In this lesson we will be learning some Arabana words to talk about family.
There are lots of words for family in Arabana, so in this lesson we will learn only some of them. More words for family will be learnt in future lessons. At the end of the lesson we will use these new words in sentences and practice talking about ourselves and our families.
Words for family
NOTE: Grandmother may also be called pilya or pilya-pilya by her grandsons.
NOTE: Ngawilyi can be pronounced as ngawilya by some speakers of Arabana.
Talking about yourself and your family
If you want to let people know that you are an Arabana person, you can say the following.
Here are some words that you can use when introducing yourself.
NOTE: Udlyurla can also be said as ulyurla.
Some practice sentences
You can practice using words for your family at home. Here is a sentence to get someone to come quickly.
Kakuai is kaku ‘sister’ said with an excited tone. Kalka means ‘quickly’, anari means ‘this way’, and yuka means ‘come’ (yuka can also mean ‘go’ in other sentences).
This sentence can be said to introduce someone.
Anthunha means ‘my’ as in ‘my girlfriend’, pidla means ‘name’ and –nha is used at the end of ‘Julia’ to show that it is a name.
These two questions could be used when you are at a family gathering and want to know who people are and how they are related.
Wara means ‘who’, awarda means ‘there’ and ankunha means ‘your’.
Here is one way to answer the question above.
Anthunha means ‘my’ and awarda means ‘there’.
When talking about your family, you might like to mention how many family members you have. Here are the numbers in Arabana.
Here is how you would tell someone how many younger siblings you have.
This sentence can be said by an adult to mean that they have a lot of children, grandchildren and other family.
wardu-wathili means ‘own children’ and means that the speaker is talking about the children in their family, not just any children. nhuka means ‘many’ and –purru means ‘have’.
The following conversation might occur when you are talking with someone about a relative.
Ankunha means ‘your’. Parra-parra means ‘tall’. Anthunha means ‘my’, piri-piri means ‘short’. Arayi means ‘yes’, padni means ‘no’.
Here is a sentence to describe a family member’s appearance.
Anthunha means ‘my’ as in ‘my child’. Wiri means ‘hair’, –arla means ‘really, very’, miltyaardi means ‘eyes’.
Here are the Arabana colours. See if you can use these when describing yourself and your family members.
Here are a couple of ways to say ‘deadly’ in Arabana. Try to use these words as part of your conversation about family.
This word is used when someone has done something really well.
This word is used when someone is looking really great (maybe they have new clothes or a nice haircut).
Once you have finished this lesson, write a few short sentences about yourself and your family based on these examples.