Words for family
Words for people
Moving on from words directly related to the family, lets have a look at some words and sentences that talk about people in more general terms.
Talking about family and people
Let’s ask some questions to find out who people are and how they are related to others.
You might ask, Unkunha nhupa?. Unkunha means your and nhupa means partner.
Minha pidla unkunha nhupa? means What is your partner’s name? Minha means what, pidla means name, unkunha means your, and nhupa means partner
You might ask someone Is that your child? by saying Unkunha arlaluwa?. Unkunha means your and arlaluwa means child.
To ask what someone’s child’s name is you would say Minha pidla unkunha arlaluwa? Minha means what, pidla means name, unkunha means your and arlaluwa means child.
They might answer Antha arlaluwa Bill-anha. Antha means I, arlaluwa means child and -anha is added to the end of the name to show that it is a name.
NOTE: If someone’s name ends in a vowel sounds, then the ending -nha is used. For example, Sue-nha. If their name ends in a non-vowel sound, then use -anha. For example, Bob-anha.
To ask who someone is you would say Wara uka? Wara means who and uka means he/she/it.
To answer you might say Uka anthunha ama. Uka means she, he, it, anthunha means my and ama means mum.