Kupu hou – Matakapua

This week I have started learning some kupu hou (new words/vocabulary) by just opening the dictionary and picking an interesting looking word. This isn’t the best way to learn vocab because the word is unlikely to be useful to me anytime soon, but it’s fun. Fun takes precedence in language learning because the most important thing is to just do something. So long as you do something rather than nothing, you’re getting somewhere.


Matakapua is one of the Māori words for stilts, and its really easy to come up with a mnemonic to help remember it.

mata – face

kapua – cloud

matakapua – when you wear stilts your face is in the clouds!

EPSON scanner image
Shepherds on stilts (Wikipedia)

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