What is Language Lovers AU?

Language Lovers AU is a community for those who are interested in languages and language learning in Australia.

Our aim is to help connect people in this big, beautiful, multilingual country who share a common interest in languages, as well as create opportunities to meet, chat, learn, discuss and share our passion and enjoyment of languages together and with others.

How did the idea of Language Lovers AU come about?

Despite growing up in neighbouring suburbs of Melbourne, we (Penny and Bec) actually got in touch in a much bigger place… Instagram! We knew each other online through the 2018 Women in Language conference, but first met in person in September 2018 when Penny interviewed Bec for Language Learning Stories, a series of interviews published on Penny’s blog Lingo Mama.

We got chatting and we just had so much to talk about. It was so nice to speak to someone else in Melbourne (even in Australia!) who also loves other languages, learning languages, travelling… But we knew we couldn’t possibly be the only ones. Community is such an important part of learning languages and we thought, wouldn’t it be great if we could start building a community where other language learners in Australia, like us, could share ideas and information, get in touch and even meet up? So, initially, we started the Language Lovers AU Facebook group.

We’ve met up regularly for ‘language chats’ since then and something that kept coming up was how much we wished we could be involved in some of the cool language events being held around the world. Australia’s relative geographic isolation shouldn’t mean that we have to miss out, which is why part of our mission for Language Lovers AU is to organise some fun language events that are a bit more accessible for those in Australia to attend in person or online.

You both sound really passionate about languages!

We are! We both run language-related businesses and love sharing our experiences of learning languages with others.

Bec has studied French, Italian, German and a bit of Japanese, but she also loves reading (and talking!) about languages in general and is especially interested in sociolinguistics. She is passionate about mixing language learning with creativity, and spends most of her time these days running Irregular Endings.

Penny has studied Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, French, Estonian, Indonesian and Spanish to varying levels and loves travelling just as much as she loves languages. She is also known as Lingo Mama, and she helps adults and families to combine language learning with travel.

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Have other questions for us?

We’d love to hear from you! Send us a message here.


Our Partners

Monica Cazzamani Bona - Su Misura Italy

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Monica is an experienced Italian tutor and native speaker, originally from Govone in Piedmont. After working in a range of fields across architecture, hospitality and events management, she discovered that her path in life was to share all that she knows about her beloved Italy, its infinite culture and its romantic language. Through her business Su Misura Italy, she offers tailored Italian classes in private and small group settings, as well as custom travel planning for your next Italian holiday.

Monica leads our Language WALKshops for Italian.

Nicole Ress - French with Nicole

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Born to a Parisian mother, Nicole grew up speaking only French at home and went on to study the language at the University of Melbourne. Alongside a significant career in Hotel Management, Nicole has been teaching French in Melbourne for many years as French with Nicole and helps her students to ‘feel French in Melbourne’ through small group classes in some of the city’s trendiest French-influenced cafés, while also organising bespoke tours to some of the most beautiful parts of France.

Nicole leads our Language WALKshops for French.