50 words project

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This project aims to provide fifty words in every Indigenous language of Australia.

The words are provided online with community permission, and with audio provided by a language speaker. The languages and words are displayed on a map of Australia so that users can easily find the information relevant to their local area. We hope that this will be a useful resource for schools and educational organisations to learn 50 words in their local language, and for the general public to discover and appreciate the diversity of First Nations' languages around Australia.

View the 50 words interactive language map

Thank you to First Languages Australia for allowing us to use their Gambay map as our base map for this project.

Would you like your language included?

If you interested in adding your language or would like further information about the 50 words project please email RUIL.

Chief Investigators: Professor Rachel Nordlinger and Associate Professor Nick Thieberger, resourced by the Research Unit of Indigenous Language.

This research project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of Melbourne. Project number:1853186.1