Djidbidjidbi barri-kerrnge kabarri-borlbme

Djidbidjidbi Kurrambalk barri-kerrnge kabarri-borlbme

New staff at Djidbidjidbi Residential College do cross-cultural training

Djidbidjidbi Kurrambalk kure Jabiru barri-kerrnge nawu kabarri-durrkmirri barri-wam training-ken. Barri-borlbmeng Bininj an-karre dja Bininj Kunwok yiman ka-yime Kundjeyhmi dja Kunwinjku.

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 Kundjeyhmi and Kunwinjku language.

Arri-borlbmeng kun-wok wurdurd-ken bu arri-djarrkdurrkmirri:

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

 

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

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

 

Karri-djarrkngun— an-me an-mak karri-murrngrayekmen.

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

karri-djarrkngun anme anmak

 

 

 

Some other phrases for youth workers to learn include:

 

Yim-ray

Come here!

yim-ray

Ngunem-ray

Two of you, come here

ngunem-ray

Ngurrim-ray

All of you, come here!

ngurrim-ray

Yi-ray

Go away (to 1 person).

yi-ray

Ngune-ray

Go away (you 2)

ngune-ray

Ngurri-ray

Go away (you all, 3+)

ngurri-ray

Ma wurdurd, an-me karri-ngun.

OK children, time to eat.

ma wurdurd an-me karri-ngun

Ngurri-biddjirridjburren.

Wash your hands (said to 3+).

ngurri-biddjirridjburren

Korrogo yi-biddjirridjburrinj?

Have you (1) washed your hands?

korroko yibiddjirridjburrinj

Korroko? ma!

Already? OK then!

korroko ma

Yi-yerrka!

Sit down (1).

yiyerrka

Ngune-yerrka!

You 2 sit down!

nguneyerrka

Ngurri-yerrga!

You all sit down!

ngurri-yerrka

Plate yi-djirridjburrimen!

Wash the plates!

plate yidjirridjburrimen

Bolkkime na-ngale ka-djirridjbun plate?

Who is doing the washing up today?

bolkkime nangale kadjirridjbun 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 baw!

Hey kids, be quiet!

wurdurd baw

An-kudji yi-djare?

Would you like another one?

an-kudji 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-ray karri-wokdi.

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

ma wurdurd ngurrimray karriwokdi

Wurdurd baw, ngurri-yun!

Hey kids, quiet, go to sleep!

wurdurd baw ngurri-yun

Yawurrinj, ka-mak?

Hey boys, everything OK?

yawurrinj ka-mak

Yawkyawk, bale ngurri-re?

You girls, where are you going?

yawkyawk bale ngurri-re

Bale yi-re?

Where are you (1) going?

bale yi-re?

Al-kodjok baleh wam?

Where has Al-kodjok gone?

alkodjok baleh wam

Al-kodok baleh kah-di?

Where is Al-kodjok?

alkodjok baleh kahdi

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

He/she is playing outside.

ka-dirri kuberrk

Ngale kah-di.

There she is!

ngaleh kah-di

Nanih kah-di (close distance)

Here he is!

nanih kah-di

Nabe kah-di.

He's just over there.

nabe kahdi

Korrogo ngurri-yidmedjirridjburrinj?

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

Have you brushed your teeth?

korroko ngurri-yidmedjirridjburrinj

Yi-re yi-yidmedjirridjburrimen.

(yi-yidme-djirridj-burri-men)

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

yire yi-yidmedjirridjburrimen

Yim-ray, arr-wokdi.

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

yimray 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 kandi-bekka!

Children, listen to me!

wurdurd kandibekka

Yun kun-warre yi-wokdi!

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

yun kun-warre yi-wokdi

 

Bonj

That is all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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