Lingogo is a digital library app for fun, dual-language, indigenous stories. Lingogo makes it easy to for anyone to learn about, connect with, and enjoy indigenous cultures and languages!

  • Access a range of stories in Te Reo Maaori with English translations.

  • Read or listen - the choice is yours.

  • New stories in Pacific languages coming soon.


Mobile app

Install the Lingogo app on your compatible smartphone or tablet.

Select 'Tap to choose your school or library' > Hamilton Libraries and enter your library card number to log in.

Lingogo iOS appLingogo Android app


Using Lingogo

  1. From the menu choose ‘Stories’ and select a culture/language. Tap to choose an ebook or series. Tap any cover to see a short synopsis. Tap the ‘download’ button to access your story.

  2. When you open a story it will appear in an indigenous language. Scan a sentence. It doesn’t matter if you don’t understand it. Then tap it.

  3. Ta-da! A pop up will appear. Read the English and tap the headphones to listen to the indigenous audio. Repeat with every sentence. Get a flow on. Don’t stress about all the unfamiliar words, just keep moving.

  4. For extra support, tap the magnifying glass in the menu bar for an online dictionary. When you see a ‘+’ sign tap it for translation notes.

  5. Keen for an audiobook experience? Right at the end of your story is our ‘Extra for Experts’ area where you can listen with scrolling text.

Just here for the story? Lean on the English and you’ll do fine! Committed language learner? Read your story multiple times. You’ll start naturally acquiring vocab, grammar, and constructions.



For further help and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the Lingogo FAQ.

If you can't find a solution using these resources, please contact the Matihiko/Digital Services Team with a description of the issues you're having and we'll do what we can to help.