Jobs Events Advertise

Snapchat adds four Indigenous languages to users' lens platform

Tom Zaunmayr -

Popular social app Snapchat has launched a new feature to help Australians learn more than 170 Indigenous words.

The social media company partnered with First Languages Australia to bring the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dialects to users screens through the app's language learning lenses.

Each lens uses augmented reality and machine learning to identify objects and display their name in Wiradjuri (central New South Wales), Yugambeh (south-east Queensland), Wakka Wakka (central Queensland) and Yawuru (Broome in Western Australia) languages.

Yugambeh descendant Shaun Davies said social media was the modern "campfire" where stories were shared.

Yugambeh Language x3

"In the old days, our Elders taught lingo by the campfire," he said.

"But the camp has changed, and the fire that people stare every day at is not the same.

Technology has become a central place in the home and now our lingo needs to go there if it is to survive for mobo jahjum (future generations)."

First Languages Australia chief executive Beau Willaims said the lens would boost recognition of language.

"We know millions of young Aussies use Snapchat everyday â€" so this is an incredible opportunity for them to experience our First Nations' languages in a fun and interactive way," he said.

Among the objects are ear (wudha in Wiradjuri), spider (wanggarranggarra in Yawuru) and

hat (binka in Yugambeh).

"But the camp has changed, and the fire that people stare every day at is not the same" Shaun Davies

Snapchat APC general manager Kathryn Carter said it was important to share Indigenous language with young Australians.

"We're thrilled to collaborate with First Languages Australia, and hope these Lenses represent our small part in supporting Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in a unique way," she said.

The lenses are accessible by searching Learn Wiradjuri, Learn Yugambeh, Learn Wakka Wakka or Learn Yawuru, or scanning the Snapcodes below.

Users point their cameras at an object to scan it, and the lens automatically displays the object's English and Indigenous language names in real time, along with an audible clip.

   Related   

Central Land Council to appeal NT Supreme Court water decision
The Central Land Council will appeal a decision by the NT Supreme Court to dismiss a legal challenge to a controversial water li...
Dechlan Brennan 28 Feb 2024
How blockchain can bolster native food businesses
Around 70 bush food practitioners have explored the potential for blockchain technology to help track and sell native foods and...
David Prestipino 28 Feb 2024
Cognitive bias played role in misdiagnosis of Aboriginal man, inquest hears
An emergency doctor has told an inquest “cognitive bias” played a role when he incorrectly diagnosed an Aboriginal man with a dr...
Dechlan Brennan 27 Feb 2024
Leading voices for Indigenous children present reform plan in Canberra
A delegation of Elders, senior leaders and representatives from Children’s Ground and Utyerre Apanpe (First Nations Educators Ne...
Giovanni Torre 27 Feb 2024

   Tom Zaunmayr   

Roebourne's emerging business scene recognised at annual Pilbara awards ceremony
Ieraramagardu's (Roebourne) burgeoning local economic scene has been recognised at the largest annual Pilbara business awards....
Tom Zaunmayr 9 Nov 2022
Leading news role opens up as National Indigenous Times eyes further east coast growth
A rare opportunity to play a leading editorial role in a rapidly expanding news organisation has been created at the National In...
Tom Zaunmayr 8 Nov 2022
Know an emerging leader in your community? Nominate them for WA's Young Achiever Awards
West Australians are being urged to nominate young Indigenous champions who have made a difference to their community for a majo...
Tom Zaunmayr 4 Nov 2022
A family and a team - Badu Island rugby league outfit playing for more than pride and trophies
Badu Island may be a speck on the Australian landscape, but at the Mackay Indigenous Rugby League Carnival, a Zenadth Kes (Torre...
Tom Zaunmayr 3 Nov 2022