Lesson 10 – Language on Country (Animals)
There are many animals and insects living on Arabana country. This lesson has words and sentences for animals, snakes, reptiles, birds, fish and insects.
Check out these videos related to animals once you have finished this lesson:
Australian long-haired rat
fat-tailed dunnart (native mouse)
type of native mouse
Example sentences :
Kungarra puntyu ngurku tharnilhuku.
Kangaroo meat is good to eat.
kungarra means kangaroo, puntyu means meat, ngurku means good and tharni– means eat
Warrukathi kardi tharnili yulku.
Emus usually eat seeds.
warrukathi means emu, kardi means seeds, tharni– means eat and yulku means usually
Madla-yapa wangali-nga thudnhirnda.
Dingos howl at pre-dawn.
madla-yapa means dingo, wangali-nga means in the early morning and thudnhi– means howl
king brown snake, western brown
red bellied black snake, inland taipan
The king brown snake is poisonous.
kurkaṟi means king brown snake, yarirda means poison and the ending –purru means have
Be fearful of the red bellied black snake.
yurlkungangku means red bellied black snake, the ending –aku means of and thadlara-wanta means frightened
Carpet pythons are no more.
wadnangkani means carpet python and padniki means finished
Don’t see them anymore.
maltyaki means don’t and nhanhi– means see
NOTE: The carpet python is no longer seen on Arabana country, but they do live in other areas of Australia in reduced numbers.
Kapirri paru-paru malka-purru.
Goannas have yellow markings.
kapirri means goanna, paru-paru means yellow, malka means marks and the ending –purru means have
Anna Creek-inga yadla athu pirinthi nhanhika.
I saw a Perentie near Anna Creek.
pirinthi means perentie, the ending –nga means at, yadla means near, athu means I (erg.) and nhanhi– means see
Kalta nyilka-nyilka yukarnda.
The shingleback lizard moves slowly.
kalta means shingleback lizard, nyilka-nyilka means slowly and yuka– means go
Kadni padlyi-nga thangkarda.
The frill-necked lizard lives in flat, open spaces.
kadni means frill-necked lizard, padlyi means wide, flat, the ending –nga means in and thangka– means being, existing
white cockatoo, corella
wedge tailed eagle (black chest)
wedge tailed eagle (golden colouring)
mountain duck (slightly bigger than a black duck, very shy with white on its feathers)
a type of egret/crane
NOTE: the two kingfisher names parraka-thakali and parraka-ngarrili have really interesting meanings behind them. thaka– means ‘hit’ and refers to how the sacred kingfisher pecks out a nest for itself in the cliffs. ngarri- means ‘fly’ and refers to how the red-backed kingfisher is more often seen flying around over the flats rather than on the cliffs.
The corella is noisy.
kataṟangka means corella, irtya means noise and the ending –nhuka means a lot of
Karraṟawaṟa ararda-warra ngarrirnda.
The eagle is flying up very high.
karraṟawaṟa means eagle, ararda means high, the ending –warra means direction and ngarri– means fly
Thuwi-thuwi tyalpa anthunha widnhika.
The seagull stole my food.
thuwi-thuwi means seagull, tyalpa means food, anthunha means my and widnhi– means steal
Insects and Fish
fish (general), bony bream
dragonfly (one species)
dragonfly (one species)
Nguṟi-nguṟi nhuka Finniss-inga maṟutya-nga.
There are a lot of flies in Finniss Springs in the summer.
nguṟi-nguṟi means fly, nhuka means many, the ending –nga means in, maṟutya means summer
Kapirri thipa-thipa tharnirnda.
Goannas eat insects.
kapirri means goanna, thipa-thipa means insects and tharni– means eat