September 11, 2014


“To me learning new languages is about discovering new cultures. Being the Administrator at Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV), every day I meet so many different artists with various cultural backgrounds, and from refugee and emerging communities including artists who speak Sinhala, my native language. It has been a joy to be able to speak to these artists and help them out in expressing their works of art, hence knowing a second language has been extremely beneficial.

Learning a new language through art, for example song, and even dance from around the world, makes it more fun and exciting. Being a dancer myself, I have been exposed to words from new languages through dance, for example a big part of ballet terminology is in French.I am inspired by the people I meet and work with and will definitely continue learning more languages to be able to say a simple hello to artists and communities in their native language and make them feel welcome.”

"A famous and beautiful quote by Nelson Mandela that sums up the importance of languages If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”‒Nelson Mandela

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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.

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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.


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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.


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