Thursday, March 12, 2009

Mr. Ed...In Maori


A horse is a horse, of course, of course...
But is it a horse...if it's in Maori??? The nation of
New Zealand does an excellent job of making the most
of it's bilingual status of making sure that both English
and Maori languages are fairly evenly presented in
most mediums. Nowhere did this seem more obvious
lately when we discovered that the 60's sitcom, Mr. Ed
was being broadcast on the Maori television channel...
not in English, but in Maori! What was scary was that
I really didn't have much of a problem following the
plot line even though I know all of about two words of
Maori. Does that say something about the Maori
language or the simpleness of Mr. Ed. I'm pretty sure
it's the latter and not the former. I read an article
the other day, stating that Maori was an endangered
language. Well, I'm here to tell you, it's alive and
well and being broadcasted in the form of Mr. Ed
re-runs.

1 comment:

Michelle said...

It is a hoot isn't it! I found it one night and showed Brendon and I thought he was going to die laughing. There was another show and now for the life of me, I cannot remember what it was but it too was voiced in Maori. That Maori channel can be a total stress buster.