If in South Australia, you can’t miss the state’s largest city and capital, Adelaide. This calm, multicultural city is situated on the Adelaide Plains, between the Gulf St Vincent in the west and the Mount Lofty Ranges in the east. Packed with a rich history worth exploring, the Adelaide area used to be inhabited by the indigenous Kaurna Aboriginal people before becoming a British settlement in 1836.
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Adelaide has become the fifth most populous city in the country, with an estimated population of 1.37 million. According to the 2021 census, Adelaideans are very diverse, which should come as no surprise as 30% of the city residents were born in foreign countries like England, Italy, India, China, and Vietnam. As a result of this vast diversity, many languages are spoken in the city, with 36.3% of residents speaking a language other than English at home.
As you can imagine, for anyone living in Adelaide, speaking more than one language would be a great advantage. Whether you are looking to improve your social life, get a better job or simply expand your horizons, learning a language will enhance your experience in the city and create a deeper appreciation of the multicultural Australian society.
Where to study foreign languages in Adelaide
If you finally decided to start that language course you’ve been postponing for years, you’ll be happy to learn that there are many great places in Adelaide where you can study. The city prides itself on having not one but three City Libraries, one in Rundle Mall, one at Hutt Street, and one in North Adelaide where you can expand your communication skills. The biggest of the three is City Library, located at 3 Rundle Place, a modern library that offers a variety of programmes and services that include useful resources in languages like Arabic, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, and Greek.
However, if going to libraries is not something you particularly enjoy, you can check one of the language programmes at The University of Adelaide. They offer excellent language courses at all levels in languages that include Korean, Russian, German, and Chinese. Classes are held in comfortable classrooms by experienced teachers that are knowledgeable in adult teaching techniques. If you’re a beginner, I have good news for you: the University’s language courses do not have entry requirements and do not require any prior knowledge of the language to start a beginner’s course.
Language exchange groups in Adelaide
Learning a language helps you overcome cultural and interpersonal barriers. In Adelaide, there are many communities of language enthusiasts that offer a valuable chance to not only express yourself better but also to meet new friends with different cultural backgrounds.
If Spanish captivated you and you want the chance to practise your skills while socialising, then The Adelaide Spanish Language Meetup Group is just for you. This language group is one of the biggest in the area with 1800 members who meet monthly at local bars to have conversations in Spanish about every topic you can think of. Although it’s not a prerequisite to be fluent to attend, the hosts of this event suggest that you at least have the skills to hold a basic conversation.
Another great group you can attend is Adelaide International Students Meetup, where you’ll be able to meet people from all over the world who are new to Adelaide. They hold all kinds of events throughout the city, like table tennis tournaments and free math tutoring workshops, so if you’re interested, check their online group where you’ll learn about all the upcoming events.
Cultural institutions and events in Adelaide
If you are looking for festivals where you can get in contact with traditions of other cultures, then you are in luck, as Adelaide is well-known for hosting the leading contemporary arts festivals in the country that attract people from all over the world.
One of the most impressive ones is the OzAsia festival, held annually every spring. This festival, held in the Adelaide Festival Centre on King William St, showcases the best theatre, dance, music, visual arts, literature, film, food, and cultural events from across Asia. There’s something for everyone at the festival. Families love the Moon Lantern Trail, a free outdoor event inspired by the ever-popular Moon Lantern Parade. Foodies, on the other hand, will adore the Lucky Dumpling Market, where they’ll find delicious food inspired by Asian cuisine and bars. In addition, the festival offers a writing program called In Other Words, where you’ll get to learn about Asian and Asian-Australian writers and thinkers.
Language jobs in Adelaide
It’s no secret that learning a language will make you more employable, and if you already have a job, it will grant access to better-paid positions. When it comes to choosing the best language to learn to advance your career, a great option to consider is Mandarin Chinese. This language is the second most spoken language in the city after English, so by learning it you’ll be able to serve a greater part of the community in any kind of position in one of the city’s top industries such as Public Administration and Tourism.
If Chinese is not exactly what you’re looking for, you might consider learning French, as many renowned wineries in the area are looking for bilinguals for different job positions. As you might already know, Adelaide is famous for its excellent wines, so if you learn French, you’ll be able to learn all about the local production while you work in one of the world’s top industries.
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