Here in Mimili we speak Pitjantjatjara and Yankuntjatjara. There are about 3,000 speakers across central Australia.

It was a spoken language before it was written one.

Here are some words and phrases of our language translated to English




Here is a list of some Pitjantjatjara basic language.

Hello- wai nyuntu palya
No – wiya
Yes – uwa
When- yaalara
What- nyaa
Where- yaltji
And- munu
Where to? – yaltjikutu?
Food – mai
Water – kapi
House – wali
Motorcar – mutuka
Hands – mara
Feet- tjina
Head – kata
Body – anangu
Place – ngura
Sun – tjintu
Moon – kinara
Night – munga
Hair – mangka
Nails – miltji

Hi - wai

If you want to learn Pitjantjatjara here are some basic sentences

Hello, My name is - wai palya. ngayuku ini (e.g) sammy-nya



Want some food yes or no? - nyuntu mukuringanyi maiku uwa munta wiya?
Where are you going to?- yaltjikutu nyuntu ananyi?
Look at tonight's moon- munga kinarajati
You have long nails and it looks pretty- nyuntupai mitji wara munu wirunya
Hi how are you?- wai nyuntu palya
Yes i'm fine- uwa ngayulu palya
What's your name?- ka nyuntumpa ini ngananya?
Where are you from? - ngura yaaltjinguru nyuntu?
i'm from Mimili - ngayulu Mimili-lanuru