Bidawal: Tharra and Googar
Tharra and Googar don’t like each other.
Tharra ngang Googar, Googar moonyuup munjari a medicine plant. Googar moonyuup buundani Tharra.
That is why Tharra and Googar don’t like each other.
The Goanna and the Snake
The goanna and the snake don’t like each other. If Tharra bites Googar, then Googar will go and eat a medicine plant. Googar then comes back and kills Tharra.
That is why Tharra and Googar don’t like each other
This story was told by Bevan Harrison at a language camp in Mallacoota April 2011
Bidawal word list
Sounds of Bidawal
a as in car
oo as in blue
uu as in foot
u as in hut
th as in three
g as in goat
j as in jump
ny as in onion
ng as in sing
n as in not
dj, dy, t or d these sounds are made by making a ‘t‘ or ‘d‘ sound with the middle of the tongue on the roof of the mouth
This spelling and sound chart was developed at the Bidawal Language Camp in Mallacoota 2011. It is a preliminary chart for use in this book. Further community development of a definitive spelling and sound system by the community is an ongoing process.