Yuma wandi len Kriol?

Do you want to learn Kriol? Ngukurr Language Centre will be running our next Kriol Awareness Course on the weekend of the 31st October and 1st November 2020.

Kriol Kos Kaminap!

Bla mela Kriol Kos garra bi bambai! Yu gin len lilbit bla Kriol langgus en bla blakbala koltja la Ropa eriya. If yu wek eniwe yu gin irrim blakbala toktokbat Kriol, dis kos im gudeswan bla yu. Det titja ma garra bi Kriol spika ekspet ma burrum Ropa garrim linggwis ekspet du! If yu intristing bla faindat mo bla mela kos, yu jendi imeil o kol la mela! 

Kriol Awareness Course coming up!

Our Kriol Awareness Course is coming up soon! You can learn a bit about Kriol language and culture from the Ngukurr area. If you work anywhere where you can hear people talking Kriol, this course is perfect for you. Your teachers will be expert Kriol speakers from Ngukurr, with some linguist experts too! If you’re interested in finding out more about our course, send us an email or call us!

When is It?

Saturday 31st of October 9:00am – 4:30pm
Sunday 1st of November 9:00am – 4:30pm

What you will learn

  • Practical exercises to improve comprehension and beginning speaking Kriol,
  • The sound system of Kriol,
  • The writing system of Kriol: this enables you to accurately sound out Kriol words you read and helps in writing down new words you learn from Kriol speakers,
  • Introduction to beginner’s vocabulary in Kriol and tips on how to continue to build on it after the course
  • Family, skin & kinship – central to showing courtesy and respect in Kriol,
  • Grammatical aspects of Kriol,
  • Historical background of Kriol,
  • Tips for cross-cultural communication and examples of how miscommunication can occur.

The course is an aid to anyone wanting to understand and more effectively communicate with Kriol native speakers, such as to develop friendships, to have more meaningful consultations, or to teach more effectively. It also helps with understanding the centrality of relationships in all activities in the Kriol speaking community. The course is an introductory course only, so participants should not expect to become competent in speaking and understanding Kriol (this takes a long time!), but participants will gain building blocks from which they can further develop Kriol language skills.  

Other information

Permit: Ngukurr is on Aboriginal land. You will need to apply for a visitor’s permit if you are coming in from out of town. It is free to apply for a permit. Please visit https://www.nlc.org.au/apply-for-permit to apply.

Accommodation: For those coming from out of town, accommodation is available at Darlala Motel. Book in early! Contact them here: darlala@darlalamotel.com.au

Transport: If coming from out of community, course participants will be required to find their own transport to and from Ngukurr. A section of the Roper Highway is unsealed, and road conditions can vary significantly depending on the time of year. It is your responsibility to check the road conditions before you leave. 

Food: We will provide morning tea and afternoon tea, but you will need to bring your own lunch. There is a shop in town with a little takeaway if you don’t want to make your own.

Dress: Visitors to Ngukurr are required to dress modestly. Clothing should not be tight fitting and dresses/skirts should be below the knee. 

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If you are looking for more information, please get in touch and we will respond as soon as we can.