Aki 4+

University of Otago

    • 4.5 • 56 Ratings
    • Free

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Aki - A Māori language vocabulary and phrase learning App. Paddle your waka and escape the taniwha by learning and identifying words and phrases. Finish one level with six dots, then start the next level with a whole new set of words. Once you’ve completed all four levels, play them again and challenge yourself to complete the levels in the quickest time possible with the fewest mistakes. Challenge your friends and family to play and compare their progress and achievements through Game Center.

What’s New

Version 1.0

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

____gsmallz___ ,

I loved this app - please add more

This is a fun and engaging way of learning vocab for Te Reo Māori and there aren’t many similar apps out there. Loved every detail - animation, voice-overs, sound fx etc. only thing that could be improved is perhaps word choice, I found it an odd prioritisation (esp for the verbs). the game is very addictive so I sadly finished it within two days. Please add more levels and vocab!

Nicholas Mingzi ,

Good to have a way to start Te Reo Maori

Been looking for apps for te reo and have struggled to find anything I’d use. There are apps for kids which are either too advanced or they use vocab aimed purely at children.
I like the first two levels of Aki. I managed to pick things up and just kept playing until the words got more reflexive. Thanks.

I’m really struggling with the verbs. I dunno if that’s because I must’ve heard some of the nouns before somewhere whereas I haven’t heard nor understood verbs before ... or if it’s just too hard, and the verbs are too long? Either way, it would help if that section could be broken into two shorter sections.
Personally, I’d like to do one section entirely using whaka- verbs.

A note to someone who said cinnamon and salt-shaker aren’t words they’d use much: actually I found each word to be very common for a kiwi kid. Cinnamon often goes on a pineapple fritter or a hot milky drink (cappuccino, hot chocolate, etc) - so you’ll want to know the word to say if you want it or not - and salt goes on most things - when you set the table you’ll be expected to know it and when someone asks you to pass the salt they’ll expect you to know - salt-shaker.

I hope they’ll keep expanding this app and/or others like it so we can all learn te reo, wherever we are.

Tinkerbell405 ,

Fantastic start. Needs tweaking. Waka rowing too long

This is a great start.

Some feedback.
The waka rowing is too long. After the word is selected there is a long pause (>3seconds) for every word. This breaks the flow and momentum of the game. To progress a level the user needs to respond in about 1 second. Which means 3/4s of the time in game is spent waiting for the waka rowers! It’s too long. This must be changed! And must be easy to change.

The graphics in general are great. Especially the Taniwha With the notable exception of the waka rowers. What is with the black arms and white bodies. And weird body shape. Should be easy to tweak.

There are too few words so that the user quickly becomes bored with the same words. More words and fewer transliteration words. Agree with what others have said - Cinnamon really?? is cinnamon in the first ten words a new learner needs to know?!

Tapping the clouds rather than dragging them would speed up the game. And make it more intuitive and easier to play. Testing word recognition not dexterity

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