This guide will cover basic greetings, leave takings and questions and answers. Anything highlighted is a word in Arabana. Click the play next to each example to hear the sentence being said in Arabana.

A common greeting that can be used is Arru!, this translates to Hello!

Hello there!
Arru

When meeting and greeting people you may be interested in who someone is. This is asked in a question such as waRa anpa? WaRa meaning who and anpa meaning you.

Who are you?
WaRa anpa?

A common response for this is antha Laurie–nha. Antha meaning I, Laurie being your name and –nha being a ***** suffix.

I am Laurie.
Antha Laurie-nha.

If you were to ask where someone is from you may ask intyarra-nganha anpa? Intyarra meaning where –nganha meaning from and anpa meaning you.

Where are you from?
Intyarra-nganha anpa?

A response to this might be antha Marree-nganha. Antha meaning I, Marree being the place you are from and –nganha meaning from.

I'm from Marree.
Antha Marree-nganha.

Another response to the question of where are you from might be antha nhikirnda-nganha. Antha meaning I, nhikirnda meaning here and –nghanha meaning –from.

I'm from here.
Antha nhikirnda-nganha.

A common question you might ask someone is anpa ngurku? Anpa meaning you and ngurku meaning well.

Are you well?
Anpa ngurku?

A response to this might be arayi, antha ngurku, yes I'm well. Arayi meaning yes, antha meaning I and ngurku meaning well.

Yes, I'm well.
Arayi, antha ngurku.

If you’re not feeling well you might answer, maltya antha ngurku. Maltya meaning not, antha meaning I and ngurku meaning well.

I'm not well.
Maltya antha ngurku.

A different response might be antha walki-walkirnda. This means I’m a bit crook. Antha meaning I and walki-walkirnda meaning sick-sick.

I'm a bit crook.
Antha walki-walkirnda.

If you were tired you might reply, antha ngantharanta. Antha meaning I and ngantharanta meaning (getting) tired.

I'm (getting) tired.
Antha ngantharanta.

If you were cold you might answer, antha madlirinda. Antha meaning I and madlirinda meaning (getting) cold.

I'm (getting) cold.
Antha madlirinda.

Another response might be maRutra-tharkarnda. This means I’m hot. MaRutya meaning standing and tharkarnda meaning hot. This response combines the words hot and standing together.

I'm hot.
MaRutya-tharkarnda.

If you were hungry you might reply, antha wathlampu. Antha meaning I and wathlampu meaning hungry.

I'm hungry.
Antha wahtlampu.

Likewise if you were thirsty you might reply, antha yankathara-wanta. Antha meaning I, yankathara meaning thirsty and -wanta meaning feel.

I'm thirsty.
Antha yankathara-wanta.

If you were to ask what someone is up to you might ask minha-thirnda anpa? Minha meaning what and anpa meaning you.

What are you up to?
Minha-thirnda anpa?

A common response might be, antha tyalpa tharnirnda, this means I’m eating food. Antha meaning I, tyalpa meaning food and tharnirnda meaning eating.

I'm eating food.
Antha tyalpa tharnirnda.

Another answer might be antha wadni wangkarda, I’m singing (a song).

I'm singing (a song).
Antha wadni wangkarda.

A common question you might ask is what do you want? Minha anpa wayarnda? Minha meaning what, anpa meaning you and wayarnda meaning want.

What do you want?
Minda anpa wayarnda?

If you want some food you might say antha tyalpa wayarnda. Antha meaning I, tyalpa meaning food and wayarnda meaning want.

I want some food.
Antha tyalpa wayarnda.

Likewise, if you want some water you might say antha kutha wayarnda. Antha meaning I, kutha meaning water and wayarnda meaning want.

I want some water
Antha kutha wayarnda.

If you were going to ask someone what they want to eat you might say minha anpa tharnilhuku wayarnda? Minha meaning what, anpa meaning you, tharnilhuku meaning eat and wayarnda meaning want.

What do you want to eat?
Minha anpa tharnilhuku wayarnda?

If you want to eat green vegetables and meat you might say antha tyalpa ngadiyuru wayarnda, puntyu nyudu. Antha meaning I, tyalpa meaning want, ngadiyuru meaning green, wayarnda meaning vegetables, puntyu meaning meat and nyudu meaning also.

I want to eat green vegetables and meat.
Antha tyalpa ngadiyuru wayarnda, puntyu nyudu.

To ask someone where they are going you would ask intyarra yukarnda? Intyarra meaning where and yukarnda meaning going.

Whare are you going?
Intyarra yukarnda?

An answer to where are you going might be antha ngura-ruku thikarnda. Antha meaning I, ngura-ruku meaning home-to and thikarnda meaning return.

I am returning home.
Antha ngura-ruku thikarnda

If you were going to the toilet you might answer with antha punga-pungaruku yukarnda. Antha meaning I, punga-pungaruku meaning toilet and yukarnda meaning going.

I am going to the toilet.
Antha punga-pungaruku yukarnda.

If you were going to stay you might say antha thangkarda. Antha meaning I and thangkarda meaning staying.

I am staying (here).
Antha thangkarda.

If you wanted to say see you tomorrow you might say wangara nghanhi! Wangara meaning tomorrow and nhanhi meaning see.

See you tomorrow!
Wangara nhanhi!

Likewise, if you wanted to say I’ll see you soon you would say athu unanha anti nghanhi. Athu meaning I, unanha meaning will, anti meaning soon and nhanhi meaning see.

I'll see you soon!
Athu unanha anti nhanhi!

If you are leaving, you might say antha yukarnda. Antha meaning I and yukarnda meaning going.

I am going.
Antha yukarnda.

To say let’s go you would say yukapi. Yukapi means let’s go.

Let's Go.
Yukapi.

Hopefully you've got through all the greetings, leave takings and questions and answers! To finish off, Yuta-ki means all done!

All done!
Yuta-ki