Conversations - Adjectives - Descriptions

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about te reo

  • te reo is one of the official languages of new zealand
  • ncea = national certificate in educational achievement (new zealand)
  • nzqa = new zealand qualification authority
  • level 1 = year 10 (circa 15 yr old learners)
  • level 2 = year 11 (circa 16 yr old learners)
  • level 3 = year 11 (circa 17 yr old learners)
  • for details on te reo maori ncea achievement standards [goto nzqa.govt.nz]


te reo adjectives describing everyday things (30 sets of 12 terms)


id_no te reo english set_no
1 he kupuāhua some adjectives 1
2 āe rā yes, of course 1
3 āe rā, kātahi ka tino mīharo rawa atu yes of course, then it would be really amazing 1
4 aroha compassionate, sympathetic 1
5 ātaahua beautiful 1
6 ātāhua beautiful 1
7 atawhai kind, generous 1
8 auaha creative 1
9 awhi helpful 1
10 āwhina helpful 1
11 haepapa to be responsible, reliable 1
12 hāhaka low 1
13 hakahaka low 2
14 hāmā light 2
15 hāmama open 2
16 hapu pregnant 2
17 harikoa happy, cheerful, joyful 2
18 hāuaua rainy 2
19 haunga smelly 2
20 haurangi drunk 2
21 haututu naughty 2
22 wrong 2
23 hemokai hungry 2
24 hiainu thirsty 2
25 hiakai hungry 3
26 hiamo excited 3
27 hiamoe sleepy 3
28 hīanga mischievous 3
29 hiwa dark 3
30 hoahoa freindly 3
31 hōha bored 3
32 hōhā bored 3
33 hōhonu deep 3
34 hoihoi loud 3
35 horo fast 3
36 horo/tere quick 3
37 hou new 4
38 hōu new 4
39 hōu new 4
40 hōu new 4
41 hourangi drunk 4
42 huaki open 4
43 huatau elegant, graceful 4
44 hūmarie handsome 4
45 ihiihi engaging 4
46 ine mahana thermometer 4
47 inewera thermometer 4
48 iti small 4
49 itīti a little 5
50 kaha strong 5
51 kahurangi/kikorangi blue 5
52 kaitā big 5
53 kātahi āmua toitū what a sustainable future 5
54 kātahi ngā what an 5
55 kātahi ngā tamariki hiakai what hungry children 5
56 kātahi ngā tāngata ngenge what tired people 5
57 kātahi ngā tauira koa what happy students 5
58 kātahi ngā wā poto what a short time 5
59 kātahi ngā wā roa what a long time 5
60 kātahi ngā waewae roa what long legs 5
61 kātahi te what an 6
62 kātahi te ao ātaahua what a beautiful world 6
63 kātahi te ao kōpīpī what a fragile world 6
64 kātahi te ao mīharo what an amazing world 6
65 kātahi te aorangi ātaahua what a beautiful planet 6
66 kātahi te aorangi kōpīpī what a fragile planet 6
67 kātahi te aorangi mahana what a warm planet 6
68 kātahi te arahanga roa what a long bridge 6
69 kātahi te au tere what a fast current 6
70 kātahi te awa ātaahua what a beautiful river 6
71 kātahi te awa roa what a long river 6
72 kātahi te awa tere what a fast river 6
73 kātahi te hau maha what a lot of wind 7
74 kātahi te hau mahana what a warm wind 7
75 kātahi te hau makariri what a cold wind 7
76 kātahi te hau makariri what a cold wind 7
77 kātahi te hoa pai what a good friend 7
78 kātahi te hōpa ngohengohe what a comfortable sofa 7
79 kātahi te hua hīmoemoe what a sour fruit 7
80 kātahi te hua porokawa what a bitter fruit 7
81 kātahi te hua reka what a sweet fruit 7
82 kātahi te ika iti what a small fish 7
83 kātahi te inu kakato what a delicious drink 7
84 kātahi te inu māngaro what a tasty drink 7
85 kātahi te kaipuke kaitā what a big ship 8
86 kātahi te kaipuke nui what a big ship 8
87 kātahi te kaipuke tini kaitā what an enormous ship 8
88 kātahi te kaitākaro koretake what a useless player 8
89 kātahi te kaitākaro pai what a good player 8
90 kātahi te kaitākaro uaua what a dangerous player 8
91 kātahi te kaitākaro wera what a hot player 8
92 kātahi te kararehe pōturi what a slow animal 8
93 kātahi te kararehe tere what a fast animal 8
94 kātahi te kararehe uaua what a dangerous animal 8
95 kātahi te kararehe whīroki what a skinny animal 8
96 kātahi te karehe mīharo what an amazing animal 8
97 kātahi te kēmu pai what a good game 9
98 kātahi te kōhauhau paitini what a polluted atmosphere 9
99 kātahi te kōtiro pūmahara what a thoughtful girl 9
100 kātahi te kūkūwai kōpīpī what a fragile wetland 9
101 kātahi te kupu maha what a lot of words 9
102 kātahi te manu mīharo what an amazing bird 9
103 kātahi te marama mīharo what an amazing moon 9
104 kātahi te marangai mīharo what an amazing storm 9
105 kātahi te marangai tini kaitā what an enormous storm 9
106 kātahi te maunga kaitā what an big mountain 9
107 kātahi te maunga rahi what a big mountain 9
108 kātahi te mea ātaahua what a beautiful thing 9
109 kātahi te mea koretake what a useless thing 10
110 kātahi te moana paitini what a polluted sea 10
111 kātahi te moana uaua what a dangerous sea 10
112 kātahi te moni maha what a lot of money 10
113 kātahi te ngahere mīharo what an amazing forest 10
114 kātahi te ngākau mahana what a warm heart 10
115 kātahi te ngārara iti what a small insect 10
116 kātahi te ngārara mīharo what an amazing insect 10
117 kātahi te ngārara nohinohi what a small insect 10
118 kātahi te one pau what an empty beach 10
119 kātahi te papa mārō what a hard surface 10
120 kātahi te papa paru what a dirty surface 10
121 kātahi te papa wera what a hot surface 11
122 kātahi te poti pākiki what an inquisitive cat 11
123 kātahi te pou rahi what a big stick 11
124 kātahi te pou tuwhera what an open goal 11
125 kātahi te pouaka mōmona what a fat pig 11
126 kātahi te pūkaki paitini what a polluted stream 11
127 kātahi te pūkaki paruparu what a dirty stream 11
128 kātahi te pukapuka tāwhito what an old book 11
129 kātahi te puku kī what a full stomach 11
130 kātahi te puku pau what an empty stomach 11
131 kātahi te pūnaha hauropi kōpīpī what a fragile ecosystem 11
132 kātahi te rā ātaahua what a beautiful day 11
133 kātahi te rā hāuaua what a rainy day 12
134 kātahi te rā mākū what a wet day 12
135 kātahi te rā mīharo what an amazing day 12
136 kātahi te rā pai what a good day 12
137 kātahi te rā paki what a fine day 12
138 kātahi te rā pūhauhau what a windy day 12
139 kātahi te rākau nui what a big tree 12
140 kātahi te rūma mā what a clean room 12
141 kātahi te taiapa hahaka what a low fence 12
142 kātahi te taiapa ngāwari what a safe fence 12
143 kātahi te taiapa pākaru what a long fence 12
144 kātahi te taiapa taetahi what a solid fence 12
145 kātahi te tamaiti hīanga what a mischievous child 13
146 kātahi te tamaiti māuiui what an unwell child 13
147 kātahi te tamaiti pai what a good child 13
148 kātahi te tamaiti pōuri what a remorseful child 13
149 kātahi te tāne kaikā what an impatient man 13
150 kātahi te tangata kaikā what an impatient person 13
151 kātahi te tangata pōkaikaha what a stressed out person 13
152 kātahi te tangata waimarie what a lucky person 13
153 kātahi te tāwara kawa what a bitter flavour 13
154 kātahi te wā rangirua what an uncertain time 13
155 kātahi te waea itīti what a little telephone 13
156 kātahi te waha hāmama what a open mouth 13
157 kātahi te wāhi mahi paitini what a polluted workplace 14
158 kātahi te waonga tuwhera what an open defense 14
159 kātahi te whakaahua ātaahua what a beautiful picture 14
160 kātahi te whare itīti what a little building 14
161 kātahi te whenua paitini what a polluted land 14
162 kati closed 14
163 kawa sour 14
164 full 14
165 ki raro through something 14
166 ki runga over something 14
167 ki te matau right 14
168 ki te mauī left 14
169 kikī tight 15
170 kikorangi sky blue 15
171 kino bad 15
172 kiwikiwi grey 15
173 koakoa funny 15
174 kōhukahuka snowy 15
175 koi clever, sharp 15
176 konaho small 15
177 kōpatapata polka dot 15
178 kopi closed 15
179 kopiti closed 15
180 korepirau fresh 15
181 korepukenga unskilled 16
182 koretake hopeless, useless 16
183 kōtarani plaid 16
184 kotikoti striped 16
185 kōtingotingo polka dot 16
186 kōuaua rainy 16
187 kōwera temperature 16
188 kōwhai yellow 16
189 kūare ignorant 16
190 kukuti tight 16
191 kūparu dirty 16
192 kupuāhua mō ngā kākahu describing clothes 16
193 late tūreiti 17
194 white 17
195 clean 17
196 maha lots 17
197 māhaki placid, humble 17
198 mahana warm 17
199 māhitihiti plaid 17
200 māia brave, confident 17
201 makariri cold 17
202 mākoha gentle, compassionate 17
203 mākohakoha open-minded 17
204 mākū wet 17
205 māmā easy, light (weight) 18
206 mamae sore 18
207 manawanui steadfast 18
208 māngere lazy 18
209 mangu/pango black 18
210 mārama clearly, light (opposite of dark) 18
211 marie peaceful 18
212 marino calm, still 18
213 mārō hard, solid 18
214 mārohirohi determined 18
215 māroke dry 18
216 mata raw 18
217 mātā heap/pile of 19
218 mataku scared 19
219 mātao cold 19
220 matatika honest 19
221 mate die, sick, troubled 19
222 mātou knowledgeable 19
223 māuiui sick 19
224 mauritau settled 19
225 māwhera open 19
226 mōata early 19
227 moeroa sleepy 19
228 mōhio clever 19
229 mokemoke lonely 20
230 mōmona fat 20
231 mua front 20
232 muri back 20
233 there 20
234 nanakia clever 20
235 nei here 20
236 newanewa smooth, soft (touch) 20
237 ngahau entertaining 20
238 ngākau mahaki kind-hearted 20
239 ngākaunui enthusiastic, dedicated 20
240 ngātata open 20
241 ngāwari safe 21
242 ngāwari easy, gentle 21
243 ngenge tired 21
244 ngohengohe comfortable, soft 21
245 ngoikore weak 21
246 nohinohi small 21
247 nui big, large 21
248 nui ake enormous 21
249 nunui big 21
250 nunui large 21
251 oho awake 21
252 ora alive, healthy, fit, well 21
253 pai good 22
254 pakanga chaotic 22
255 pakari strong 22
256 pakeke older 22
257 paki fine, sunny 22
258 paku small 22
259 pāmahana temperature 22
260 pango black 22
261 pāpaku below, low 22
262 pāpaku shallow 22
263 parakiwai dark 22
264 parāone brown 22
265 parauri brown 23
266 paru dirty 23
267 paruparu dirty 23
268 pātikitiki checked 23
269 pau empty 23
270 pirau rotten 23
271 piripono loyal, devoted 23
272 pōhora poor 23
273 pono truthful 23
274 popohau windy 23
275 pōrangi crazy, stupid, silly 23
276 poto little, short 23
277 pōturi slow 24
278 pōuri dark, sad 24
279 pūhauhau windy 24
280 pukenga skilled 24
281 pūkenga creative, skill, talent 24
282 pūkuka snowy 24
283 pukukai greedy 24
284 pukukōrero talkative 24
285 pukumahi hard-working, busy 24
286 pukuriri angry, upset 24
287 pūrotu handsome, gorgeous 24
288 yonder 24
289 rahi big 25
290 ranga checked 25
291 raro bottom 25
292 raruraru troubled 25
293 rawe amazing 25
294 reka delicious, tasty, sweet, juicy, yummy 25
295 riri angry 25
296 ririki small 25
297 roa long 25
298 rongonui famous 25
299 roto inside 25
300 ruhi weak 25
301 runga top 26
302 taetahi solid 26
303 tāhei closed 26
304 tāhekeheke striped 26
305 tahito old 26
306 taikaha violent 26
307 taiohe younger 26
308 taipoto close together 26
309 takupū short (length) 26
310 tānga print 26
311 taroa tall 26
312 tāroaroa tall 26
313 tātai huarere thermometer 27
314 taumaha heavy 27
315 tautoko supportive 27
316 tawhito ancient, old 27
317 teitei above 27
318 teitei above 27
319 teitei high 27
320 tēnā now 27
321 tere fast 27
322 tika right 27
323 tīkorikori colourful 27
324 tino important/very 27
325 tītaha sideways 28
326 toa brave, tough, victorious 28
327 toiroa wide apart 28
328 tuatahi first 28
329 tūpato careful 28
330 tūpuhi thin, skinngy 28
331 turi quiet 28
332 turituri loud, noisy 28
333 tuwhera open 28
334 ū firm (land) 28
335 uaua dangerous 28
336 uaua hard, tricky, difficult 28
337 wahangū quiet 29
338 waho outside 29
339 waiporoporo purple 29
340 waiwai watery 29
341 waiwhero pink 29
342 wareware forgetful 29
343 wera hot 29
344 weriweri disgusting, offensive, horrible, ugly 29
345 whairawa rich 29
346 whāiti narrow 29
347 whakahihi proud 29
348 whakahīhī arrogant 29
349 whakairo print 30
350 whakamā bashful, shy 30
351 whakatoi cheeky 30
352 whānui wide 30
353 whara injured 30
354 wheno red 30
355 whero red 30
356 wheuri dark (in colour) 30
357 whīroki skinny 30
358 30
359 30
360 30