Imagine learning 10 new words in a new language in a day.

26 February 2019

Imagine learning 10 new words in a new language in a day.

That’s what Anil Samy did. For 10 days.

Anil Samy is a Nukunu man from the Spencer Gulf in South Australia.

Passionate about learning his native tongue and sharing his learnings with the world, Anil started a vlog.

For 10 days Anil videoed himself saying 10 different words in the Nukunu language. He then edited the videos into short snippets and posted them online.

More than 50,000 people have viewed Anil’s series, featuring him walking along and simply saying words like NGAYI (I) and THIRNTU (sun).

Anil’s exploration of his language leads the viewer on his journey learning words from pronouns to descriptions of the environment and parts of the human body.

“Working on a project like this helped me connect the dots between my Nukunu culture and language,” Anil said.

Funded by the University of Adelaide’s Mobile Language Team, Anil’s project is an innovative example of using modern technology to keep Indigenous languages alive.

2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019), a chance to raise awareness of the need to preserve and share the world’s Indigenous languages.

In Australia, there are about 120 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages spoken and 90% of them are considered endangered.

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