John has lived in Darwin for 4 years. He is a lay leader of a Zimbabwean congregation at the United Methodist Church and he helps run the Zimbabwean stall at Malak Marketplace on Saturday evenings with his family.
Shona is a Bantu language spoken in Zimbabwe. Shona has two tones, high and low.
John’s story, Gudo na Tsuro, is about the hare and the baboon.
Zarina finds opportunities to speak Malay most days. Her daughter, Halimah, nominated Zarina for Bernardo's Mother of the Year, and she placed in the top three finalists for the NT.
Bahasa Melayu (Malay) is the lingua franca of Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, South Thailand, the Philippines and Singapore.
Zarina’s story is about the Swallowing Rock, and is called Batu Belah Batu Bertangkup.
Greeting: Selamat petang!
Clement has lived in exile from South Sudan since 1989. His family arrived in Darwin in 2004 but it was a further 4 years before he could join them here.
Ma'di is a Nilo-Saharan language of South Sudan and Uganda. Ma'di has 3 tones, and (like Shona) consonants produced with inward breath called implosives.
Clement’s story about the tortoise and the birds is called Oku Ti Arinji Tro.
Greeting: Anyi paranga ra
Sachi Hirayama & Mio
Sachi has lived in Darwin for 10 years. She is co-founder of Malak Marketplace (4-9pm Saturdays in the dry season) and she runs Darwin Japanese Radio (10am Sunday, 91.5FM). Sachi is involved in storytelling to commemorate lives lost in the Japanese raids on Darwin in 1942-43.
Mio is currently visiting Darwin from Japan. She told the story of the cave of the sun goddess, Amano Iwato.
Japanese is a top 10 language with 125M native speakers.