New hope for learning Indonesian in Australia – Academia


Mukhamad Najib (The Jakarta post)


Canberra ●
Mon 1 Aug 2022

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, it goes to his head. If you speak to him in his language, it touches his heart. – Nelson Mandela

Indonesian language learning in Australia could not have asked for a bigger boost from the new government in Canberra. During his visit to Indonesia in June, shortly after his election, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese voiced his support for more Australians to embrace the language. And Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong’s impeccable Indonesian in a YouTube video that has gone viral is tantamount to an endorsement.

Interest in learning Indonesian has indeed declined, from 6.4% of all Australian school children studying the language in 2006 to 3.4% in 2019. Are we seeing signs of a revival?

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