Saying hello in Indigenous Australia Languages


Saying hello in Indigenous languages is a small but significant act of reconciliation. This video and language poster were inspired by the State Library of Queensland’s Say G’day in an Indigenous language article and the 2019 U.N. Year of Indigenous Languages. The resources are designed to inspire others, including early childhood educators, to learn greeting words in first languages.  Embedding language greetings into everyday practice could be an action for your early learning service’s Reconciliation Action Plan.

In the video, individuals across the country share how to greet others in 7 different Indigenous Australian languages. Featuring first language speakers as well as people who have connected with community to learn language, viewers will learn the names and geographic locations of different lands and greeting words from adults and children. The language poster can be printed and displayed, or edited to add the greeting words of the land that you are on.

Video: Saying hello in Indigenous Australian Languages

Poster: Saying hello in Indigenous Australian Languages

Saying Hello poster image

Resources to assist learning how to say hello in Indigenous Languages

Preserving Indigenous languages – ECA Spoke post

While old Indigenous languages disappear, new ones evolve – ECA Spoke post

First Languages Australia

Borobi – Indigenous Languages Champion – Yugambeh Museum

50 words project