Culturally Diverse, Sydney

Sydney, Australia is known for its reputation of being culturally diverse. It’s considered an international center for the various arts and education.

What sets Sydney apart from the world is that it has one of the highest number of residents who were born abroad. It’s for this reason that despite most residents speaking English, many hold a second language. The most common of those languages is Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), and Greek.

With over 31% of its population being born overseas, it’s no wonder that it’s so culturally diverse.

Culture plays a major role in Sydney which is demonstrated by the various festivals they host. A few of the major festivals or events on the Sydney calendar are the Sydney Festival, Gay Pride and the Biennale of Sydney.

The Sydney Festival is the largest arts festival in Australia.

Gay Pride is held every year in the month of March and attracts thousands to the streets of Sydney, for fun, colour, equal rights and plenty of dance and music.

The Biennale of Sydney is also an arts festival, but its focus is on contemporary art. Unlike the Sydney festival which hosts a variety of performances, the Biennale of Sydney is focused more on exhibitions and has more of an international following.

With the festivals having an international flare and with so many bilinguals as residents, Sydney demonstrates itself to be a great environment for learning another language.

One of the major barriers in learning a foreign language is having access to native speakers; Sydney breaks this barrier. The multi-cultural environment is also a great source of motivation since the language will actually be practical. This is especially important to the younger generation.

For many young students, reading ancients texts and scripted lines is viewed with distaste. By incorporating language partners and trips to areas that are more ethnically dense, young students will have more fun learning.

For a student to gain fluency in a language, constant exposure and practice is essential. Sydney, due to being so international, provides such exposure. Not only that, but it has a large pool of foreign residents that would make for great conversation partners.

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