Warrgamay is spoken in North Queensland, particularly in the Cardwell region, as well as the Herbert River catchment. It has also been recorded as Wargamay, Wargamaygan, Warakamai, etc.
The following Warrgamay language words are included on the Gambara Gamu Biyu body chart poster – use the language pen to hear and practise saying the words.
Download the Warrgamay body chart wordlist (PDF 280.0 KB)
Note: the following list should be seen as a guide only; there may be several variations in spelling and pronunciation. Check with local language speakers/custodians as to the preferred local pronunciation.
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 Warrgamay!
ABC Open has several digital stories featuring Warrgamay language: https://open.abc.net.au/posts/tags/warrgamay
For items in the State Library collections relating to Warrgamay, 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 (IKC).
There are several local Aboriginal Community Organisations working with Warrgamay language and cultural heritage, including the following:
- Girringun Aboriginal Corporation: 235 Victoria Street, Cardwell. Q. 4849. t: (07) 4066 8300 e: email@example.com w: http://girringun.com.au/
- North Queensland Regional Aboriginal Corporation Language Centre (Cairns) supports language revival in the region; for more information visit their website: www.nqraclc.com.au
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