Melinda Holden

Wargamay/Warrgamay

Our language, Warrgamay, was always spoken but we also learnt to write and read it. What really got me going was that our language actually has a grammar just like the English language. It has a structure to it and I think that made me realise our languages were up there with everybody else’s, and we are able to speak it just like Italian or French or whatever. It is our language and we own it and we have to learn to speak it. That encourages me to want to keep going. I’d love to be able to say that my first language is the Warrgamay language. Hopefully we’ll get there with all our grandkids.

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