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Introduction to Languages

Learning a language isn’t just about memorising vocabulary, studying grammar and making sense of new sounds. It’s about immersing yourself in another culture. When you find new ways to communicate, the world opens, and you start to see and do things differently.

We’ve partnered with leading Australian universities to offer you the choice to study the language you want, and the flexibility to study how you want.

Get multicultural and multilingual. Communicate with confidence in your chosen language—and pick up a culture’s history and politics along the way.
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Boost your career with a language

A second language can enhance your career options.

If you’re looking to work overseas, or for a multinational within Australia, extra languages on your CV help you stand out. If there’s a particular country or region you’d love to work in, picking up one of the local languages is a smart idea.

By choosing language electives or minors, you’ll make your degree as unique as you are and gain a competitive edge. Many undergraduate degrees offer this opportunity. Look for courses that include free-choice subjects (as opposed to mandatory) that let you pursue your interests.

National languages of Asia

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Arabic - the common language of the Arab world and the liturgical language of IslamArabic courses
Auslan - Australian sign languageAuslan courses
Burmese - the official language of MyanmarBurmese courses
Gamilaraay - an Indigenous Australian languageGamilaraay courses
Hindi - the official language of IndiaHindi courses
Indonesian - the official language of IndonesiaIndonesian courses
Japanese - the official language of JapanJapanese courses
Mandarin - used in China, and the world's most spoken native languageMandarin courses
Mongolian - the official language of MongoliaMongolian courses
Persian - the mother tongue of more than 150 million people in the Middle EastPersian courses
Tetum - a language of Timor-LesteTetum courses
Thai - the national and official language of ThailandThai courses 
Tibetan - a language of TibetTibetan courses
Tok Pisin - an official language of Papua New GuineaTok Pisin courses
Vietnamese - the national and official language of VietnamVietnamese courses

Classical and ancient languages to study

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Arabic - the common language of the Arab world and the liturgical language of IslamArabic courses
Gamilaraay - an Indigenous Australian languageGamilaraay courses
Ancient Greek - one of the most important languages of the ancient worldAncient Greek courses
Hebrew - the classical Hebrew languageHebrew courses
Latin - a classical language and discover the blueprint of modern western languagesLatin courses
Literary Chinese - the language of the classical period of Chinese literatureLiterary Chinese courses
Sanskrit - a classical language of IndiaSanskrit courses

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French - the official language of FranceFrench courses
German - the official language of GermanyGerman courses
Greek - the official language of Greece and CyprusGreek courses
Italian - the official language of ItalyItalian courses
Spanish - the world's second-most spoken native languageSpanish courses
Portuguese - the native language of Brazil and PortugalPortuguese course
Turkish - the official language of TurkeyTurkish courses

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