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Celebrate Languages Week 2017

4 August 2017

City staff say 'Welcome!'

Languages Week 7-14 August 2017 raises awareness of the benefits of language learning, highlight the linguistic diversity in our community and celebrate the work of our students and teachers in community language schools and primary and secondary schools. Learning a language encompasses much more than language proficiency. Knowing a language means knowing about the culture that is the foundation of that language.

Our world is becoming increasingly interconnected and interdependent. Language learning is an essential skill for life in the 21st century. Language learning helps us to broaden personal, social, cultural and employment opportunities. More than 270 languages and dialects are spoken in Western Australia today and Languages Week provides an opportunity to explore and celebrate language learning.

Data from the 2016 Census reveal that 20% of residents in the City of Melville spoke a language other than English at home. This data indicates how culturally diverse the City's population is and the degree to which different ethnic groups and nationalities are retaining their language.

Quick Poll

How many languages do you speak?

To celebrate Languages Week 2017, you are invited to share your story about your experience with language.

Have you ever been to a country whose language you didn't know?

Do you have a funny story about trying to learn a new language?

Or a story about how you taught your children a language?

Five entries will be selected by random to receive a City of Melville multicultural history and recipe book - A Taste of History: A Collection of Oral Histories, Images and Recipes.

Here is a story shared by one of the City's staff:

Hi my name is Riaz and I am a multilingual. I can speak more than seven languages and dialects and can read and write in five languages.

My journey to becoming a multilingual started with the environment where I was brought up with three languages. At the time of my teen ages, I joined a language class to improve my language skills. One day in the beginning of a new language class our language teacher asked us to introduce ourselves as a bilingual or a multilingual. After few introductions I realised that I was probably the only multilingual in the class. While waiting for my turn, I heard one of the participants introduce himself as a multilingual who can speak more than five languages. I was surprised! And then my language learning interest raised to learn more languages. That interest was further strengthened by my hobby to visit new places, meet new people and learn about different cultures and now I am familiar with more than seven languages.

Tell us your story about your experience with language.

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