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Nga Ra o te Wiki

Ngā Rā o te Wiki – Days of the Week

Dear Zoo,

Remember my little goal, to learn some more te reo? Well I haven’t gone so well with that but it is still an aspiration. A while ago I learnt the days of the week and I thought I would share them here with one thing about each day from last week.

Rāhina – Monday

On Monday I had a kindy visit at the library. I do like preschoolers. I always ask them how they got to the library – usually, a bus, which is very exciting.

Rātū – Tuesday

On Tuesday I went on a course and learnt about digital resources for children which was excellent. I’m going to write about this soon.

Rāapa [ra – apa] – Wednesday

On Wednesday we have small time – our under 2s programme which I deliver with a colleague. We practiced saying ‘ni hao’ which is hello, in Chinese.

Rāpare -[ra-par- ee (as in key)] – Thursday

On Thursday I didn’t work at the library. I went out for dinner with my husband and it was fabulous.

Rāmere – [ra-mer-ee (as in key)] – Friday

On Friday I did some sewing – I have been sewing lots of cushion covers for Betty (our caravan).

I still feel apprehensive writing about this and it occurred to me as I wrote this that I don’t know how to use the days of the week in a sentence. Can you help me?

The bumbling linguist






Dear Zoo,

I haven’t written in a while. It’s been a weird time. I am going through one of those stages where I feel like I’m never at home. I’m busy working, doing some volunteer stuff, studying, moving house (which actually involves building some of the house!) and my mum had surgery so I have been spending quite a bit of time with her (it’s good news – she finally got a new knee after a bad farm accident in the 80s). But of course, there is always time to read. I would put reading as my number one hobby. It makes me feel sane, productive and when I’m reading a Cormoran Strike novel… some other feelings. 😀

So here’s what’s been happening, media wise.

  • I finally read ‘The Silkworm’ by Robert Galbraith. I read ‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ last year, I think, and loved it, but never got into the second book. Now I’m all like ‘Come at me Cormoran!’. But alas there is only three books so far! Write faster, J. K.! (In case you’re not clued up – Cormoran Strike is a hunky, slightly-broken, bad-ass detective in a series by Robert Galbraith, who is actually J. K. Rowling. I highly recommend it if you don’t mind a few guts on the side. I’m about halfway though ‘Career of Evil’ and I’m not loving it as much as the first two, but it’s still highly readable!
  • I’m reading a book called ‘Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Underrated Organ’ by Giulia Enders. I enjoyed it to start with but at halfway through I’m kind of wishing it was a bit more scientific. Still, I find the gut interesting and I sure learnt a few things in the first section of the book! (Having just re-read this post I want to be clear that when I say I find the gut interesting, I definitely prefer it inside the body, not outside a la the Galbraith murders!)
  • I watched the much-hyped Moana movie and…I thought it was pretty good! One should always approach a Disney film with a grain of salt or enough wisdom to understand that its not ever going to be “accurate” but I was actually pretty impressed. I felt it retained its Disney quality – over-the-top, feel-good, sing-songy but I was so PLEASED to not see a single evil mother figure. There was a male to save the day but Moana totally held her own (yay for strong girl characters!).  I’m excited to see where Disney goes next.
  • Last but not least, after watching reruns of HIMYM, Malcolm in the Middle, Firefly and That 70s Show for most of the year, we finally started watching Stranger Things! Holy mackerel. It’s like being 9 again. And watching those EPIC movies that scared the boots off me, like Jumanji (heh). We’re only a few episodes in but so far I’m stoked that noone has yet been raped, shanked or beheaded. Maybe TV is taking a turn away from the violent? Could I be so lucky? What are you watching? Is it glorious or just gory?

Comment and tell me what you’re reading?


Busy Lizzy