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It's language trivia time! Celebrating our 50th episode
50 episodes of Language Chats! We can hardly believe it! It's been a little over two years since we started recording this podcast and we're still here... But so are you! We have a lot of fun chatting language between ourselves and with others, but it's extra special that there are other language lovers out there who enjoy listening to these language chats too. So, thank you for tuning in and engaging with us on our favourite topics!
To celebrate this little milestone, we're putting each other to the test with some language trivia! If you're a fan of the occasional pub quiz but have always wished that there were a few more language-themed questions so you can show off your real talents... You'll love this episode! So pop on your headphones, turn up the volume and play along with us (and maybe pick up some fun facts to share at your next dinner party)!
Did any answers surprise you? Any questions you wanted to know more about? Let us know!
And if you'd like to join an online trivia session with some other language lovers, join our Facebook group here!
PS: Sources for the questions are linked on our website but avoid clicking until after you've listened if you're keen to see which answers you already know!
Connecting to indigenous culture through language: A chat with Yaaran from @wiradyuri
Wiradjuri is the Australian indigenous language of Wiradjuri country, in central-southern New South Wales. As a revival language, it is experiencing growth and provides an important connection to the local indigenous culture; however it also faces significant challenges to keep it alive and active.
In this episode, we speak with Wiradjuri man Yaaran (Aaron) Ellis who currently teaches the Wiradjuri language in Young, New South Wales. We chat about his experience of learning and teaching the language, the importance of language as a way of connecting to culture within his own family, sharing Wiradjuri in classrooms and online via social media, the challenges ahead and his hopes for the language's future.
This episode was released in NAIDOC Week 2021. We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today. We live on land that was, is and always will be Aboriginal country.
•Find Yaaran on Instagram: @wiradyuri (look out for #WiradjuriWednesday!) | Twitter: @bigibila
•Wiradjuri Bali Yarra (Baby Talk) Flashcard Set
•Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage (Charles Sturt University)
•AIATSIS - Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
•First Languages Australia
Learning Farsi: A chat with Candace Powell
Farsi (Persian) may not be a language that you hear about people learning often in Australia; however the official language of Iran has an estimated 70 million native speakers and 110 million speakers worldwide, and it's the language that has captured Sydney-based Candace Powell's language-loving heart for the last several years.
In this episode of Language Chats, we speak with Candace about how she became interested in learning Farsi, how she has been learning the language and finding resources as a learner in Australia, tracking habits for language learning, what it means to be conversationally 'functional', her favourite words in Farsi and more.
Do you have any questions for Candace? Contact us here, or contact Candace directly via her Instagram account @the.far.see
•NaTakallam - online language learning & cultural exchange
•Find Candace on Instagram: @the.far.see
The power of podcasts for language learning: A chat with Pete from Aussie English
How important are podcasts to you for learning a language? Being so accessible, podcasts are a great way to practice your listening skills for any language! But it's not always just about the language itself. Listening to podcasts can also be a way to learn more about another culture and about other more subtle aspects of communicating in another language too.
In this episode, we speak with Pete Smissen, creator of Aussie English, a podcast and learning platform that helps advanced English students level up their Australian English whilst also learning about the country's unique culture, history, and more. We chat about he came to focus his work on helping English learners to better understand Australian English, his interest in language and the languages he has learned the highs and lows that he's faced as a learner and a creator, and his best tips for language learners.
Got a question for us or for Pete about Aussie English? Get in touch!
•Français Authentique podcast
•Language Chats Ep #040 - Native or Non-Native Teachers/Tutors: The Pros & Cons
Languages at work and at home: A chat with Andrew & Xuran
In this episode, we speak with two members of our Language Lovers AU Community - Andrew & Xuran (Sharon), who are both currently language teachers of Chinese at schools in Geelong, Victoria. We chat with them both about their respective journeys with language learning and how they became interested in languages, teaching Chinese in Victorian high schools and how they bring many languages into their home with their two young sons.
Can you relate to their experiences?
Do you have any questions for Andrew or Xuran? Let us know!
•Vloggers: Blondie in China, 歪果仁研究协会 Ychina
•One Parent One Language (OPOL)
•Bella Devyatkina - Young Polyglot
•Stephen Krashen: Language Acquisition and Comprehensible Input
•Chinese-language radio in Australia: 3CW (1341/1629 kHz Victoria), SBS Chinese
More than A to Z: Learning languages with another script or alphabet
Have you learned (or would you like to learn) a language that uses another script or alphabet? Or does the idea of learning a language that is written in a *completely* different way scare you? In this episode of Language Chats, we chat about Penny's experience of learning Japanese and Mandarin, the excitement of learning to 'crack the code', the visual nature of learning other scripts and alphabets, whether it would be possible to skip learning a script (#controversial), and which scripts we'd love to learn in future.
Have a question or want to share your experience with us? Get in touch!
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Penny and Bec are wonderfully inspiring with everything they do. Looking forward to hearing more from them on this podcast!