Love Your Language


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 . 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
KonnichiwaGreetings, helloJapanese
MabuhayWelcome! Greetings!Philippine
NamasteGreetings. Live well!Indian
BonjourHello, greetingsFrench
Ciao! Buon giorno!Hello, greetingsItalian
​Nǐ hǎo​Greetings​Chinese

 How to say "I love you"

​Mahal kita​Philippine
​Aishite imasu​Japanese
​Ti amo​Italian
​Miluju tě​Czech
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



Page reviewed: 06 Mar 2019 5:07pm