Say G'day in an Indigenous Language

Following on from the success of the Say G'day initiative during NAIDOC Week 2014, State Library in partnership with Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre is encouraging community members to 'Say G'day' in their local Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander language. While NAIDOC Week runs from 3-10 July 2016, we encourage schools, communities and libraries to celebrate this initiative during the month of July.

Here is a list of some greeting words or phrases from a range of Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and dialects.

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/custodians as to the preferred local pronunciation.

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Language and Location Greeting word Pronunciation
Angkamuthi [Northern Peninsula Area, Cape York] Iyurrah = I am here (hello) Eye-you-rah
Barna [Nebo, North Queensland] Boongonna moogonoo = good day Boon-on-nah moo-go-noo
Barrungam [Dalby, Bunya Mountains] Gamba daru = good day Gum-bah dah-roo
Bidjara[Charleville Region, South-West Queensland] Budabai duru = good day Bood-ah-bye doo-roo
Bigambul [South-West Queensland] Weeimba gilee = good day (g'day) Wee-im-bar Gear-lee
Biri [Central Queensland] Budjeri gari = good day Budge-ah-ree gah-ree
Biri [Central Queensland] Yandanji = hello Yan-dan-gee
Biri-guba [Townsville region] Wudamuli = hello Wood-a-ma-lee
Biyay [Hinchinbrook Island, Far North Queensland] Mullee weeyee = good day Mull-lee wee-yee
Butchulla [Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast] Galangoor D'Buthbee = Good Morning Gull-a-ngoor dee-buth-bee
Darumbal [Rockhampton] Gudamulli = hello Good-a-ma-lee
Djabugay [Kuranda Range] Djirri nyurra = hello Ji-rii new-ra
Djirbal [Tully] Nginda nyangum = how are you? Ngin-da nya-ngum
Duungidjawi [Upper Brisbane Valley] Galang meng = good day Gull-un menn
Duungidjawi [Upper Brisbane Valley] Galang dulara = good morning Gull-un doo-lah-ra
Gambuwal [Inglewood, South-West Queensland] Winba duru = good d(g'day) Win-bar doo-roo
Gamilaraay/Kamilaroi [South-West Queensland] Gaba yaadha = good day (g'day) Gar-ba Yah-da
Gamilaraay/Kamilaroi [South-West Queensland] Yaama = hello Yah-ma
Gamilaraay/Kamilaroi [South-West Queensland] Yaamagara = hello [more respectful way to say hello, especially to Elders and other respected community members] Yah-ma-ga-ra
Gangulu [Duaringa, Central Queensland] Binbee karri = good day Bin-bi car-ree
Ganulu [Comet River, Central Queensland] Binbee kurri= good day Bin-bi curry
Garingbal [Peak Downs, Central Queensland] Binbee karri-yamba = good day Bin-bi carry-yum-ba
Gayiri [Nogoa River, Central Queensland] Binbee karri = good day Bin-bee car-ree
Giabel [Toowoomba South to Allora] Budgeree djanahn = good day Buj-a-ree ja-naan
Gidhabal [Warwick, Darling Downs] Bugal numgirr = good day (g'day) Boog-al numb-gear
Goreng Goreng [Bundaberg Region] Balka wittaberri = good day Bal-car wit-a-berry
Gowar [Moreton Island] Kooemba boodloonggun = Good day Koo-em-ba bood-loong-oon
Gubbi Gubbi [Sunshine Coast] Ngara = hello Nah-ra
Gudang [Tip of Cape York] Mita dju = good day Mit-a ju
Gudjal [Charters Towers, North Queensland] Nooda kurra = good day Noo-da kar-ra
Gunggari [Mitchell, South-West Queensland] Migany duru = good day Mee-gun doo-roo
Gunggari [Mitchell, South-West Queensland] Yowallah = hello Yow-a-la
Gunggari [Mitchell, South-West Queensland] Nganha yinda murdi = how are you? Ngoo-nha yin-da moorr-di
Gunya [Western Queensland] Mudga dhurdi = good day Mud-ga door-di
Guugu Yimithirr [Cooktown, Hope Vale] Wantharra Nyundu? = how are you? One-tharr-a (roll r) a  Nyoon(short)-doo
Guugu Yimithirr [Cooktown, Hope Vale] Ga-dii Wawu-wi = come inside Ga-dee wa-oo-wi
Guwamu [Western Queensland] Murga dhurdiu = good day Moor-ga door-di
Jandai [Stradbroke Island] Maroomba Biggee = good day Ma-rroom-ba big-i
Jarowair [Toowoomba north to Crow’s Nest] Gamba daru = good day Gum-ba da-roo
Kaanju [Coen] Meenee cumballagoo = good day Mi-ni cum-ba-la-goo
Kala Kawaw Ya [Western Torres Straits] Ngi midh = how are you? Ngi midh
Kala Lagaw Ya/Kala Kawaw Ya [Western Torres Straits] Sew ngapa = welcome Seh-ooh nga-pah
Kala Lagaw Ya/Kala Kawaw Ya [Western Torres Straits] Kapu Goiga = Good day Car-Poo Gur-gah
Kalili [Western Queensland] Dhali mura = good day Da-li mah-ra
Kalkadoon [Mount Isa, North-West Queensland] Kammanuroo kaamp = good day Kah-man-a-roo camp
Kukatj [Burketown, Gulf of Carpentaria] Manja mandja = good day Mun-ya mun-ja
Kuku Yalanji [Mossman, Wujal Wujal] Ngulkurr warngku = good day Nool-kore warn-koo
Kunkalanya [Far Western Queensland] Ulyarri walka = good day Ool-ya-ree wal-ka
Kuuk Thayorre [Pormpuraaw, Western Cape York] Wooy = hello I'm here Woy
Kuuk Thayorre [Pormpuraaw, Western Cape York] Min yoor = good day Min Yaw
Mandandanji [Roma District, Darling Downs] Galang genan = good day Gull-ung gen-un
Meriam Mir [Eastern Torres Straits] Maiem = hello Ma-i-yem
Mayi Thakurti [Cloncurry, North-West Queensland] Yathi winja = good day Yah-thee win-ya
Nguri [Maranoa River, South-West Queensland] Migunguri toonee = good day Mi-gun-oo-ri too-ni
Pitta Pitta [Boulia, Far Western Queensland] Myalli walka = good day My-al-lee wal-kah
Turrbal [Brisbane Northern Suburbs, Caboolture] Galang nguruindhau = good day (g'day) Ga-lung ngoo-rroo-win-dha-woo
Wakka Wakka [Burnett River] Galang ngunar = good day Gull-ung noo-nah
Wakka Wakka [Gayndah, North Burnett] Galangul allara = good day Gull-ung-ull al-a-ra
Wangkumarra [Western Queensland] Tharli mura = good day Tha-li mah-ra
Wik-mungkan [Western Cape York] Niiyalang = hello Nee-ya-lung
Wiri [Central Queensland] Bunyiba garibiri = good day Bun-yi-ba gar-i-beer-i
Wuli Wuli [Burnett River] Gamba dunba = good day Gum-ba doon-ba
Yandruwandha [Western Queensland] Patji dritji = good day Pat-ji drit-ji
Yangga [Gilbert River, North Queensland] Marbil kai = good day Mah-bill kye
Yilba [Cape River, North Queensland] Thurril adjila = good day Tha-rill add-jill-a
Yinangay [Longreach, Central-West Queensland] Dhuraburra karri = good day Doo-rah-ba-ri car-ri
Yirandali [Hughenden, North Queensland] Dharili kumba = good day Dah-ri-li koom-ba
Yugambeh [Logan, Gold Coast] Baugull nyungai = good day (g'day) Ba-oo-gool nyoong-a-i
Yugambeh [Logan, Gold Coast] Jingerri = Hello/greetings Jing-ga-rri
Yugambeh [Logan, Gold Coast] Jingiwalli wahlu = how are you? Jing-gi-wali wa-loo
Yugarabul [Brisbane Western Suburbs, Ipswich, Boonah] Gurumba bigi = good day (g'day) Goo-roo-mba big-i
Yugara [Brisbane] Gurumba bigi = good day (g'day) Goo-roo-mba big-i
Yuri [Mackay Region, Central Queensland] Binbee kurri = good day Bin-bi car-ri
Yuwaalaraay [South-West Queensland] Gaba yaadha = good day (g'day) Gar-ba Yah-da

Further details

For more information on Brisbane and South-East Queensland languages: Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre serves as the Indigenous Language Centre for Southern Queensland.

For more information on Central Queensland languages: Central Queensland Language Centre serves as the Indigenous Language Centre for Central and Central-Western Queensland.

For more information on North Queensland languages: North Queensland Regional Languages Centre serves as the Indigenous Language Centre for North Queensland.

For more information on Torres Strait Islander languages: Torres Strait Regional Authority aims to strengthen the economic, social and cultural development of the Torres Strait; there are plans to establish a Language Centre on Thursday Island.

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

Queensland Memory, State Library of Queensland
Stanley Place, South Brisbane QLD 4101
PO Box 3488, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Telephone: (07) 3840 7666
Fax: (07) 3842 9126

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