori verb conjugator. Our goal is to make Maori conjugation easy, smart and straightforward.

You can input verbs into the Cooljugator bar above in any form, tense or mood in both Maori and English. The Maori Cooljugator can currently conjugate around 197 verbs. We suggest you try it out.

Common Maori verbs

If you run out of ideas, some common Maori verbs:

You can also find the full Maori verbs list Cooljugator can conjugate.

The Maori language

Maori (or Māori, also: te reo Māori - the Maori language) is a language spoken in New Zealand (which is known as 'Aotearoa' or 'The Land of the Long White Cloud' in Maoari, because literally, ao = cloud, tea = white, roa = long) and the Cook Islands by up to some 150,000 people (but fewer than half of those speakers are native). It used to be the dominant language in New Zealand for a long time, before the land was invaded, occupied and settled by predominantly English-speaking settlers.

Maori is an Austronesian language. It probably reached Aotearoa in around 800 AD by Polynesian people. It is closely related to Tuamotuan and Tahitian - and the most prominent theory is that the Polynesian settlers reached the land from Tahiti or its thereabouts. Yet, Maori was isolated for as long as five centuries from the East Polynesian languages in the Pacific from which it derives. It is also held to be quite conservative, and to have retained most of the original consonants of East Polynesian (Hawaiian, for example, which is also on Cooljugator, has changed more - see its description pagefor some comparison).

Written Maori traces its history after the British settlement. Its first recorded printed book was Thomas Kendall's 1815 reader with the name of 'E korao no New Zealand' (meaning: 'Talk from New Zealand'). Their first newspaper was also published in the nineteenth century. Prior to the colonisation, there were two very distinct Maori dialects: North Island Maori; and South Island Maori, which has now gone extinct. However, Maori still retains many local dialects, and therefore there are many ways to say similar words - water can be 'noni', 'koki', 'wai' or even 'ngongi' depending on the dialect.

While not very actively used, Maori is still an alive language, and English words such as 'mana' (often translated as 'authority, prestige, status, pride, power'- and referring to an impersonal supernatural power which can be transmitted or inherited) derive from Maori.

About Maori conjugation

The conjugation of Maori uses participles and markers to indicate different features (therefore it is sometimes even said that Maori does not even have conjugation.) However, due to the addition of them, Maori words do change in lots of ways.

For example, Maori has 'time' participles that specify the tense when it is not clear (although those can be omitted in cases where it is clear). It also has a progressive marker: e - ana, which gets inserted in front of and after the verb. Or a future marker 'ka'.

Another example: moods. Maori does have moods, and to indicate the passive moods it uses a marker at the end of the word. Or, one of twelve possible markers, to be exact. The one that gets picked depends on the proto-phonology of the word (to clarify, it has been said that these endings reflect the original final consonants of verbs that were lost in proto-Polynesian). Consequently, we have 'haere' (to go), which changes to 'haerea' (to be made to go). Consonants before the markers are sometimes dropped too, hence 'titiro' (to look) changes to 'tirohia' (to be seen).

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