Indigenous Languages - Classroom - BTNAnd a warning to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers, this story contains images of people who've died. MATT HOLBROOK, REPORTER: You might recognise this song. How about now? These kids are singing in a language called Noongar. It's one of more than 200 Indigenous languages in Australia that have been spoken for tens-of-thousands of years. Since European settlement, many traditional languages have died out. KIERA: It was a really good experience I've never had before, and knowing you could make your own music video in Noongar language was the best thing I've ever done. MAZZ: It was awesome, I thought it was really good the school was letting us get in touch with our culture a bit more. There are thirty thousand Noongar people in Western Australia, but only around 250 speak the language fluently. KIERA: I did not know how to speak Noongar at all, this was the first time we've ever experienced this, so it's really been enjoyable for me, this has really been a good journey.
Local Languages - Classroom - BTNAnd there's a warning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers this story contains images of people who've died. NATASHA THIELE, REPORTER: These guys are getting ready for an important lesson. It's not English, it's not maths and it's not science. Yingjibarndi is one of more than 200 different Indigenous languages, which have been spoken for tens-of-thousands of years. Lynda is a Yindjibarndi Elder, she's also a teacher. JARROD: Hi my name is Jarrod. GIA: Hi my name is Gia and I've been learning Yindjibarndi language for three to four years. CORY: Hi my name is Cory and this is language map. SOPHIE: (SOPHIE SPEAKING YINDJIBARNDI) Every week we learn Yindjibarndi language and I've been learning it for three years. So why is it important for kids to learn an Indigenous language? For these guys, learning an Indigenous language is way of keeping it alive and they're having fun in the process!