Ruth

Ruth Payne | May 2021

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Atamarie, My journey is very long and I have been in the zone of wanting to learn te reo since I started school in Auckland 40 years ago! I moved from Invercargill where it was Not a thing at all that I recall.
Atamarie, My journey is very long and I have been in the zone of wanting to learn te reo since I started school in Auckland 40 years ago! I moved from Invercargill where it was Not a thing at all that I recall. I learned very basic entry level words, and songs and even joined the kapa haka group and made my own poi learned to plait the strings, etc. forward 10 years and I had a Maori boyfriend who became the Father of my daughter and I STILL don't know how to string a sentence together. He was rural Maori and I learned more words and tikanga through him, went to many tangi and marae visits, Still no sentence structure. I now (20 years later) have a dear and fluent friend who worked at Te Karere and took me with him to the local marae for lessons, but I found it very hard to stand up in front of people, I am very shy in that respect, and I couldn't finish the lessons. I once again felt hopeless. I work in an environment that is very VERY slowly beginning to add words and phrases to emails etc... and I am once again trying to find the class/ lessons that fit me and my way of learning. This is a life goal, and I will get there. Kiaora.