The Gooreng Gooreng language is spoken in the Bundaberg region inland towards Monto, Mt Perry and Eidsvold and along the coast to Gladstone. Gooreng Gooreng is also documented as Gureng Gureng, Gurang Gurang, etc.
The following Gooreng Gooreng language words are included on the Gambara Gamu Biyu body chart poster – use the language pen to hear and practise saying the words.
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’.
Learn more about Gooreng Gooreng!
Watch a digital story of Uncle Merv Johnson and the Gooreng Gooreng Dancers: http://vimeo.com/9779746
For items in the State Library collections relating to Gooreng Gooreng, click here.
To discover more about the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander languages on the Body Chart, contact your local Library or Indigenous Knowledge Centre.
Central Queensland Language Centre (Bundaberg): 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
SLQ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages web pages
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