As February is the month of LOVE, we are highlighting LANGUAGE and how speaking and appreciating another language can spread the love!
Language in its' broadest sense means "A system of objects or symbols, such as sounds, gestures or character sequences, that can be combined in various ways following a set of rules, especially to communicate thoughts, feelings, or instructions." Learning and maintaining a language can be difficult especially if you live somewhere where your language is not spoken every day.
Rotorua District Council has already made a commitment to become a bilingual city and takes every opportunity to promote and support te reo Māori initiatives and projects. Read about it here. The Library runs He Aka Pikirangi, a once-a-week programme of music, singing, instruments, movement and craft for under 5 year olds, conducted solely in te reo Māori. He KapuTī Kōrero, also run once-a- week is where adult learners can practise their te reo at whatever stage they are at. Once a month a waiata session is held for the general public in the Community pride area of the Library.
The Library has many resources to help with learning languages – a new one or maybe brushing up on your own language. From Hindi to Italian, Danish to NZ Sign, Māori to Polish, there is plenty of support for your challenge. Look for the subject of your choice on the catalogue.
Computer programming languages are also another type of communication and we have online courses available via Lynda.com . You will need your library card number and PIN to access this site from our website.
Books are available in the library on Java and HTML, C and CSS3 languages.
Keep an eye out for our display of Language books on the ground floor.
If you would like to make the effort to welcome others, here are some common greetings in other languages:
|Ahoj jak se máš? ||How are you?||Czech|
|Kia ora, kei te pēhea koe?||Hello, how are you?||NZ Māori|
|Namaste||Greetings. Live well!||Indian|
|Ciao! Buon giorno!||Hello, greetings||Italian|
How to say "I love you"
|Kei te aroha au i a koe ||NZ Māori|
|Wǒ ài nǐ||Chinese|
|Main tumse pyar karta hoon||Indian|
|Tá mé i ngrá leat||Irish Gaelic|