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Māori Made Easy audiobook by Scotty Morrison

Scotty Morrison's best-selling Maori Made Easy books and workbooks in print have already helped thousands of people on their journey to learn te reo Maori. Now, the same great resource is available in audio, voiced by the author himself.

The mammoth resource, 30-hours worth, includes 28 user-friendly, step-by-step lessons that make te reo Māori learning fun, simple and relevant. Each audiobook lesson corresponds to one-week in the books, or 30-minutes of listening.

The audiobook mimics the written resources, making it a great bundle that works in harmony. But you don't have to have both to begin your journey. For those that are auditory learners - those that learn best by hearing and listening - the audiobook will be an essential tool in your te reo Māori learning toolbox.

Morrison (Ngāti Whakaue) says that being safe and comfortable in your learning environment is crucial. For those that may be too whakamā to attend formal classes just yet, this audiobook is a wonderful way to build your confidence.

The other bonus of an audiobook is it is portable and practical. You can learn hands-free, wherever and whenever you like. Listeners don't have to wait until a night class becomes available, the resource is right there for when you are ready. You can pause, rewind, replay the lessons at a pace that is right for you.

We've been listening to little snippets on the school run, as well as a way to relax and wind down. Morrison's voice is so relaxing and having his beautiful reo wash over you will inspire and motivate every learner.

The audiobook is fantastic for helping your pronunciation. So often, those of us learning the language can be isolated from others. We miss out on opportunities to practice speaking to others, as well as hearing from others. The audiobook offers a solution to this. Listening to Morrison, repeating after him, and practicing words and phrases, users learn alongside his audio ‘students’, Mere and Māka, in a scenario that mimics real-life lessons using techniques proven to accelerate confidence and knowledge.

Listeners learn numbers, greetings and farewells, simple action phrases, personal pronouns, and much more.

Press play on your te reo Māori learning journey with this empowering resource. Reviewer: Rebekah Lyell

Penguin Random House NZ, RRP $45.


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