This site includes language words and recordings. We have some Dharawal recordings from the AIATSIS archives, and some new songs and words from speakers reclaiming the Sydney language or Dharug.
We also have set up a Dharug game on country for you to practise some of the lessons on this site. Please playi n Chrome browser
Also we have some history of the people in the region, to explain their ongoing link to this land.
Growing up learning about the language groups of Sydney Basin, we were informed by many distinguished Elder’s Lock, Webb, Simm, Simms, Timberry, Tangyes, Longbottoms, Morgans and Murray’s that there were two dialects recorded.
The Buruberongal of Western Sydney Basin is spoken as far north as Kempsey amongst the Dhungutti and the sister tongue Bidjigal is spoken by the families between La Perouse and as far south among the Wadi Wadi- Wumbanji referred to in 2016 as the Yuin.
The word Daruk was assigned to the Iyura (Eora) people as a language group or more commonly referred to as the people that sustained their diet by the constant digging of the Yams as a vegetable supplement.
The Dark, Darug, Tarook, Taruk Tarug is related to the word Midyini, meaning Yam.
Ngaya mirrung Buruberongal Ngaya wanjan Mulla-bu Yellamundie.