“How did I not know this?”
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I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here is known for its deep discussions between cast members who are stuck sitting in the so-called jungle for weeks on end.
Last night former TV and radio host -and seasoned Reality star- Dylan Lewis struck up a conversation with former AFL player Derek Kickett about the breadth of First Nations languages.
“I’m from WA. That’s Noongar country. In Noongar nation, we have 14 clans. My clan is Ballardong,” Kickett told him.
Lewis was amazed to discover each language is specific to a particular place and people.
“Is it heaps different? Do you understand each other enough?”
“Not at all,” Kickett replied.
“Really? So do you use English letters to make the sound of the word that you’ve been using without letters for years?”
Kickett went on to explain First Nations languages can have different vowel sounds to English.
“Ours are different. It sort of rolls off your tongue,” he continued.
“A different shape?” Lewis asked.
“Yeah. We have different vowels.”
“How come I don’t know all this yet?” Lewis queried.
“It’s never been taught,” answered Kickett.
Lewis went on to explain he wasn’t taught anything about Indigenous history during his 1980s schooling.
“We all have to talk more about it. Like most things, that’s the way forward. But the conversation has to be started,” he added.