Karina Lester

Yankunytjatjara

I’m a first language speaker so it just feels natural to hear and use my language. I’m a mother of four so I’ve got four beautiful little children at home and the one thing I’m grappling with is being out of country and just not consistently teaching Wanga. I speak to the children and the kids all the time in language but I’m feeling and I’m struggling with being out of my element as in I’m in Adelaide. I’m based in Adelaide, I work in Adelaide and the children go to school in Adelaide, so English is quite a strong language around at home, but I’m constantly talking so I’m hoping me talking they sponge. When we go home to country which I try to do at least three times a year we all speak language which is very important because I grew up with that and I wouldn’t want my children not to have that. That’s the juggle of living in two worlds.

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