Jemaine's Te Ahi Kaa - Radio NZ Interview

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Re: Jemaine's Te Ahi Kaa - Radio NZ Interview

Postby SheWolf » Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:53 pm

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Re: Jemaine's Te Ahi Kaa - Radio NZ Interview

Postby Nancy » Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:11 pm

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Re: Jemaine's Te Ahi Kaa - Radio NZ Interview

Postby munchkin » Thu Nov 19, 2009 12:52 am

Thanks for posting that link. It's nice to hear interesting questions. Can I ask what is possibly a very stupid question? How do you pronounce "Maori"? I can hear a word that sounds almost like "Mauwi". Sorry if this is a stupid thing to ask, but a teacher at school once said that the only stupid question was the one you didn't ask.

It was lovely to hear such details about his school life. Didn't he sound breathless too? Perhaps he was nervous?
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Re: Jemaine's Te Ahi Kaa - Radio NZ Interview

Postby SheWolf » Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:00 am

I thought it was a nervous breathlessness too.
munchkin wrote:How do you pronounce "Maori"?
How much time have you got? :lol: I once read that there were 13 ways to pronounce it. Don't know if that's true. I think some of it depends on what accent you have. I believe Jem is pronouncing it with a Maori accent as opposed to how Rhys (or perhaps any non Maori New Zealander) says it in the "New Zealand Town" ep as Mowry. The first time I heard the word was from a Maori girl I met in London, the way she said it was very close to Mary. I think with the Maori accent the R is supposed to sound like a cross of an L and a D which makes it a slippery pronunciation, at least for me.
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Re: Jemaine's Te Ahi Kaa - Radio NZ Interview

Postby onefeathertail » Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:03 am

Thank you, SW. That was a gem of an interview. :heart:

I think the pronunciation differs. I've heard it said in many different ways; I've heard Maori, Maowi, Maowli, Maoli, Mahri, Mary. :dunno: I think how it's pronounced relies heavily on culture and speech patterns.

And I'm a bit behind on the curve here. SW has it spot on. :lol: :heart:
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Re: Jemaine's Te Ahi Kaa - Radio NZ Interview

Postby funny schipperke » Thu Nov 19, 2009 2:04 am

Thanks for uploading that, SW! :D
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Re: Jemaine's Te Ahi Kaa - Radio NZ Interview

Postby mockingbird » Thu Nov 19, 2009 5:19 am

Munchkin I asked that same question a year ago and Turnip said if you pronounce it so it rhymes with "cowrie" you can't go wrong, so that's how I say it. ;) I felt weird saying it with a NZ or Maori accent.
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Re: Jemaine's Te Ahi Kaa - Radio NZ Interview

Postby SheWolf » Thu Nov 19, 2009 5:15 pm

That's the thing, when I first heard the word from the Maori girl it sounded like Mary. I had never seen it spelled so I just said it like she did. Later I realized I was saying it with a kiwi accent. :doh: Personally I like the Mahwri pronunciation.
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Re: Jemaine's Te Ahi Kaa - Radio NZ Interview

Postby munchkin » Thu Nov 19, 2009 6:54 pm

Thanks guys! I can hear "Maudie" when Jem says it, which kind of backs up shewolfs explaination. Guess, as you say, it depends on your accent and where you're from. There is a small town near here (I've lived here all my life) and local people (me included) pronounce it "Beeth" with a long "ee" sound and a "th" as in "the". Non locals (incomers!) say "Beeth" with a soft "th" as in "thank" and a short "ee". It makes them sound like different places!!

Accents? Don't they make life interesting!
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