Murrinh-Patha is Australian Aboriginal language, and possibly a member of the Southern Daly language family. It is spoken around Wadeye, on the western coast of Australia's Northern Territory, and along the Fitzmaurice River. There are about 1,970 native speakers of Murrinh-Patha, according to the 2016 Australian census, and another 1,000 or so speak it as a second language. It is used as a lingua franca in the region where it's spoken, and is used as the medium of instruction the local bilingual education programme. It is also one of the few Aboriginal languages to have gained speakers recently.

The name Murrinh-Patha means "language good". The language is also known as Murinbada, Murinbata or Garama.

Murrinh-Patha alphabet and pronunciation

Murrinh-Patha alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Murrinh-Patha (Excel)

Hear the Murrinh-Patha alphabet

Details compiled by Wolfram Siegel

Sample videos in Murrinh-Patha

Information about Murrinh-Patha | Tower of Babel


Information about the Murrinh-Patha people, language and culture

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

Page last modified: 03.02.24


Green Web Hosting - Kualo

Why not share this page:


Conversations - learn languages through stories

If you like this site and find it useful, you can support it by making a donation via PayPal or Patreon, or by contributing in other ways. Omniglot is how I make my living.


Note: all links on this site to, and are affiliate links. This means I earn a commission if you click on any of them and buy something. So by clicking on these links you can help to support this site.

Get a 30-day Free Trial of Amazon Prime (UK)