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Young people learning language, interviewed for ABC’s ‘Word Up’ podcast

“One day I hope that we’ll be able to speak our language, Arabana language with our cousins, having everyday conversations.”

This is a quote from 17 year old Ambah Kowcan during a recent interview for the ABC podcast ‘Awaye! Word Up.’

Last month Ambah and her sister Annalise were invited to the ABC studio in Adelaide to present some Arabana language for the series. Ambah and Annalise regularly attend the weekly Adelaide Arabana language club, facilitated by the MLT, along with their mother, and felt confident in sharing some words in language for Awaye! Word Up. They put together a short dialogue and explained the meaning of each of the words, and then spoke with the interviewer about their hopes and dreams for the language. Congratulations to these two young women on their success, and we wish them the best on their language journey.

You can listen to their interview here.

MLT trainee, Anil Samy, also presented a fantastic episode on the Nukunu language recently for Awaye! Word Up. Before sharing some Nukunu words with the audience, he enthusiastically states that “…there’s still this opportunity to bring it back, and have something there for future generations, I just can’t wait to reach that point.”

You can listen to Anil’s interview here.

It’s important for young people in the community to get involved in learning, teaching and researching their own language. Their enthusiasm and skills can inspire other young people to get started, to ensure that the language continues being spoken for many years to come. This podcast highlights some of the great work being undertaken by passionate people across the country

The MLT’s co-manager Karina Lester presented an episode on Yankunytjatjara earlier in the year which you can listen to here.

Clayton Cruse, who is a Language Worker with the MLT presented an episode on Adnyamathanha which you can listen to here.

Congratulations to all involved in this great initiative.