Djidbidjidbi Gurrambalk barri-gerrnge gabarri-borlbme

New staff at Djidbidjidbi Residential College do cross-cultural training

Djidbidjidbi Gurrambalk gure Jabiru barri-gerrnge nawu gabarri-durrkmirri barri-wam training-gen. Barri-borlbmeng Bininj an-garre dja Bininj Gunwok yiman ga-yime Gundjeihmi dja Gunwinjgu.

New staff at Djidbidjidbi Residential College and some existing Gundjeihmi Aboriginal Corporation staff in Jabiru went to do some training at the college recently. They have been learning about Bininj culture and learning some Gundjeihmi and Kunwinjku language.

Arri-borlbmeng gun-wok wurdurd-gen bu arri-djarrkdurrkmirri:

We learnt some phrases for when we are working with the students:

 

Bu wolewoleh arri-djarrkngun an-me, arri-djarrkyime gun-wok.

Each evening when we eat together, we always say this together:

 

Garri-djarrkngun— an-me an-mak garri-murrngrayekmen.

We are all eating together— good food makes us healthy.

garri-djarrkngun anme anmak


 

Some other phrases for youth workers to learn include:


Yim-rai

Come here!

yim-rai

Ngunem-rai

Two of you, come here

ngunem-rai

Ngurrim-rai

All of you, come here!

ngurrim-rai

Yi-rai

Go away (to 1 person).

yi-rai

Ngune-rai

Go away (you 2)

ngune-rai

Ngurri-rai

Go away (you all, 3+)

ngurri-rai

Ma wurdurd, an-me garri-ngun.

OK children, time to eat.

ma wurdurd an-me garri-ngun

Ngurri-biddjirridjburren.

Wash your hands (said to 3+).

ngurri-biddjirridjburren

Gorrogo yi-biddjirridjburrinj?

Have you (1) washed your hands?

gorrogo yibiddjirridjburrinj

Gorrogo? ma!

Already? OK then!

gorrogo ma

Yi-yerrga!

Sit down (1).

yiyerrga

Ngune-yerrga!

You 2 sit down!

nguneyerrga

Ngurri-yerrga!

You all sit down!

ngurri-yerrga

Plate yi-djirridjburrimen!

Wash the plates!

plate yidjirridjburrimen

Bolkkime na-ngale ga-djirridjbun plate?

Who is doing the washing up today?

bolkkime nangale gadjirridjbun plate

Bale yi-yime?

What are you doing?

bale yiyime

Bale ngune-yime?

What are you two doing?

bale ngune-yime

Bale ngurri-yime?

What are you all doing?

bale ngurri-yime

Wurdurd bau!

Hey kids, be quiet!

wurdurd bau

An-gudji yi-djare?

Would you like another one?

an-gudji yi-djare

Yi-worrkminj?

Are you full up (food)?

yi-worrkminj

Ngune-worrkminj?

Are the two of you full up (food)?

ngune-worrkminj

Ngurri-worrkminj?

Are you all (3+) full up (food)?

ngurri-worrkminj

Ma wurdurd ngurrim-rai garri-wokdi.

OK kids, come here and let's have a talk/meeting!

ma wurdurd ngurrimrai garriwokdi

Wurdurd bau, ngurri-yun!

Hey kids, quiet, go to sleep!

wurdurd bau ngurri-yun

Yawurrinj, ga-mak?

Hey boys, everything OK?

yawurrinj ga-mak

Yaukyauk, bale ngurri-re?

You girls, where are you going?

yaukyauk bale ngurri-re

Bale yi-re?

Where are you (1) going?

bale yi-re?

Al-godjok baleh wam?

Where has Al-godjok gone?

algodjok baleh wam

Al-godok baleh gah-di?

Where is Al-godjok?

algodjok baleh gahdi

Ga-dirri guberrk. (the 'd' changes to 'rr' between vowels, so it is actually ga-rrirri)

He/she is playing outside.

ga-dirri guberrk

Ngale gah-di.

There she is!

ngaleh gah-di

Nanih gah-di (close distance)

Here he is!

nanih gah-di

Nabe gah-di.

He's just over there.

nabe gahdi

Gorrogo ngurri-yidmedjirridjburrinj?

(ngurri- 'you all'-yidme 'teeth'-djirridjbu 'wash' -rren 'yourself')

Have you brushed your teeth?

gorrogo ngurri-yidmedjirridjburrinj

Yi-re yi-yidmedjirridjburrimen.

(yi-yidme-djirridj-burri-men)

Go and brush your teeth! (said to 1 person)

yire yi-yidmedjirridjburrimen

Yim-rai, arr-wokdi.

Come here (1 person), let's talk.

yimrai arr-wokdi

Yi-dangbalhmen. (addressing 1 person)

Close the door! (You can just say yi-balhmen to mean 'close it'  for anything, window, box etc)

yirrangbalhmen

Yi-dangmarrhma!

Open the door!

yi-rrangmarrhma

Wurdurd gandi-bekka!

Children, listen to me!

wurdurd gandibekka

Yun gun-warre yi-wokdi!

Don't say nasty/obscene things/don't swear! (gun-warre means 'bad speech, bad things')

yun gun-warre yi-wokdi

 

Bonj

That is all.



























 

 

 

 

 

 

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