The Double Vowel
The Macron vs. the double vowel
What's the difference between a macron and the use of the double vowel? For many of those who have learnt to read and write te reo Maaori over the last 20 years, a macron (the little line over a vowel, as in Kāwhia) will be commonplace. The macron is used to indicate the vowel length and ultimately alters the way the word is said and more importantly, its meaning.
For those vowels with a macron or written with a double vowel the sound is lengthened as an example 'ana' means cave, where 'anaa' means behold or here is.
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