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STORY 8 Mirri or Buruma / The Dog

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The Dog
Yana-waa-nhi ngaya yuruun-da.
walk-moving-Past I road-in,at,on
I was walking along the road.
Mirri-bala nganunda banaga-waa-nhi.
Buruma-bala nganunda banaga-waa-nhi.
dog-contrast to/at/on me run-moving-Past
The dog ran at me.
Mirri-dhu nganha gawaa-nhi, banaga-nhi-nga-bala ngaya.
Buruma-gu nganha gawaa-nhi, banaga-nhi-nga-bala ngaya.
dog-doer.to me chase-Past run-Past-then-contrast I
The dog chased me, but I ran.
Dhulu-dhi galiya-nhi ngaya.
tree-from climb-Past I
I climbed a tree.
Gula-lda-nhi-nga nhama mirri-dhu.
Gula-lda-nhi-nga nhama buruma-gu.
bark-continuous-Past-then that,the dog-doer.to
The dog was barking.
Dhulu gama-y ngaya, buma-y ngaya dhulu-gu, mirri.
Dhulu gama-y ngaya, buma-y ngaya dhulu-gu, buruma.
stick break-Past I hit-Past I stick-with dog
I broke a branch and hit the dog with it.
Buma-y-nga ngaya dhaygal-i.
hit-Past-then I head-from
I hit it on the head.
Giirr banaga-nhi nhama mirri.
Giirr banaga-nhi nhama buruma.
really run-Past that,the dog
That dog ran away.
Giirr bulilbulil nhama dhulu.
really slippery that,the tree
The tree was slippery.
Giyal ngaya gi-nyi bundaa-ngindaay ngaya.
afraid I get-Past fall-Rel.suff I
I was afraid of falling.
Baluwaa ngaya gaarri-yaa-nhi dhulu-dhi,
slowly I get down-moving-Past tree-from
bulilbulil-i dhulu-dhi.
slippery-from tree-from
I climbed down slowly from the slippery tree.
Gundhi-gu yana-nhi ngaya.
house-to go-Past I
Then I went home.