Dharumbal language

The Dharumbal language is spoken in the Rockhampton region of Central Queensland.

The following Dharumbal language words are included on the Gambara Gamu Biyu body chart poster – use the language pen to hear and practise saying the words.

Aboriginal sounds

In pronouncing Aboriginal words, there are some sounds which are quite different to English and require practice.

'dh' is different to English - it is pronounced with the tongue at back of teeth.

'dj' is similar to English - it can be between ‘j’ and ‘ch’.

'ng' is one sound in Aboriginal languages and is different to the 'n' sound in English - it is closest to the 'ng' sound found in singer.

'nh' is different to English - it is pronounced with the tongue at back of teeth.

'ny' is one sound in Aboriginal languages and is different - it is closest to the 'n' sound found in onion.

'rr' is a rolled 'r' sound similar to a Scottish 'r'; at the end of a word it may sound like ‘d’.

Download the Dharumbal language body chart  (PDF 188.4 KB)

English Dharumbal
Ankle wul
Arm marra
Belly banna
Belly button guana
Blood guma
Body gabal
Bone rillu
Bottom bunthi and mulla
Chest ngamba
Chin anu
Ears binang
Elbow gulgul
Eyebrow dinan
Eyes dili
Face wutha
Feet/foot dina
Fingers balngnan
Forehead yali
Hair manam
Hand malla
Head ngatha
Heart dalgu
Hip yuli
Kidney rindu
Knee bikal
Leg dumu and gal
Lip munu
Liver gipa
Mouth dangga
Neck bimbi
Nose nunta
Nostril yuna
Shoulders nirrgal
Skin nhuman
Teeth yira
Thigh dharha
Thumb murrgin
Toes dalgayu
Tongue dalang
Wrist dandha

Further information

To discover more about the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander languages on the Body Chart, contact your local Library or Indigenous Knowledge Centre.

Community Organisations

There are several local Aboriginal Community organisations working with language and cultural heritage in the Dharumbal language region, including the following:

  • Fitzroy Basin Elders Committee, 2/181 East Street [PO Box 813], Rockhampton, Q 4700. t: (07) 4922 3544 e: admin@fbec.org.au w: www.fbec.org.au
  • Darumbal Community Youth Services, 79b Bolsover Street [PO Box 266]
    Rockhampton Q 4700. t: (07) 4922 6180 w: www.darumbal.org.au/

Language Centre
This centre supports language activities in Central Queensland from Rockhampton to Maryborough and west to Longreach and the NT border.

  • Central Queensland Language Centre, Gidjarjil Aboriginal Development Corporation Ltd, 53 Walker Street [PO Box 2773], Bundaberg. Q. 4670.
    t: (07) 4130 7700 e: cqlanguage.centre@gidarjil.com.au

State Library of Queensland
For further information on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages at the State Library of Queensland, please contact:

kuril dhagun, State Library of Queensland
Stanley Place, South Brisbane Qld. 4101.
PO Box 3488, South Brisbane Qld. 4101.
t: (07) 3842 9836            f:   (07) 3842 9893

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