M.o.M is an online platform that shares stories about language, identity and cultural diversity from Melbourne.
So now you might be thinking why ‘Multilinguals of Melbourne’? It might be surprising to some, but I actually didn’t grow up speaking other languages.
I grew up in a small, sleepy coastal town on the South Coast of NSW where my exposure to languages and cultural diversity was limited. However, it wasn’t until I went on a six-month study abroad trip to Spain in 2013 that my love for languages and culture flourished.
When I returned from my exchange, I continued to study Spanish while completing a degree in Communication and Media Studies, which included a major in Journalism and minor in Spanish and International Studies. I was also active in various international groups when I returned home from my exchange and graduated from the University of Wollongong in 2014.
After participating in a short exchange program at the beginning of 2015 in Mexico City, I moved to Melbourne in July to start a Master’s in Translation Studies at Monash University. I am passionate about the relationship between language, culture, and people, which was my inspiration towards creating Multilingual of Melbourne (M.o.M) in September 2015.
M.o.M is proud to have featured people from all different nationalities who have a combined total of nearly 50 languages. We speak over 250 languages here in Melbourne and I hope to capture all of the diversity that lives within our ecosystem of multiculturalism.
Hope you enjoy reading through the various stories on Multilinguals of Melbourne and please don’t be shy to say Hola if you want to get in touch!
– Laura Blackmore
Founder of Multilinguals of Melbourne