Tuesday 8 October
In today's class we started with conversation practice. Listened to pronunciation and then repeated and tried out the conversations in the group:
Person A: Ngurrju mayi-npa? - How are you?
Person B: Yuwayi, ngurrjurna - Yes, I'm well.
Person A: Ngurrju-mayinpa? - How are you?
Person B: Lawa, majurna - No I'm not feeling good
Person A: Wiyarrpa - Poor thing
Person A: Nyurru mayi? - Ready?/Done?
Person B: Yuwayi, nyurru - Yes, ready/done
We also re-capped : Matarna - I'm tired
Next we introduced new verbs, and applied them in sentences using I, you, he/she/it and we:
Nyinami ka/karna/kanpa - She/I/you are sitting
Karrimi ka/karna/kanpa - She/I/you are standing
Ngunami ka/karna/kanpa - She/I/you are lying down
Yani ka/karna/kanpa - She/I/you are going
Wangkami ka/karna/kanpa - She/I/you are talking
Juyurl-wantimi ka/karna/kanpa - She/I/you are swimming
Manyu-karrimi ka/karna/kanpa - She/I/you are playing
Pakarni ka/karna/kanpa -She/I/you are hitting
Luwarni ka/karna/kanpa -She/I/you are shooting
Ngaju karna ....[verb] - I am ....[verb]
Nyuntu kanpa ......[verb] - You are ....[verb]
[person/thing] ka .....[verb] - He/she/it is ....[verb]
Ngalipa karlipa .....[verb] - We are all ....[verb]
We read the book Kurdu-kurlu and worked out the meaning of the story using what we'd learned. Then we adapted the sentences in the book to from he/she/it to other pronouns, to check we understood the sentence construction.
Kurdu ka nyinami. Ngunami ka kurdu. Karrimi ka kurdu watiyarla. Kurdungku ka ngarni ngapa. Kurdu ka yukami yawulyurla. Ngarni ka kurdungku miyi.
The child is sitting. The child is lying down. The child is standing on the tree. The child is drinking water. The child is getting painted for ceremony. The child is eating bush tucker.
We finished with a sing-song of Marlu Witalpa Nyinaja.