Yugambeh everyday words

The Yugambeh 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. The following list identifies a selection of everyday words 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 as back of teeth.

'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.

'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'.

Download Yugambeh everyday words  (PDF 249.9 KB)

EnglishYugambehPronunciation
Boy Molumm Moh-lum
Child Jarjum Jar-jum
Creek/River Ballun-ballun Bah-lun-bah-lun
Ear Binung Bin-ung
Echidna Buneen Boon-een
Emu Murun Moo-run
Eye Mi Mee
Father Biung Bee-oong
Foot Jinung Jin-ung
Friend Jimbelung Jim-beh-lung
Girl Yahgurrie Yah-gur-ee
Grandfather Nyajung Nah-jung
Grandmother Barbun Bah-boon
Ground Jhagun Jar-gun
Hand Dunngunn Dun-ngun
Head Ba-ul Bow-il
Kangaroo Muni Mun-ee
Man Maubin My-bin
Moon Gibumm Gib-oom
Mother Waijung Why-jing
Mountain Borrol Bow-roll
Rain Gwong Gwong [rhymes with song]
Stars Goromgunn Goh-rum-goon
Stone Darrau Dah-raw
Sun Nyunga Noong-ah
Wind Yarga Yah-ga
Woman Talgunn Tal-goon

Learn more about Yugambeh!

Listen to the National Anthem sung in Yugambeh language

Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre

Yugambeh Museum, Language and Heritage Research Centre serves as the Indigenous Language Centre for Southern Queensland. The centre has developed resources for the Yugambeh language, including a Yugambeh Language App that can be downloaded onto your computer, Android or iPhone/iPad.

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.
Telephone: (07) 3842 9836            Fax:   (07) 3842 9893

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