Wa­jarri lan­guage poem

Geraldton Guardian - - Opinion -

The fol­low­ing is a poem writ­ten by Leonie Bod­ding­ton for Kath­leen Haythorn­th­waite on be­half of the Bundi­yarra Irra Wangga Lan­guage Cen­tre, where she at­tended Wa­jarri lan­guage classes.

It is is writ­ten in Wa­jarri, with English trans­la­tion in­cluded.

Ngang­gurn­manha Kath Re­mem­ber­ing Kath Jurn­i­manha yalyba nganhu, mi­yarnuwimanha Wa­jarri wangga. We had lots of laughs learn­ing the Wa­jarri lan­guage War­rithar­ray­i­manha nyinda biga nganhu We was wor­ry­ing for you, cos you sick Ngang­gurn­manha myamba Kath Re­mem­ber­ing you al­ways Nyin­danha Nganju ngangu-ngangu­manha We been think­ing about you Ur­dama nhangaya Kath ding­gyiyu See you later Kath, and thank you Ngang­gurn­manha myamba Kath

Re­mem­ber­ing you al­ways

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