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French is widely spoken and studied around the world. You too can learn to speak French like a native.
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Vietnamese is one of Asia's and Australia's biggest languages. It is the official language for Vietnam's 90m. residents, while Australia has its own large Vietnamese community. If you are interested in learning an Asian language, then Vietnamese may be for you.
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Korean

Korean is a real language of contrasts. It is the language of South Korea with its vibrant economy and powerhouse pop culture. It is also spoken in North Korea, the world's most totalitarian and isolated country. Korean also has its own writing system.
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Russian

Russian is a language of great history, power and reach. It is spoken all the way from Eastern Europe across Siberia to Alaska in North America. You can travel far with Russian.
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Chinese (Mandarin)

Mandarin Chinese is the world's biggest first language. It's also the official language of China, with more than 1.35 billion inhabitants. You can learn Chinese too.
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Indonesian

Indonesian is the official language of Indonesia, our biggest neighbour. It's also easy to learn.
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The World Of Language
Music may help babies learn language skills

Start banging those drums! ABC News report says: Babies who engage in musical play may have an easier time picking up language skills.

#DespiteBeingTaughtinWelsh goes viral on Twitter.

Welsh-speakers are rightly up in arms at perceived bias in the English-speaking media against the value of Welsh-language education. But they do it with a sense of humour - all over Twitter. Bilingualism really is good for you.

What being bilingual does to your brain

Researchers say their study of babies shows that early childhood is the 'optimum time' to learn languages.

How bilingualism could help brain development in prematurely born babies.

Could an extra language help brain development in prem babies? Research

5 tips for parents who want to raise their children in Spanish.

The story is the same around the world - how do you teach your children to be bilingual? Here are 5 tips for Spanish but they apply to every language.

SPEAK MY LANGUAGE – COMMUNITY LANGUAGES SCHOOLS UNITE TO PROMOTE HARMONY AND LANGUAGES EDUCATION

Victoria's community languages schools will join together tonight in launching the Speak My Language Campaign to reinforce the importance of languages education, cultural maintenance and social harmony.

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A taste of Portugal - Queen Vic Market 12 June 2016

Don't miss the flavours of Portugal's unique culture and cuisine (and language) at the Queen Vic Market on Sunday 12 June - from 10 am. With flavours from all over the world - brought to Portugal through its global empire that once stretched from Brazil to East Timor - there's something for everyone to taste.

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Indonesian Language Refresher Program 28 June-7 July 2016

Indonesian teachers can refresh their language skills with a special 40 hour program at the University of Melbourne. Enrol now.

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Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra perform in Melbourne, August 14th

Don't miss the Macao Youth Symphony Orchestra's only Melbourne concert on August 14th @ Monash University

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UN International Day of Peace conference in Victoria, 19th September 2016

Special workshops are being run on 19th September in Victoria to celebrate the UN International Day of Peace on 21st September 2016.

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LOL Ambassadors
Daniel Ednie-Lockett

Daniel Ednie-Lockett is the founder of Language Connection, a not for profit which runs language exchanges and conferences for native speakers and learners of English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Daniel speaks fluent Japanese and Mandarin and has worked as a TV presenter in Mandarin in China for the last two years.

Helen Kapalos

I began my career as a reporter on ABC Radio in Newcastle in 1994 before moving to SBS after winning a national scholarship. In 2001, I was approached to join the Nine Network as a reporter on National Nine News where I covered breaking news events such as the Waterfall train disaster and the historic Sydney Gang rape trial. I played a key role in the 2004 Athens Olympics coverage, where I reported for several news and current affairs programs from the Greek capital and across Europe. Upon my return I was appointed host of the Late News program Nightline. In addition to that role, I presented a weekly news segment on the Network's flagship current affairs program Sunday, alongside host Jana Wendt.

GARANG DUT

First Sudanese refugee to obtain a Medical degree in Victoria

Dr Linny Phuong

State Finalist Young Australian of the Year 2013

Fablice Manirakiza

Maintaining language culture is very important not just to me but to all the diversity communities as well as the wider community of Australia, English is my second language, I understand the importance of it, not just in our everyday life but also in connecting with the world politicly, economically and other aspects, but to most of us this wouldn't slow us in maintaining our main language, the world of today is about creating and sharing we should all be proud of who we are and share our cultural across the world, but it all start with your own identity of where you come from, I believe maintaining language is important to achieve all the desire of making this world a better place.

Robert DIPIERDOMENICO

"I was born to play in Grand Finals," says Robert DiPierdomenico, somewhat humbly.

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Robert Dipper

AFL Premiership player, Brownlow medallist, Coach of AFL international Peace team, international chaperone for parents of draftees.

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Hass Dellal, Acting Chair SBS Board and Executive of Australian Multicultural Foundation - local national and international experience.

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