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Introduction to Australian indigenous languages: A chat with Karla Zuluaga (Part 1)
There are over 250 indigenous languages in Australia, but most Australians know very little (if anything at all) about them. There is important work being done around the country to document, revitalise, revive and share the languages which have existed in Australia since long before colonisation, but if you're like us and you want to know more - where does one even begin?
In this episode of Language Chats, we speak with linguist Karla Zuluaga who gives us an introduction to Australian indigenous languages and their current context, based on her studies, knowledge and experience to date. We chat about learning about indigenous languages as a non-indigenous person, language revitalisation and revival in indigenous communities, and bringing indigenous languages into education. This chat was so interesting that we spoke for longer than our usual episode length, so we've split our discussion with Karla into two parts - the remainder will follow in Episode 43!
Karla is an aspiring linguist and a lifelong learner. She holds a Bachelor of International Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Anthropology and a Master of International Public Diplomacy. She has studied over 10 languages from around the world to varying levels of proficiency. Karla has a special interest in endangered languages and is pursuing a career in language revitalisation.
This episode starts with an acknowledgment of country in both Darkinjung and English.
Would you like to share your knowledge of Australian indigenous languages with us? Or is there a particular topic regarding indigenous languages that you'd like to know more about? Get in touch - we'd love to hear from you.
•Women In Language
•UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger
•Darkinjung Aboriginal Land Council
•Indigenous language programs: Charles Sturt University, Charles Darwin University, Curtin University
•edX course: Noongar Language and Culture (Curtin University)
•Language Death by David Crystal
•AIATSIS - Living Languages
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Finding support & solidarity in language challenges: A chat with Debs Bensaul
Have you ever taken part in an online language challenge to keep yourself on track and stay motivated in your learning?
Debs Bensaul (@franklyfrancophone | @essentiallyitalian | @towardsfluency ) is a long-time Language Chats listener and member of our Language Lovers AU Community. Based in Sydney, Debs is a committed learner of French and Italian who regularly takes part in the Fluent in 3 Months Challenge as a learner and volunteer community coach. We talk about her experiences of learning languages so far, why she's found the Fluent in 3 Months Challenge and its community so helpful, some of her favourite resources for French and Italian, AND *drumroll*... Her language cubby house! (Is it a language lover's paradise? Are we both jealous? Oh yes, we certainly are.)
Have you had a similar or a different experience to Debs of taking part in an online (or offline!) language learning challenge? Did it help you too? Let us know - we'd love to hear from you!
PS: Wondering why Bec is so quiet in this episode? Well... We had a little technical issue during our recording and it turns out that we lost almost all of Bec's audio from this recording. Doh! Luckily this didn't impact the rest of the audio for Debs and Penny, so we've edited the episode just a little bit so that you can still enjoy all the great info that Debs shared with us.
•Fluent in 3 Months (book) by Benny Lewis / Fluent in Three Months website
•The Courage to Speak (course) with Shannon Kennedy
•Fluent in 3 Months Challenge: the Add1Challenge (previously run by Brian Kwong) became the Fluent in 3 Months Challenge in August 2017.
•Michel Thomas Method: French
•Coffee Break Languages - and to find out more, tune into our chat with Mark from Coffee Break Languages (Episode 20)
Native or Non-Native Teachers/Tutors: The Pros & Cons
What's been your experience with tutors and teachers? Have you had mostly native teachers or a mix of non-native and native teachers?
In this episode of Language Chats, Bec and Penny chat about their experiences over the years, and the pros and cons of both.
Plus are you going to be at the Women in Language online conference? It's from 4-7 March 2021 - you can get your ticket here!
•Get your Women In Language ticket here! 4-7 March 2021
•Language Lovers AU Community on Facebook
•Bec @bec.languages and Penny @lingo_mama
•Language Lovers AU
Enthusiastic about linguistics: A chat with Gretchen & Lauren from Lingthusiasm
You might not know it yet, but you're about to get very enthusiastic about linguistics.
Yes, that's right! The science of language and communication is fascinating and we recently had the pleasure of chatting with Gretchen McCulloch and Lauren Gawne, hosts of Lingthusiasm, a podcast that's enthusiastic about linguistics. We talk about what linguistics is, why it is so interesting and relevant (especially to those who love learning other languages!), whether we should all learn the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), and more.
Through their podcast and a number of other projects, Gretchen and Lauren make linguistics so accessible, interesting and fun that you can't help but wonder if you made a terrible life decision if you didn't study linguistics at university. But never fear - if you haven't studied linguistics before, you haven't missed the boat!
See more in the links below about how they are helping everyone to learn more and get as enthusiastic about linguistics as they are.
•Lingthusiasm - A podcast that's enthusiastic about linguistics by Gretchen McCulloch and Lauren Gawne
•Find out more about Gretchen: Website | All Things Linguistic | Twitter
•Find out more about Lauren: Website | Superlinguo | Twitter
•Crash Course Linguistics
•Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch
•On familects: Kitchen Table Lingo by The English Project
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Looking back to look ahead - our language plans for 2021
Was 2020 a year you needed a break from language learning? Did you step back and change your direction and plans? In this episode of Language Chats, Bec and Penny reflect on the past year and think about the learnings they will take with them into 2021.
Consistency, not being hard on ourselves, getting back to what we love doing, not wanting to lose our sense of self and discovering what really works for us are just some of the learnings we talk about!
Are you taking on something new this year? What have been your learnings from 2020? Share your plans with us for 2021!
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•Comme Une Française - 30 day listening challenge
•Lindsay Does Languages - Solo Language Learners Toolkit
•Ep #019 - Online language lessons (Part 1): Is this right for me?
•Ep #012 - Online Language lessons (Part 2): Getting the preparation right
•Language Lovers AU Community on Facebook
•Bec @bec.languages and Penny @lingo_mama
Shownotes and more details on our Language Lovers website.
Embarrassing mistakes: Short-term pain, long-term gain
Mistakes are a natural part of the learning process but that doesn't mean that they are always pleasant! In this episode of Language Chats, we chat all about embarrassing mistakes we've made in our language learning, how we recovered and what we learned. From tonal mishaps to pronunciation blunders, we've made a few!
What funny/embarrassing experiences have you had when trying to speak another language? Let us know! We love hearing from you.
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