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reo

1. (noun) voice, sound.

Ko ētahi reo i ririki, ko ētahi i rarahi, ko ētahi i tanguru (TPH 15/12/1900:3). / Some voices were soft, others were loud and some were deep.

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2. (noun) language, dialect, tongue, speech.

(Te Māhuri Textbook (Ed. 2): 181-187; Te Māhuri Video Tapes (Ed. 1): 2; Te Kōhure Textbook (Ed. 2): 37-53;)

E pātai ana ahau, "He aha rā i hunā ai te reo rangatira i te iwi Māori i kore ai e akona ki te iwi Māori anō? He mate nui tēnei nō te iwi Māori, he mate hē noa iho, kāore he hara. Nā ā tātou Pākehā noa iho pea i pēhi kia kore e akona." (TTT 1/10/1921:4). / I am asking, "Why was the noble language hidden from the Māori people and not taught to them? This is a major problem for the Māori people, but it's merely an error, not a sin. It's probably because our Pākehā pressed that it not be taught."(A statement written in Māori by Paratene Ngata).
Haere ki a Wiremu wherawhera mai ai ngā whārangi, nā ka kitea aua kupu i reira, nō reira he aha kē tēnei tāwai i te reo? (HM 4/2009:3) / Go to Williams' dictionary and open the pages and those words will be found there, so just what is this criticism of the language about?

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3. (noun) speech, utterance, statement, remark.

Mō taku take tuatahi, i pape taku reo. Nō te taenga mai nei o te pepa ka kite iho ahau i te hē (TTT 1/10/1929:1086). / Concerning my first issue, my statement was incorrect. When the newspaper arrived I discovered the mistake.

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whakawaiwai reo

1. (noun) language laboratory.

reo torohū

1. (noun) receptive language.

reo nohopuku

1. (noun) receptive language.

reo kē

1. (noun) foreign langugage.

reo tauiwi

1. (noun) foreign langugage.

reo whakamahuki

1. (noun) aside.

Ko te reo whakamahuki he nuka whakaari, inā te kōrero hāngai a tētahi kiriwhakaari ki te hunga mātakitaki, ānō nei kāore e rangona e kiriwhakaari kē atu (RMR 2017). / An aside is a theatric device where an actor speaks directly to the audience as if the aside is not heard by any other actor (RMR 2017).

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reo kihi

1. (noun) an unintelligible language, gibberish, gobbledegook, mumbo-jumbo.

He tata rā tēnei ki te māramatanga nō taua nō te Māori, inā hoki kua rōia ētahi, kua kura mahita ētahi, kua minita ētahi, kua mema ētahi, kua mātau ētahi ki te reo kihi o te Pākehā (TP 1/12/1900:2). / We, the Māori, are nearing enlightenment because some are lawyers, some are teachers, some are ministers, some are members and some understand the unintelligible language of the Pākehā.

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Synonyms: mangamangaiatua

reo kōrero

1. (noun) spokesperson, representative.

Heoti, nō te hokinga o Te Wherowhero ki Waikato, ka whakawahia hei Kīngi, ka noho a Ngāpora ki Māngere hei reo kōrero mō te Kīngi ki te kāwana (TTR 1990:71). / However, when Te Wherowhero returned to live in Waikato and was installed as King, Ngāpora remained at Māngere to act as the King's representative to the governor.

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Synonyms: kaiwhakarite, repe, māngai, taraketi

reo irirangi

1. (noun) radio.

Nō te tau 1943 i whakatūria ko ia te Māori tuatahi o Aotearoa hai kaipāho mō ngā rongo kōrero i te reo irirangi (TTR 2000:143). / In 1943 he was first Māori in New Zealand to be appointed as a news broadcaster.

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Synonyms: waerehe

reo rotarota

1. (noun) sign language.

I te tau 2006 i te whiriwhiria te reo rotarota hei reo ā-ture tuatoru mō Aotearoa (Te Ara 2013). / In 2006 sign language became a third official language in New Zealand.

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Synonyms: kōrero ā-rotarota

reo tōtahi

1. (noun) monolingual, monoglot, unilingual.

nuka reo

1. language device, literary device.

Ko ngā nuka reo ngā rautaki, ko ngā āhuatanga o te reo, ka whakamahia e te kaikōrero, e te kaitito rānei, hei kawe, hei whakanikoniko i ōna whakaaro, hei whakauru hoki i te wairua e hiahiatia ana e ia kia puta. Hei tauira, ko te huahuatau, ko te kīwaha, ko te huarite (RMR 2017). / Literary devices are the strategies and features of language that are used by a speaker or composer to convey and embellish their ideas, and infuse them with the desired feeling. Examples of literary devices include metaphor, idiomatic expressions and rhyme (RMR 2017).

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momo reo

1. (noun) type of language, register.

Ka ahu katoa mai ngā reo o Poronīhia i te momo reo o Austronesian (Te Ara 2011). / All Polynesian languages originate from the Austronesian language family.

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Synonyms: rēhita, pukapuka rēhita, mita, whakatapoko

mātanga reo

1. (noun) language consultant.

whakawaiwai reo

1. (noun) language laboratory.

kura reo

1. (noun) language learning gathering, language school - usually held on a marae or educational institution over several days with the purpose of speaking and learning Māori.

I āmio tāua i te whenua nei ki ngā kura reo (HM 4/2009:3). / You and I travelled around the country to the language schools.

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reo kōkuhu

1. (noun) introduced language, foreign language, colonists' language.

Ki te kīia tō reo e te reo kōkuhu he ngoikore, i te mea kāore e taea e ia te ao hou te kōrero, me kī atu koe, "Aua atu. Hei aha mā mātou." (HM 2/2009:10) / If it is stated by the introduced language that your language is weak, that it's not able to talk about the modern world, you should say, "So what. That doesn't matter to us."

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reo pekerangi

1. (modifier) mezzo-soprano - female singing voice whose range is between soprano and contralto.

Nā te taea e tōna reo mai i te reo pekerangi ki te reo taka i waenga i te reo tōiri me te reo hakahaka rawa o te wahine, i āhei ai ia ki te waiata i te huhua noa o ngā tūmomo waiata (TTR 1996:56). / Because her voice had a vocal range from mezzo-soprano to contralto, she was able to sing in many styles.

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2. (noun) alto.

reo ataata

1. (noun) visual literacy.

Ko te reo ataata te āhei ki te whakaputa, ki te whakamāori, ki te matapaki hoki i ngā momo whakaahua, hei whakawhitiwhiti whakaaro, kare ā-roto hoki (RTA 2014:151). / Visual literacy is the ability to create, to interpret and to discuss different types of images, in order to exchange ideas and feelings.

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