Language lovers are buzzing about the new government white paper: Australia in the Asian Century.

It’s got language learning at its heart. So why are linguists cautious about its content? How hard can it be to learn a language, anyway?

Linguist Daniel Midgley checks it out on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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Show notes

Here it is, folks: The White Paper. Or the fact sheets therefrom.

Building Asia literacy through schools

It’s really big on learning Asian languages.

Not everyone is into it.

But Kevin Rudd is.

Learning language by ‘drip-feed’ doesn’t work.

How long does it take English speakers to learn a language?

Hindi is a priority language.

UWA has a new Korean program.