Yugara everyday words

Yugara is the name of one of the Aboriginal languages spoken in the Brisbane area west to Ipswich and the Lockyer Valley. The language was spoken and understood by Aboriginal groups in the Greater Brisbane area, including neighbouring groups of Turubul, Yugambeh and Yugarabul.

As Aboriginal languages were oral-based, the spelling of Yugara and Yugara language may differ in historical documents and other sources; for example Yugara is the AIATSIS preferred spelling however other spellings include Yuggera, Jagara, Yagara, Yaggara, etc.

The following list identifies Yugara everyday words and their suggested pronunciation. Some of these words may still be used in South-East Queensland communities.

Note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages are oral languages that have only been written 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.

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 the back of the 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 the back of the teeth.

'ny' is one sound in Aboriginal languages - 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’.

Download Yuggera everyday words  (PDF 234.6 KB)

English Yugara Pronunciation
Boy Gibarr Gi-bah
Child Molum Mow-lum
Creek/River Warril Wor-rill
Ear Binung Bin-ung
Echidna Kaggur Kag-goor
Emu Ngurun Ngoo-run
Eye Mil Meel
Father Babun Bar-boon
Foot Dinna Din-nah
Friend Yuingin You-in-gin
Girl Yurumkin Yar-um-kin
Grandfather Yuguinpin You-gwin-pin
Grandmother Barbang Bah-bung
Ground Dhagun Dhar-gun
Hand Marra Mah-rah
Head Gahm Garm
Kangaroo Murri Mur-ree
Man Dhan Darn
Moon Gillen Gill-un
Mother Budang Boo-dung
Mountain Bibu Bib-oo
Rain Gadam Gud-um
Stars Mirrigin Meer-ee-gin
Stone Mudlo Mud-low
Sun Bigi Big-gi
Wind Buran Boo-ran
Woman Dhungal Dhun-gal

Further details

For more information on Yugara: 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.
Telephone: (07) 3842 9836 Fax: (07) 3842 9893

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