Mother Tongue: Koori

Tue 30 July 2019

Bujari gamarruwa means g’day in Koori! That’s one of the many, many Aboriginal languages spoken in Australia. In this episode, Nathan joins Sirine to share the sound of the bullroara and the meaning of the Aboriginal flag. 

Here are the Koori words you'll learn in this episode:

Bijari Gamaroowa - G’Day
Bullroara - A traditional Aboriginal instrument
Barralala - A traditional song from the Eora Nation which means Song of Sydney
Pipis - A yummy seafood snack
Nayi Ngyini MingaSee You all (how to say goodbye in Eora)
Yaki in Goori - See you when I’m looking at you

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This is what the Aboriginal flag looks like:

This is Nathan holding a bullroara instrument:

To make the sound, Nathan swung the string around so the wooden board flies through the air in a circular motion.

Learn the words to the Koori song you heard in this episode, Barralala :

Sing along in Koori:

Parabulā Paramā Manginiwā Yenbōngi
Parabulā Paramā Manginiwā Yenbōngi

Parabulā Paramā Manginiwā Yenbōngi

Parabulā Paramā Beriang galangdā
Toindinmā Manginiwā Yenbōngi

Did you know: Barralala is known as the Song of Sydney – the Eora nation. This was the first Aboriginal song ever to be heard outside Australia, and it introduced Sydney to the world!

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