Yaadha Gunidjarr-gu (Mothers' Day)

  • Gunii – Mum (pronounced with stress on ‘ii’
  • gunidjarr – mother

It’s quite important to try and pronounce the ‘rr’ at the end of the word, because there is another word gunidjaa which means ‘orphan’ – this is probably from gunidjarr-dhalibaa, ‘mother-without’. People who find it difficult to say the rolled ‘rr’ might find it useful to start by saying ‘d’ softly.

NB There is also another word guni ‘native bee’ (prounced with stress on ‘gu’, but it is not known if this is a related word.

Other words which may be useful:

  • Badhii ‘Nan’. Or if you wish to differentiate, Badhii ‘Nan - mother’s mother’ and Mamaay ‘Nan - father’s mother’.
  • walgan ‘aunty’

Please see the dictionary for other words, and details about these words.


Download a pdf file here: Mum.pdf


With artwork by Dawnie, for children to add their own pictures.

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Yaadha Gunidjarr-gu

Yaadha - day (from yaraay 'sun')
Gunidjarr - mother
-gu - of
gayaa - happy, proud

Download pdf file here: Gunii-gu-Yaadha-Gayaa_2020.pdf