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: Greek

Yiasou means hello in Greek. In this episode, Sirine is joined by Anthea who tells us what the Greek flag means and shares a story about her grandparents.  Here are…

Mother Tongue: Cantonese

Nei hou or lei ho means hello in Cantonese. In this episode Sirine is joined by Angel who grew up in Hong Kong. She shares a fun song and talks…

Mother Tongue: Vietnamese

Xin Chao means hello in Vietnamese. Sirine is joined by Nally whose parents are from Vietnam. The Vietnamese language has some special tones that give words different meanings and Nally…

Mother Tongue: Spanish

Hola! That means hello in Spanish. In this episode, Sirine is joined by Lorena whose parents come from Argentina. She grew up speaking Spanish and English. Find out what her…