A collection of useful phrases in Yolngu, a Pama-Nyungan language spoken in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia.
|Phrase||Yolŋu Matha (Yolngu)|
|Hello (General greeting)||The concept of 'Hello' does not exist in Yolngu,
hence most use the English 'hello,' or 'hey'
|Hello (on phone)|
|How are you?||Nhämirri nhe?|
|Reply to 'How are you?'||Djulŋi ga'. Ga nhe?|
|Long time no see||Malk lambirri bäyŋu nhäma|
|What's your name?||Nhä nhenbal garrar?|
|My name is ...||Ŋarral garrar ...-puy|
|Where are you from?||Ŋalaŋuwuy nhe?|
|I'm from ...||Ŋarra ...-ŋuru|
|How old are you?||Nhämuny' dhuŋgarra nhe?|
|I'm ... years old||Ŋarra ... dhuŋgarra|
|Pleased to meet you||Makarr'yun gumurr'yun nhe|
|Good night||Makaḻ buḻaŋgitj|
|Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
|Have a nice day|
|Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
|Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
|I understand||Ŋarra dharaŋan|
|I don't understand||Ŋarra moma|
|I don't know||Ŋarra bambuma|
|Please speak more slowly|
|Please say that again|
|Please write it down|
|Do you speak English?||Ŋani nhe wäŋa Iŋglitj?|
|Do you speak Yolngu?||Ŋani nhe wäŋa Yolŋu Matha?|
|Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
|Speak to me in Yolngu||Waŋa nyäkuḻi Yolŋu Matha'ku|
|How do you say ... in Yolngu?||Nhäway nhe wäŋa Yolŋu Matha'ku?|
|How much is this?||Nhämuny' dhuwal?|
|Reply to thank you|
|Where's the toilet / bathroom?||Ŋala Toilit?|
|This gentleman will pay for everything||Dhay'yi gurrmul yurru bayam'bun warrpam'gu|
|This lady will pay for everything||Dhay'yi dhayka yurru bayam'bun warrpam'gu|
|Would you like to dance with me?||Ŋani nhe ŋäy burr'yun nyäkura?|
|I miss you||Ŋarra bäythirri nhuna|
|I love you||Ŋarra djäl nhuna|
|Get well soon||Ŋuwakurrugal galki|
|Go away!||Djuy' bala!|
|Leave me alone!||Gunha'yun ŋarra guŋnharra!|
|Call the police!||Wäthun ḏapman!|
|Christmas greetings||Kritjmatj yiŋgathirri ga dhuŋgarra dhawurruŋga yiŋgathirri|
|Easter greetings||Iitja yiŋgathirri|
|Birthday greetings||Djaḏaw' biḻkthun yiŋgathirri|
|One language is never enough||Waŋgany matha bäyŋu mitjpili-puy|
|My hovercraft is full of eels||Ŋarral hobakrat maranhirri dhurray'|
Phrases provided by Evan
Note: the phrases 'Good morning', 'Good afternoon', etc. are literal translations only and would generally not be used in conversation.
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