THE MOST-COMPREHENSIVE BEGINNERS TE REO MAORI COURSE WORLDWIDE...STARTS AUGUST 2021!
Ever Wanted To Learn Te Reo Māori...
But Couldn't Figure Out Where To Start?
Register now for our intensive 30-day bootcamp to drastically accelerate your speed of  learning, doing so along side a tight-knit whānau of other language learners
Kia ora!
Welcome to the Starting In Te Reo Māori 30 Day Bootcamp!

I put this bootcamp together in response to the 100s of people reaching out through social media, saying they needed a more structured plan for learning.

I've filtered through the copious amounts of resources I've used on my reo learning journey, (some good, some bad) and put together a course based on the most efficient resources and learning methods available.

The course is designed to give you a solid foundation for your continued language learning journey. It basically covers everything I wish I had available when I first started.

Soooo many people fall off the wagon after they begin...this course is aimed to set you up correctly from the start to ensure you stay on track!

So, after 30 days...

Will you be speaking fluently? I doubt it.

Will you have the tools and knowledge to build a basic level of fluency within 12 months?  Absolutely!

I've outlined EVERYTHING you need to know about the course below.

Enrollment numbers for the course are strictly limited and, as you'll see on the timer below, enrollments will close completely very soon.

If you're ready to make the commitment to learning, then get signed up below before it's too late!

Can't wait to see you inside!

Grant

P.S. Check out the course recommendations below!

"Would you recommend this course to others?" 
- Without a doubt!
- Absolutely!
 -Yes!
- Definitely!
- Highly Recommended! 
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Kia ora,

Welcome to the Starting In Te Reo Māori 30 Day Bootcamp!

I put this bootcamp together in response to the 100s of people reaching out through social media, saying they needed a more structured plan for learning.

I've filtered through the copious amounts of resources I've used on my reo learning journey, and put together a course based on the most efficient resources available.

The course is designed to give you solid foundation for your continued learning journey. 

So, after 30 days....

Will you be speaking fluently? I doubt it

Will you have the tools and knowledge to build a basic level of fluency in 12 months?  Absolutely!
COURSE FRAMEWORK
Introducing the framework which forms the basis of learning through this course...

KŌRERO - SPEAK
Speaking Te Reo from Day 1
We get you speaking from day 1. 
Through spoken word, whether mistakes are made or not, one learns the most about a language.
WHAKARONGO - LISTEN
Practicing active listening
Passive listening does very little to serve your language learning. Active listening involves intentionally listening for familiarity, common words and patterns.
PĀNUI - READ
Reading, seeing, understanding
Through reading, and as your vocabulary grows, words will begin to stand out, helping you to better understand context within a text.
MĀTAKI - WATCH
Watching the way native speakers speak...
Watching the language allows you to pick up on the specific movement of the lips, see the body language and understand the little nuances of native speaking.
TUHI - WRITE
Writing is not just putting pen to paper...
It's building a result from the process; visualising patterns, noticing mistakes and decoding the language.
COURSE PLATFORM
Using simple and common tools to deliver language learning outcomes
Facebook
  • ​Access a secret Facebook Group to deliver and receive content and homework.
  • ​Utilises a tool that you're already using to consume content.
  • ​Simple, familiar and easy to understand technology.
Messenger
  • ​Utilise Messenger to connect and interact with your accountability groups.
  • Collaborate easily through text, voice, video and live content.
  • ​Stay on-the-go with your group through the day.
Zoom
  • ​Free webinar software for live video including attendees.
  • ​Engage in weekly group calls with ALL participants.
  • ​Opportunity for participants to engage and talk face-to-face.
STUDENT TESTIMONIALS
Jono's Testimonial
Chris' Testimonial
Anza's Testimonial
WHAT OTHER STUDENTS ARE SAYING...
"Starting in te reo Māori for me has been a supportive and safe place to learn. The content is easy to understand and each new lesson is in manageable sizes. Ngā mihi"
Zoe B.
"Starting in Te reo has been an inspiration. Your lessons are not to hard to grasp and very encouraging and empowering thank you ngā mihi aroha kia koe"
Jack T.
"Starting in te teo maaori has been perfect for me, the impact has made me confident, the pep talks have kept me going, awesom"
Patricia L.
"Your lessons have been easy to follow, well structured, and best of all, short and basic in content, perfect for first time learners...No matter what the kaupapa or subject, everyone needs tautoko, or support of some kind, in their studies"
Duncan P.
"Starting in te reo Māori for me has been a supportive and safe place to learn. The content is easy to understand and each new lesson is in manageable sizes. Ngā mihi"
Zoe B.
"Starting in Te reo has been an inspiration. Your lessons are not to hard to grasp and very encouraging and empowering thank you ngā mihi aroha kia koe"
Jack T.
"Starting in te teo maaori has been perfect for me, the impact has made me confident, the pep talks have kept me going, awesom"
Patricia L.
"Your lessons have been easy to follow, well structured, and best of all, short and basic in content, perfect for first time learners...No matter what the kaupapa or subject, everyone needs tautoko, or support of some kind, in their studies"
Duncan P.
COURSE STRUCTURE
Why
"Your WHY is the purpose, cause or belief that inspires you"
Many people understand WHAT they do (in this case, learning te reo). They understand that they'll be learning new words, putting sentences together, reading, listening to music, speaking, etc.

This all relates to the specific actions required to achieve your desired outcomes.

Many people know HOW they do it (online, face-to-face, etc). You may be sitting in a classroom full of students for a day, or completing a tutorial on your daily commute to work.

This relates to the specific process used to achieve your desired outcomes.

But, very few realise WHY they do it. 

Your why relates to your purpose for achieving your desired outcomes. When you understand your WHY, you have a solid foundation to support you through the tough times on your journey. It serves as a tool that you can reflect on and leverage to steer you back on course.

In the first part of the course, we dig deep to understand WHY you're on this journey. This involves developing your own "Why Statement". This is a single sentence which specifically defines your purpose of this journey.

Stuck on what a Why Statement might actually look like? Check out some examples below:
Whānau transformation through education - Te Wānanga O Aotearoa
Our vision is for the Māori language to be valued, embraced and spoken by all - Māori Television
To promote the well being of Māori women and their whānau through the spiritual, physical, social and economic development of the Māori people - Māori Women's Welfare League
To significantly contribute to the long term survival of Māori culture through digital connection  - Starting In Te Reo Māori
Fears
"If you want to conquer fear, go out and get busy. Don't sit at home and think about it"
Fear is one of the biggest aspects that hold people back when learning te reo.

When people get started in learning a a second language, they usually start by reading some books, listening to some audio and maybe even practicing some words to themselves. 

But it can often stop there.

When it comes to actually conversing in the language, people tend to retreat.

They don't want to be heard, and they don't want to be seen...for one main reason...

The FEAR of Judgement

They don't want to be seen making mistakes - "What if I stuff this up?"

They don't want to be judged by a more experienced speaker - "What if say the wrong thing?"

They don't want to look bad - "What if I am judged?"

But don't worry, these aren't just fears that are unique to language learning. They are fears seen in the family unit, at work, on the sports field and in public.

So how do we overcome these fears?
"fear is a sign to do whatever it is you fear—and do it quickly"
Scared of making a mistake when you speak? Start speaking.

Scared of people hearing you speak? Start talking to others.

Scared of speaking in front of a group of people? Start talking on Facebook Live.

Scared of looking silly as a new language learner? START SPEAKING.

These are all actions you'll be required to undertake during the course.
Minimum Effective Dose
(MED)
"The smallest dose that will produce the desired outcome. Anything beyond the MED is wasteful"
There are efficient and inefficient ways to learn a language.

The MED approach focuses on learning the absolute minimum needed to get you where you want to be.

So how is this achieved?
High Frequency Words
80% of results come from 20% of inputs.
The same goes for language learning. 80% of what we say is made up of 20% of available words.
By focusing on words that are of the highest frequency we can build a much larger vocabulary.
Language Replication
80% of results come from 20% of inputs
(yes this is worth repeating) 
We also have high frequency phrases/conversations in our life that stem from our daily routine.
By replicating these conversations in to Te Reo Māori we are essentially learning what we already know, which gives a much greater context to what we are learning.
By focusing on the MED of te reo Māori, we can:
  •  Learn quicker
  •  Learn smarter
  • ​Learn efficiently
Accountability
"Accountability breeds responsibility"
Have you ever started something and within a few weeks you've completely given up on it?

It's not an uncommon occurrence.

You know what I call people that habitually do this? Gunners

They're gunner do this...

They're gunner do that...

And what do they actually end up doing?  Nothing

So how do you stop yourself becoming another gunner?

One word - Accountability

So how do you become accountable?...
Accountability Partners
In a world-first in learning Te Reo Māori, students will be split into small Accountability Groups to learn from, through, and with each other. This is achieved through daily contact via text, voice, photos and video, across the course platforms.
DAILY STRUCTURE
With the proper strategy and daily action plan, your learning will be dramatically accelerated.
Lessons
A new video lesson will be available each day. Each lesson will build on the previous lesson, and fit within the MED framework.
Activities
Daily activities are required from students that align with the 5 Pillars of Language Learning.
Homework
Daily homework is required of each student. Homework will be by various methods that align with the 5 Pillars of Language Learning.
Utilising #hashtags to manage content delivery
Lessons, activities and homework will be delivered daily within the group. Each post will have a unique #hashtag to allow student's to quickly find and sort information.
This includes discussions on lessons and activities, and submitting homework.

Below is an example of the posts under which student's can manage their learning content.
STUDENT TESTIMONIALS
Jess' Testimonial
Sue's Testimonial
Neville's Testimonial
"Anyone considering joining the course, nau mai haere mai...if it’s a challenge you're seeking, confidence building, structure, and most important of all, learning our reo, this is a safe place to learn" 
COURSE CONTENT
We take you completely from A to Z...When we say this is the most-comprehensive beginners course in Te Reo, we mean it. 
Understanding Your WHY
If you're not clear on WHY you're doing something, it makes the HOW and WHAT much harder. We get you very clear on WHY you're on this journey, which sets you up for ongoing success.
Overcoming Fears
Fears of mistakes, judgement and failure hold most people back, without realising that these are all part of learning. We get you taking action in the face of fear to ensure your journey doesn't end prematurely.
Pronunciation
We run through a short and simple structure for pronunication that ensures a much higher rate of accuracy when first starting out.
Describing People's Actions
WHAT we do on a daily basis is the topic of many conversations. "What are you up to?" - "What's he doing?" - "What was Hemi doing?". We cover how to both ask and respond to these types of questions.
Describing What Things Are
"What's this?"  "What's that?" "This is a..." "That is a...".
These are high frequency questions/answers in life.
We cover how to both ask these and similar questions, and how to respond appropriately.
Asking Where Things/People Are
In this module we learn to ask where things/people are, and how to appropriately respond through a range of relevant and common responses.
Introducing Ownership
Building on the previous module, we introduce how to introduce ownership statements to these questions and answers. Eg. "Where is my/his/her/your ...."
Actions Involving Other Things
In Module 4, you'll learn about actions you do as an individual (walk, talk, run etc.). In this module, you'll learn about actions to other things. Eg. I am lifting the table. He is hitting the dog. You are washing your clothes.
Giving Commands
In this module we focus on how to give commands (you'll love this if you're a parent!). Whether we are instructing, directing or advising, commands make up a large part of our daily communication in the world.
Asking Who
In this module we focus on asking and responding to questions around who a particular person is.
Simple Negatives
In this module we look at how to negate a range of things including saying no, saying something "isn't" a particular thing, as well as some negative directions e.g. "don't do that", "stop that now"
Past And Future Agent Emphatics
In this module we focus on how to describe the actions of the "doer" of a particular thing.
Eg. "I will do the dishes" versus "I did do the dishes". Or "She will move the car" versus "She moved the car".
COURSE REQUIREMENTS
Every great structure needs pieces to be built...The great thing about this course is that you most likely have all the pieces already.
Internet
Reliable internet on, preferably, an unlimited data plan
Smartphone
You will need a smartphone, and preferably a laptop
Facebook
You will need a personal Facebook account for the course, including the app
Messenger
You will need the Facebook Messenger application on your phone 
Printer
You'll need to print off some documents (electronic files supplied with the course)
Zoom
Access to the free software Zoom
(link provided upon commencement)
Time
Students should allow around 1 hour per day for targetted lessons and learning, and be willing to supplement other activities (TV, music, reading etc.) in to te reo Māori
STUDENT TESTIMONIALS
Holly's Testimonial
Josh's Testimonial
Reirani's Testimonial
ATTENTION:
This Course Is For Serious Action Takers Only, and people that are ready to make Drastic Changes
WHO IS IT FOR?
  • Serious Action Takers
  •  People that are stuck with where to start
  •  People that can't make face-to-face lessons
  •  People that want to teach their children
  •  People that can commit to learning
  •  People that are willing to push their limits
WHO IS IT NOT FOR?
  • People that aren't serious
  •  People that aren't committed to learning
  •  People that will give up when it gets hard
  •  People that aren't coachable
  •  Time wasters
  •  People that can't commit the time
  •  Intermediate to Advanced reo speakers
WHAT OTHER STUDENTS ARE SAYING...
"Starting in te reo Māori for me has been a supportive and safe place to learn. The content is easy to understand and each new lesson is in manageable sizes. Ngā mihi"
Zoe B.
"Starting in Te reo has been an inspiration. Your lessons are not to hard to grasp and very encouraging and empowering thank you ngā mihi aroha kia koe"
Jack T.
"Starting in te teo maaori has been perfect for me, the impact has made me confident, the pep talks have kept me going, awesom"
Patricia L.
"Your lessons have been easy to follow, well structured, and best of all, short and basic in content, perfect for first time learners...No matter what the kaupapa or subject, everyone needs tautoko, or support of some kind, in their studies"
Duncan P.
"Starting in te reo Māori for me has been a supportive and safe place to learn. The content is easy to understand and each new lesson is in manageable sizes. Ngā mihi"
Zoe B.
"Starting in Te reo has been an inspiration. Your lessons are not to hard to grasp and very encouraging and empowering thank you ngā mihi aroha kia koe"
Jack T.
"Starting in te teo maaori has been perfect for me, the impact has made me confident, the pep talks have kept me going, awesom"
Patricia L.
"Your lessons have been easy to follow, well structured, and best of all, short and basic in content, perfect for first time learners...No matter what the kaupapa or subject, everyone needs tautoko, or support of some kind, in their studies"
Duncan P.
STUDENT TESTIMONIALS
Hayley's Testimonial
Student Testimonials
Julz's Testimonial
COURSE RECAP
  • ​30 Days Targeted Language Learning
  • ​Intimate Online Learning Environment
  • ​5 Pillars Of Language Learning Framework
  • ​Access From Anywhere (With Internet)
  • ​Access At Any Time
  • ​Use Existing Technology
  • Daily  Lessons
  • Daily Activity Plans
  • Daily Homework
  • ​Minimum Effective Dose Learning
  • ​Accountability Partners
  • ​Build New Friendships
  • ​Understanding And Connecting With Your WHY
  • ​Eliminating Your Fears
YOUR TEACHER
Grant Whitbourne - Founder of  Starting In Te Reo Māori
Ko Whanokao te maunga
Ko Mōtū te awa
Ko Whakaari te puia
Ko Apanui te tangata
Ko Te Whānau-ā-Apanui te iwi.
Ko Grant Whitbourne toku ingoa.
Whanokao is the mountain
Mōtū is the river
Whakaari is the volcano
Apanui is the ancestor
Te Whānau-ā-Apanui is the tribe.
My name is Grant.

Who Am I?
Hi, my name is Grant Whitbourne, and i'm the founder and creator of Starting In Te Reo Māori. An online initiative to ensure the long term survival of Te Reo Māori by helping to eliminate the confusion and overwhelm typically encountered by new language learners.
 
I was born and raised in Australia. However, you can trace my whakapapa back to the east coast to Te Whānau-a-Apanui.

Having not been brought up with te reo,  my thirst for the language grew from a long felt disconnect from my Māori heritage. Upon the birth of my first child, I took the initiative to teach myself in order to pass the language onto my children.

I now pass this knowledge onto others through the Starting In Te Reo Māori kaupapa.
STUDENT TESTIMONIALS
Gloria's Testimonial
Wayne's Testimonial
Ian's Testimonial
Are you ready start your journey?
Course Starts 2nd Aug 2021
Sarah's Testimonial
Chaya's Testimonial
Frank's Testimonial
Leighton's Testimonial
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
How does the course ACTUALLY work?
Well, upon signing up you’ll receive an email with a few things you can do to prepare for the course. Once the course numbers are finalised you’ll receive an email inviting you to join a Private Facebook group. The course delivery will take place within the group. As mentioned above you’ll be able to follow the various lessons, activities and homework through the groups hashtags.
What are the accountability groups?
It’s a group of 3 students that form together to talk, video, text and collaborate with each other during the course. You’ll still have the ability to discuss things in the group, however the accountability group will allow to get to know your peers more intimately.
What if I don’t understand parts of it?
You probably won’t straight away. It might take you a few weeks to understand some parts. That’s all part of the continued learning process. What you will have is all the relevant content and lessons to refer back to if or when you do get stuck.
I’ve heard face-to-face is the best way to learn, how will I go learning online?
Unfortunately face-to-face is not a possiblility for many busy people and the ongoing disruption of COVID-19. People spend hours and hours a day connected to their devices so I believe the content needs to be at least where people’s attention is; their phone. Your biggest learning breakthroughs won’t be from this course, they’ll be from taking what you’ve learnt, applying it, then having the wonders of te reo reveal themselves to you.
Can my family join in?
Of course! I encourage you to involve any one in your house hold to join in with on the journey. There is no extra cost for them to do so. The only limitation is that only the person that registers for the course will be able to join the group. Feel free to take away exactly what you've learnt and work with your family on building your knowledge!
I’m really shy when it comes to te reo. How will this course help me?
The best lessons are learnt outside of your comfort zone. You’ll be accountable to your group to complete the homework. Some of the homework might seem scary (like going LIVE on your Facebook profile to all your friends and talking te reo) but it’s through these scary moments that you’ll learn the most...plus it will only build your confidence.
What if the course is too fast paced?
There is no doubt this will be fast paced. However, there is no reason for you to fall behind. Why? Because you can’t fall behind your own pace. The course is designed to provide you with a solid foundation for continuing your language learning journey.
What if I can’t commit the time to learn?
Then you should wait until you have the time to learn. The last thing I want is for you to not be able to give your full attention to the course, and not come out with a good result. 
Te Reo should be free, why do I have to pay?
There are a few reasons: 

1. There are a number of costs involved in running the course, websites, email, domains, hosting, equipment etc, all of which need to be paid for. 

2. Starting In Te Reo Māori is 100% self funded, with no government assistance (I’m strong believer in self reliance).

 3. Your not paying for te reo (all my lessons are free on YouTube), you’re paying for committment and accountability. 

4. By paying you are committing yourself to the journey, and will be much more likely to stay focused and achieve your desired outcomes.
What if I live overseas?
As the course is delivered online, your location is not a barrier to learning. Within your accountability groups you may need to work a little bit harder to organise times to catch up with people, but this will not be a hinderance.
Copyright 2021 Starting In Te Reo Māori. All rights reserved.
Sorry!
The course is currently closed =(
The next intake will be April 2018