Breaking down language barrier
UNDERSTANDING unique Australian expressions like ‘piece of cake’ or ‘bring a plate’ is a challenge for Nedlands locals who speak English as a second language.
Catherine Ryan has volunteered at the Nedlands Library Women’s English Conversation group for the past eight months.
Ms Ryan said she used her background in education to explain idioms and conversational quirks to the women so they felt they could join in on Australian life.
The group members are from diverse countries such as Brazil, China, Italy, France, Italy and Kazakhstan. Ms Ryan said the women regularly met to practise their English, ask questions, and make new friends over tea and biscuits.
The Nedlands Volunteer Resource Centre celebrated its volunteers as part of International Volunteer Day on December 5.
Find out more about volunteering by contacting 9273 3640 or email@example.com.
Volunteer Catherine Ryan (right) with the Nedlands Library Women’s English Conversation group.