Words   

  The Wodi Wodi language spoken from Wollongong to the Shoalhaven.

Be Aware: There were many sounds in the Aboriginal language that could not be written correctly phonetically.

The words below come from a number of sources and would only be an approximation of how they were pronounced.

NOUNS                                    Click here for Adverbs Verbs Pronouns  Sentences

                                                                           Traditions

Arm murrung
Bark kuninda
Boomerang wurangaing
Boy bunbari
Canoe yarnera,   mudyeri
Child kudjaguz
Chin wullu
Cloud kurru
Cockaroo (black) ngaoara
Cockatoo (white) yambaiimba
Dog mirigng
Ear kuri
Emu biribain
Eyes mobura,  mer
Fire kanbi
Fish dun
Foot dunna
Forehead ngulu
God Mirrirul
Ground murung
Hair jirra
Hand murramur
Head wollar
Honey suckle kurija
Hut kundi,   ngurra
Iguana gindaola
Kangaroo burru
Knee ngumrnu
Kookaburra kukara
Leg (calf) nurri
Little child murra kainggun
Lizard (small) dillung
Moon tedjung
Mouth kommi
Nails birringul,  birnung
Nose muggur
Old Man bungun
Opossum kuraora
Padymelon buluwa
Pelican kurunguba
Pigeon wongawonga
Pigeon (top-knot) guralga
Rain bunna,  yewi
Road yo-wung
Sea ngurrowun,  kaiun
Shoulder kogo
Sirius kurumul
Sky mirir
Smoke kurunggurig
Snake (black) mundar
Snake (Brown) gubatang
Snake (death adder) mujuwich
Snake (diamond) mokka
Spear maiagung
Spear (for fishing) kullar
Spirit or ghost guun
Stars jinjinuurung
Sun bukurung,   wurri
teeth irra
Thigh turra
Throat kuru
Tongue tallun
Tree kundi
Tree (Forest Oak) wiralung
Tree (Iron Bark) barima
Tree (Swamp Oak) mumbara
Tree (Tea tree) banban
Venus burara
Water ngaitngung
white man jirungalun
Young Man yurung,   banglung
Young woman yiawiung

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Adverbs

good

bad

large

small

alive

dead

awake

asleep

one

two

three

four

five

six

seven

White

black

blue

red

green

grey

hot

cold

 

 

nukkung

bullin

kaiyung

muruwailung, murragun

murungulla

bulier

baitba

nunggun

mittung

bular

wowulli

bularbular

bularbular bo mittung

wowulli bo wowulli

wowulli bo wowulli mittung

taoerung

ngundur ?

nugndur ?

wurunguring

nurinngurung

yerungurung

bukuring

maung

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Verbs

speak

beat

leave off

lift up

jump up

sing

run

make run

go down

throw down

lie down

 

kamung

bulmugan

nawalinna

kaitbaya

bairba

yuzgamung

jowu

jomunja

irriba

yerrer

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Pronouns

I

We

You

He

That one

naiagun

nilgun

ngindingung

dulla

naiadulla               Back to Top

 

Sentences

Sit down quietly

Yes

No

Here

Take them

Go and Play

Come here

don't fight, play quietly

Go away

Let us go

I like you

I am glad

I am sorry

Give me a drink

Give me some food

I hate you

I will tell you the truth

He will come soon

He stayed a long time

dnullari jungiri

Nge

naiyung

yai

mundanaia

yunda warngiri

yai yunmalung

junbunya warngri

yundanaia warityuing

nilgung

gullenmigun

muiye nge

ngurrumbainge

wundumaia

dunmun dieri

kunnundigui,  wirrunmigun

ngutbai egu

yunula nulimun

dunung              Back to Top

 

 

Some words from 

 - Australian Languages and Traditions

- Lizzie, a half caste, whose mother was a Shoalhaven

- and other sources in the Pilot's Cottage

 

Traditions

 

They say that "Mirrirul" made all things. Their old men have told them that there is beyond death, a large tree, on which Mirrirul stands to receive them when they die. The good he takes up to the sky, the bad he sends to another place to be punished.

 

Lizie's mother's sister ( full blood aboriginal ) was once in a trance for three days. At the end of that time her brother or husband let off a gun; on which she awoke out of a trance. She then told them that she had seen a long path, with fire on both sides of it. At the end of the path stood her father and mother waiting for her. As she went on they said to her "Mary Ann, what brought you here?"  she said. "I don't know, I was dead." Her mother said to her, "you go back." She saw it all quite plain.