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Many place names in use today are derived from Taungurung language. Benalla comes from Benalta – meaning big waterhole. Delatite comes from Delotite – wife of Beeolite, head of the Yowung-Illam-Balug clan. Murrindindi comes from Murrumdoorandi – meaning place of mists, mountain. Trawool comes from the Taungurung Tarawil for turkey. Nagambie comes from Nogamby – meaning lagoon.

Aunty Lee Healy (Linguist and Projects Coordinator at TCAC) is proficient in Taungurung language and she has compiled an amazing Taungurung language dictionary called Taungurung Liwik-nganjin-al Ngula-dhan (Our Ancestors’ Language) Yaawinbu Yananinon (Enjoy the Journey). It contains over 200 pages of carefully researched translations and as well as an English to Taungurung reference. The language dictionary can be purchased from our store, along with the grammar and pocket language book.

Below are some examples of Taungurung to English translations.

TaungurungEnglish
DarrangBrother
GaaginjaDaughter
MaamanFather
BabanMother