No 2 Lesson by Jim


So you’re okay with those Kia Ora and Tena Koe greetings?

Next logical step is to ask someone how they are — and what to say in response if they ask you the same thing.

Here’s the question:  “Kei te pehea koe?” (“How are you?”)

All fairly straightforward — just remember that “e” is pronounced as in “egg”, “i” as in “ee” and “o” as in “aw”.

And here’s the answer:  “Kei te pai.”  (“I’m well.”)

If you’re very well you might answer “Tino pai.”  (“Very well.”)

And of course, since one might not be well all the time, here’s the answer if you’re not well: “He ahua kino.”  (“Not too good.}

You can modify the initial question (which some speakers simplify to “Pehea koe?”) to suit the occasion.

Pehea ana e hoa?” (How are you, friend?)

Pehea ana e Fred?” (How are you, Fred?)

Given the basic greetings in the first lesson, you’re now set up to carry them a stage further in using our “other” language.

Kia ora koutou

Updated 7th Jan 2009