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Say Salam Alaikum to Noaka!

Lives in Moe

Salam Alaikum.

Noaka – Arabic

 

There are benefits to having a large family, particularly when it comes to adapting to a new home.

Born in Egypt, Noaka moved to Australia with her Sudanese family in 2005 at the age of five.

Upon their arrival, the family did not speak English. However, they opted to live with relatives who spoke the language fluently and had existing connections in their local community of Springvale.

While attending a language school helped Noaka and her family improve their English skills, living with her six siblings and their cousins also gave Noaka plenty of opportunities to practice speaking.

Not that it was without its challenges.

“It was still very difficult trying to get your message across… especially when you’re younger… so I always got in trouble at school,” Noaka said.

Noaka persisted and now speaks English confidently, but was grateful for her age, given the experience of adult members of her family.

“It was easier for me to learn the language because I was so young, like, my mind was malleable I guess,” she said.

“There were instances where people were really rude and pushy to my mum when she was trying to get something that she didn’t understand in English out.

“[When] people are making an effort to try to learn the language and be in this community… being mindful and patient when it comes to them speaking [can be really helpful].”

The family’s move to Australia was motivated by her mother’s desire to secure a good education for her children. Despite initially considering moving to America, Noaka’s mother decided that Australia would be a better and safer fit.

After three years in Springvale, the family moved to the Latrobe Valley. The move offered a more affordable lifestyle and the chance to live close to an uncle and some other family who understood English, were well-established in the region and could help Noaka’s family adapt to their new environment.

The family quickly made new connections of their own. Noaka and her six siblings made a lot of friends through school and she says the wider school community helped her whole family to meet people and feel connected.

Having now spent the majority of her life growing up in the Valley, Noaka still appreciates the local generosity and sense of community and said “the people” are what she loves most about living in the Latrobe Valley.

“Everyone’s so lovely… people that you meet here are just very nice… they make an effort to say hello, which is good,” she said.

Say Salam Alaikum to Noaka!

Lives in Moe

Salam Alaikum.

Noaka – Arabic

 

There are benefits to having a large family, particularly when it comes to adapting to a new home.

Born in Egypt, Noaka moved to Australia with her Sudanese family in 2005 at the age of five.

Upon their arrival, the family did not speak English. However, they opted to live with relatives who spoke the language fluently and had existing connections in their local community of Springvale.

While attending a language school helped Noaka and her family improve their English skills, living with her six siblings and their cousins also gave Noaka plenty of opportunities to practice speaking.

Not that it was without its challenges.

“It was still very difficult trying to get your message across… especially when you’re younger… so I always got in trouble at school,” Noaka said.

Noaka persisted and now speaks English confidently, but was grateful for her age, given the experience of adult members of her family.

“It was easier for me to learn the language because I was so young, like, my mind was malleable I guess,” she said.

“There were instances where people were really rude and pushy to my mum when she was trying to get something that she didn’t understand in English out.

“[When] people are making an effort to try to learn the language and be in this community… being mindful and patient when it comes to them speaking [can be really helpful].”

The family’s move to Australia was motivated by her mother’s desire to secure a good education for her children. Despite initially considering moving to America, Noaka’s mother decided that Australia would be a better and safer fit.

After three years in Springvale, the family moved to the Latrobe Valley. The move offered a more affordable lifestyle and the chance to live close to an uncle and some other family who understood English, were well-established in the region and could help Noaka’s family adapt to their new environment.

The family quickly made new connections of their own. Noaka and her six siblings made a lot of friends through school and she says the wider school community helped her whole family to meet people and feel connected.

Having now spent the majority of her life growing up in the Valley, Noaka still appreciates the local generosity and sense of community and said “the people” are what she loves most about living in the Latrobe Valley.

“Everyone’s so lovely… people that you meet here are just very nice… they make an effort to say hello, which is good,” she said.

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