Nyinta is the Arabana word used for plants in general, including bushes and trees. There are also names for each plant found on Arabana country.
Let’s learn some of the plant names in Arabana, and practice some sentences using these new words. Don’t forget to listen to the accompanying recordings to help with your pronunciation.
Give the find-a-word a go once you have finished the lesson to see how many plant names you can remember! Download find-a-word.
Here are some plant names to practise saying aloud.
Tyalpa is a general term for food from plants, but there is also a whole heap of other food that grows on trees, plants and bushes.
Here are a few other useful words relating to nyinta!
Sometimes names of places reflect the nyinta and tyalpa of that place. Here are some key placenames:
Here are some practise sentences containing the words we've learnt.
This gum tree is very tall.
Nhiki means 'this', para-para means 'tall' and -arla means 'really/very'.
The gum from the Acacia tree is very good (to eat).
Ngurku means 'good' and -arlai means 'really/very'.
There are many grubs in this box tree.
Nhuka means ‘many’, the ending –nga means ‘in’ and thangkarda literally means ‘sitting’, but is used in this sentence to mean ‘are’.
We are 'cleaning' grass seeds to eat.
Arnanthara means ‘we’, ngurku-marnda means ‘make good/clean’ and tharnilhuku means ‘eat’.
Mum is going to dig some wild onions.
Lhuka means ‘mum’, yukarnda means ‘going’ and pakalhuku means ‘dig’find-a-word and to see how many plant names you can remember.