Yugambeh body parts

The Yugambeh Aboriginal language is spoken between the Logan and Tweed Rivers in South-East Queensland – there are several dialects across the language Nation including Gugingin, Bullongin, Wangeriburra, Munanjali, Kombumerri, Migunberri, Birinburra and Minjungbal.

Yugambeh has shared words with neighbouring languages of Bundjalung to the South, Yugara to the North and Yugarabul to the West. Yugambeh has also been recorded as Yugumbir, Yugum, Yoocum, etc.

The following list identifies parts of the body and their suggested pronunciation.

Note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages were oral-based; there may be several variations in spelling and pronunciation. The following list should be seen as a guide - check with local language speakers as to the preferred local pronunciation.

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’.

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English Yugambeh Pronunciation
Ankle Wulu Woo-loo
Arm Gungil Gun-gill
Belly Muhng Mun
Blood Gumera Goo-mer-ah
Body Biyu Bee-you
Bone Darigan Dah-ree-gan
Bottom Gumu Goo-moo
Chest Tumerrigunn Tum-air-ee-gun
Chin Yarany Yah-run
Ears Binang Bin-ung
Elbow Kuruhny Koo-run
Eyebrow Ngihlim Nill-im
Eyes Mih Mee
Face Nugal Noo-gull
Feet/foot Jinang Gee-nung
Finger/s Danggan Dung-gan
Forehead Ngihr Near
Hair Guhr Gurr
Hand Danggan Dung-gan
Head Bawur Bah-war
Heart Dulgu Dull-goo
Hip Wayan Way-un
Kidney Munggar Mung-gah
Knee Kindil Kin-dill
Leg Jarang Jah-rung
Lip Jehng Jen
Liver Yilngahn Yill-narn
Mouth Jeyang Jee-young
Neck Jalayn Jay-lun
Nose Muru Moo-roo
Shoulders Walagan Wal-ah-gun
Teeth Jirang Gee-rung
Thigh Jarang Jah-rung
Thumb Danggan Dung-gan
Tongue Jurgung Jur-gun

Learn more about Yugambeh!

Listen to the National Anthem sung in Yugambeh language: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd1EJVdmUO0

For items in the State Library collections relating to Yugambeh, click here.

Further details

For more Yugambeh wordlists as well the Yugambeh Language App, visit Yugambeh Museum’s website: www.yugambeh.com

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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