First Lessons in Maori
The nouns have no Inflections, nor any distinctions of Gender.
Obs. The interrogative pronoun aha, what, is treated as a common noun.
|Mătua, parent.||Mātua, parents.|
|Tŭpuna, ancestor.||Tūpuna, ancestors.|
|Tăngata, man.||Tāngata, men.|
|Wăhine, woman.||Wāhine, women.|
|Tuăhine, sister (of a man).||Tuāhine, sisters.|
|Tuăkana, elder brother.||Tuākana, elder brothers.|
|Těina, younger brother.||Tēina, younger brothers.|
|Tamăhine, daughter.||Tamāhine, daughters.|
The word tamaiti, child, is used in the singular only, tamariki being always used for the plural.