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WA talks with many tongues

Languages Week aims to raise awareness of the benefits of language learning and highlight the linguistic diversity in our community. With more than 240 languages and dialects spoken in Western Australia, there is a good reason to celebrate Languages, which runs from 6 to 12 August.

This year the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) has partnered with the WA Museum to celebrate languages through the delivery of the Four Words project. The project explores the personal meaning languages have for 11 Western Australians who speak a language other than English. Nyoongar, Arabic and Auslan are just some of the languages showcased in the short video. 

A learning resource​ for teachers and parents has been developed to complement the videos, which details the languages spoken in WA and provides activities to make languages learning fun and easy.

Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests, Paul Papalia, stated the benefits language has provided and continues to provide for the WA community.



"Language skills are essential in today's increasingly connected world. Language ability unlocks a wealth of career opportunities and increases WA's competitiveness at a global level.

"Language skills also allow us to be more connected as a community by improving understanding of the different cultures that make our diverse State so exciting."

Culture and Arts Minister, David Templeman also encourages Western Australian's to explore and be curious about their identity and the identity of their fellow community members.

"Sharing language through the arts is one of the many ways Western Australians can find out about themselves, their identity, their heritage and their world. State organisations like the WA Museum, State Library and our theatres offer wonderful programs and experiences for people of all cultures and language groups to come together and share stories about our interconnected world."

"Language is a great connector that draws people together, builds communities and unites our Western Australians with tourists from international destinations. Learning new words and phrases helps people to feel welcome and understand more about the people and cultures of our world."

For more information about languages week visit the languages week page