Mother Tongue with Sirine

A kids' podcast that celebrates the wonderful languages and cultures found in Australia.

Ciao, talofa, hello!

Welcome to Mother Tongue - an award-winning podcast where each episode will have you exploring a vibrant culture you might not know so much about. Learn to say hello in Cantonese, goodbye in Koori, sing a song in Greek, or learn all about the Lebanese flag.

It's a podcast with a lot of heart behind it. As our host, Sirine, shares: "The idea came from my experience with my daughter; the songs my mother sang to me as a child stayed with me and I sang them to her when she was born. Elyssa is now 4 years old, and still loves these songs – she’ll never forget where they came from and we should never lose this connection with our language of origin."

Sharing language and culture brings kids closer together and sparks curiosity about the world, so we hope you listen and enjoy!

Tune in to Play & Learn weekdays at 10am. Or listen anytime, anywhere on the free Kinderling app or wherever you get your podcasts.go

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Catch up on recent Mother Tongue with Sirine episodes

Mother Tongue: Arabic

Marhaba! That means hello in Arabic. In this episode, join our host Sirine - who was born in Lebanon - as she shares some words, songs and traditions from her…

Mother Tongue: Italian

Ciao means hello in Italian. Sirine’s guest is Mary who talks about her favourite gelato flavour and shares a fun Italian card game.  Here are the Italian words you'll learn…

Mother Tongue: Koori

Bujari gamarruwa means g’day in Koori! That’s one of the many, many Aboriginal languages spoken in Australia. In this episode, Nathan joins Sirine to share the sound of the bullroara

Mother Tongue: Samoan

Talofa! This means hello in Samoan. In this episode, Sirine is joined by Milo who grew up in Samoa. He plays the pate and sings a beautiful song in his…

Mother Tongue: Tagalog

Kamusta! That means hello in Tagalog – the main language spoken in the Philippines. In this episode, Sirine’s guest is Jasmina whose parents are from the Philippines and she shares…

Mother Tongue: Hindi

Namaste means hello in Hindi. Join Sirine as she chats to her friend Sidd whose family comes from India. He tells her all about the magical-sounding sitar and a colourful…