Yugarabul body parts

Yugarabul is the name of one of the Aboriginal languages spoken in South-East Queensland, particularly the Ipswich area south towards Boonah and the Fassifern Valley; there are similarities and shared words with the Yugara/Yuggera language of Brisbane-Ipswich and the Mununjali language of Beaudesert.

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

Note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages are oral languages that have only been written down since European settlement; 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 Yugarabul Pronunciation
Arm Yamma Yah-mah
Belly/Stomach Dhiggeri Dig-ah-ree
Bone Dyrrbin Deer-bin
Ear Binung Bin-ung
Eye/Eyes Mil Meel
Finger Killen Kill-een
Foot Dinna Din-nah
Forehead Midgeree Midge-ah-ree
Hand Marra Mah-rah
Head Mugil Moo-gill
Knee Buhn Boon
Leg Mungurra Mun-gah-rah
Mouth Dhamburu Dam-boo-roo
Neck Ngullun Noo-lun
Nose Muru Moo-roo
Shin Buyu Boo-yoo
Shoulder Giga Gee-gah
Teeth Deear Dee-ah

Further details

For more information on Yugarabul: Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre serves as the Indigenous Language Centre for Southern Queensland; 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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