Learning the Gomeroi Language

Yaama (Welcome, g’day, hello).

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At recent visit to camp, some Gomeroi teachers introduced participants to their spoken language. It is hard to convert a spoken language to a written one like native english speakers are used to, but here goes.
We were introduced to dhiibuungindandangayibadhaay which are several words rolled into one as the language is a flowing, rythmic language, unlike english.
Some of the things learned:
Dhiibuungindandangayibadhaay – would you like/do you like a cup of tea in the morning?
Wanagidjah – stop.
Yanaya – must go, bugger off
Burraybidigiirr – stinks, stinking, big fart
Warray-aabal-danha – all stand up
Walarr-milanda-walarr – shoulder to shoulder
Inarr – women
Gunyar – police
Guurraamalaabala
Marrii
Wanda
Ngiyani
Maalgirr
We all resist
Blackfellas
Whitefellas
All of us
United
You can learn more from the online dictionary.

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