Ngurrju mayinpa - Hello in Warlpiri

  • Ngurrju mayinpa is a common greeting in Warlpiri. We present to you some interesting information about the Warlpiri language, the Warlpiri people, and the Northern Territory.

    In case you are one of them who speak Warlpiri and/ or are from the Northern Territory and wish to report inconsistencies, please reply to this topic.

    The Warlpiri language is spoken by about 3,000 of the Warlpiri people in Australia's Northern Territory. It is one of the Ngarrkic languages of the large Pama–Nyungan family and is one of the largest Aboriginal languages in Australia in terms of the number of speakers.

    Here are some interesting facts about the Warlpiri language and Australia's Northern Territory,

    Warlpiri has no official status in Australia. The language is an endangered one.

    In some Warlpiri communities, children and young adults use Light Warlpiri, a variety of speech that combines elements of Warlpiri, Australian Aboriginal Kriol (an English-based creole), and Australian English.

    Warlpiri has several dialects identified by their geographical locale within the Warlpiri-speaking area, such as Yuendumu, Willowra, Hanson, and Lajanamu.

    The main Warlpiri speaking communities are Yuendumu (Yurntumu), Lajamanu, Nyirrpi, and Willowra (Wirliyajarrayi), with speakers also, in Tennant Creek, Katherine, Alekarenge, Ti Tree, and Alice Springs. Art.jpg
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    Warlpiri people are known in wider Australia as being remarkable football players, as well as for their production of pretty vibrant and fabulous acrylic paintings. The significant thing about these drawings is that a number of these men, and some women, took to the opportunity of drawing with great gusto and great creativity. The drawings become, if you like, a very precious time capsule for us to look back on what was going on in that place at that time, and to just get some glimpses of what people were seeing with their own eyes, what they were thinking about and what they cared about. The drawings were nominated and accepted onto the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.

    The top five spoken languages (other than English) in the Northern Territory are Kriol, Djambarrpuyngu, Greek, Tagalog, and Warlpiri. Finke River.jpg
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    The Northern Territory’s Finke River is the oldest river system in the world, with parts possibly dating as far back as 340 million years. Uluru.jpg
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    Uluru (Ayers Rock) has been around for millions of years and stands about 348 meters high. Interestingly, it is thought that the bulk of the rock is underground, extending down 2.5 kilometers. Kings Canyon.jpg
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    The Northern Territory always stands apart from rest of the Australia with its sheer beauty and sacred aboriginal sites. Here are some impressive tourist spots that a traveler can visit Kakadu National Park, Darwin Harbour, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Kings Canyon, Mindil Beach Markets, Litchfield National Park, Katherine Gorge.

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    In Northern Territory, from indigenous bush foods to freshly caught seafood, the best meals are often served at pubs, markets, and bakeries. Some must-have dishes are Barramundi, Quandong, Kakadu Plum, Mud Crab, Crocodile meat, Laksa, Devonshire Tea, Meat Pie.

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    Here are some happening festivals of Northern Territory that travelers can take part in, Darwin International Film Festival, Garma Festival, Darwin Festival, Freedom Day Festival, Red CentreNATS, Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta.

    Hope you like it, if you know any other fascinating facts about the Walpiri language and Northern Territory, let us all know!