Kupu app

An app that enables you to learn te reo Māori by taking a photo and translating the object.

Kupu By Spark New Zealand
  • Interactive app
  • Image recognition
  • Teaches pronunciation of te reo Māori words
  • Can be used on tablets and smart phones
  • Based on the Te Aka Māori dictionary

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Cost Free

What does the app do?

Kupu app is an interactive, fun way to learn te reo Māori. You take a photo of an everyday object and the app gives you the te reo Māori translation, including pronunciation. Because images have lots of information, the app also picks up related words, eg, if you take a photo of a glass of water, the app will return karaihe (glass) and also give you the te reo Māori translation of related words such as tumbler, drink, etc

Kupu uses machine-learning technology for image recognition and it may not get it right every time. Users can use the translation feedback feature to log any translations that don’t seem right. For the complete app description, go to the app website(external link), Google Play(external link) and the App Store(external link).  

Review details

Date of review: March 2020
Platform reviewed: Android
Version: 2.0.2
Download size: 26 MB
Updated: 24 September 2019

Related topics

Te reo and te ao Māori apps
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