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Welcome to Bilingual Families Perth

Bilingual Families Perth is a not for profit network of linguistically diverse people in Western Australia.

Our network connects over 500 families and individuals from more than 40 language backgrounds. In the past 10 years we have provided support for families who speak Afrikaans, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Cantonese, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Farsi, Finnish, French, German, Gujarati, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Macedonian, Malay, Malayalam, Mandarin, Mongolian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Samoan, Serbian, Spanish, Swahili, Swiss-German, Swedish, Tagalog, Tamil, Turkish, Vietnamese besides various dialects of the relevant languages.

Most families have pre-school or school aged children and we are experiencing similar issues while raising our children in more than oke language. We also work together with professionals who share information on bilingualism. We can probably put you in touch with people who speak your language.


Current activities:

Follow us on facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/BilingualFamiliesPerth, also please sign up to our newsletter by clicking the orange button on the top right of this homepage.

Our Strategic Plan 2017-2022 has been finalised at the Annual General Meeting on 11 November 2017. Bilingual Families Perth is holding a Planning Workshop on Thursday 23 November in Bedford, 6-8:30pm, open too all members. The aim for this two hour event is to determine the focus areas for 2018. Please rsvp to bilingualfamilies@yahoo.com.au and bring a plate of food to share. The address will be supplied after registration. The participation is free of charge. Please renew your membership by downloading the form from our website.

Join in singing German Christmas Carols on Sunday 10 December 2017 at Lake Jualbup in Shenton Park, song sheets provided. BYO picnic and German Christmas stories and poems. Free event at south-east corner of lake, 6-8pm. Unser traditionelles Singen von deutschen Weihnachtsliedern findet diesmal am 2. Advent statt. Wir treffen uns ab 18Uhr in Shenton Park am Lake Jualbup, Suedostecke vom See. Bitte Weihnachtsgedichte, Geschichten und Freunde mitbringen. Die ganze Familie ist herzlich willkommen.

Our next workshop on Raising Children in more than one language is on Saturday 10 March 2018 in Mount Hawthorn. This parent workshop gives an introduction into bilingualism and includes strategies, tips and tricks for bilingual families. Cost: $30 per person, $25 for members, $10 for concession card holders. Fees include hand-outs. Limit: 12 participants, non-mobile babies welcome. Registration is required. The workshop is repeated quarterly.

Our traditional family fun event Easter Egg Rolling on Easter Monday, 2 April 2018. Bring a plate of food to share and some coloured hard boiled eggs for our egg and spoon races and the all time favourite easter egg throwing games. All languages welcome, bring your friends and the whole family. Free event and no rsvp required. Just come along to Banks Reserve at Joel Terrace in Mount Lawley, along the banks of the Swan. Event starts at 11am, games commence at 12noon.

Don't miss our traditional Multicultural Lantern Walk on Saturday 23 June 2018. Walk starts at 6pm sharp from the outside the Sticky Beak Cafe  at the Ivey Watson playground in Kings Park. Please bring your family and friends and your own lanterns. Arrive from 5:30pm and learn some German lantern songs. You might want to take the opportunity for a picnic and get there even earlier. No open fire please, free event, no rsvp required. Easy tips to make your own lantern.

We are still trying to organise a Workshop in Margaret River in 2017, more info to come soon.

If you would like to host a workshop in Geraldton, Bunbury, Kimberley or Southwest of WA, please let us know? We are still keen on holding a workshop in other regional centres, such as Broome or York and other towns in the Southwest of WA sometime in the future. Please send an e-mail to bilingualfamilies@yahoo.com.au if you are interested in regional workshops and especially if you could give us a hand with organising them.


Bilinguals Connect: (now sorted by language)

Ilonke is looking for some Afrikaans speaking playgroup in preferably southern suburbs of Perth. Contact her by e-mail on walco_aust@bigpond.com

Morsi lives in Bellevue near the hills with a three year old boy. He speaks Egyptian Arabic and is looking for a Sunday playgroup where children can play and interact with each other in Arabic. Please contact or email morsiman@ymail.com.

Wafa lives in Huntingdale with a 4yo girl. She would like her girl to interact with other Arabic speaking childen. The meetings would have to be on a weekend. Please contact her on wafa.lama@hotmail.com.

A new Arabic speaking playgroup has started in February 2017. The name of the group is 'Ahlan Perth Fun Group'. They have created a group in facebook too. They meet on Sundays every 2 weeks, from 2:00PM to 4:00PM in the East Victoria Park Family and Community Centre 248 Gloucester St, East Victoria Park. The program is run in Arabic by different members of the group.Coordinator is Maria, call her on 0428 130 091 or maria.c.maggi@gmail.com. (Feb17)

Rawah lives in the City of Cockburn with school aged children. Contact her on or rawaakram2000@yahoo.com.

The Czech Kids Language Club is meeting at Woodlands Primary School on Saturday mornings 9:45-11:45. Ring Tereza to find out more on .

Just to let you know that the Dutch Playgroup Perth moved to a new venue. The new address is Cottesloe Scout and Community Centre, 65 Eric Street @ Cottesloe. Contact: dutchplaygroupperth@hotmail.com or you can have a look at the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dutch-Playgroup-Perth/210093352389116 (Jan15)

Samar is a Farsi speaker who has recently moved to Perth with her young family, incl a 20 months old boy. She is looking for same language speakers in the Connelly area. Contact her on 0413 297 371. (Mar16)

A Finnish playgroup meets on a casual basis in the northern suburbs. For more information, please look up the Facebook group 'Finnish Playgroup (Perth)'. You can also join the Facebook group called 'Perthin Suomi-koulu'.

The Perth Finnish School meets at the Immanuel Finnish Lutheran Church at 30 Nicol  Road, Parkwood WA 6147.  More information can be found at http://www.suomikirkkoperth.com/suomi-koulu.html or via email suomikouluperth@gmail.com . Tervetuloa!

The French School of Perth in Woodvale has some vacancies. Mondays and Tuesdays 8.40am-3.30pm. More details and enrolments on or at frenchschoolofperth@hotmail.com. Courses start in February, website www.123soleil.com.au. (Jan15)

Tatjana looks after a facebook page for French speaking parents in Perth - "French parents in Perth". She would love to meet more French speakers and is looking into establishing a French playgroup in Claremont on Friday mornings. Her boy is 2yo old. Contact her on or email tatianacalderondsa@gmail.com.

2015 Kids Language Club in Rockingham in French and German. Ombeline opened The Reef Kids in Margaret River where she has been running French and German playgroups and also offers classes for primary children. She is a LOTE teacher and overseas pre-primary teacher with over 10 years experience all around the world. In 2015 she will be moving to Rockingham and wants to start a Kids Language club and classes for children in the Rockingham area. Get in touch with her, if you are interested thereefkids@bilingualfamilies.net.

A German Playgroup for parents with children from 0-5 years meets in the eastern suburbs on Thursdays 3:30-5:30pm at the Bayswater Family Centre, 53 Murray Street, Bayswater, WA 6053, Activity Room 2. Contact: bayswaterplaygroup@gmail.com.

From February 2017 the German Playgroup meets on a Friday between 9-11am in Kingsley at The Homestead, 48 Peregrine Drive, Kingsley, WA 6026 . For more information and to find out about vacancies please e-mail kcfcpmemberships@gmail.com.

Anja wants to meet German speaking parents with newborn babies in Beeliar near Freo (SOR), please get in touch with her on or email anjagoltz@yahoo.de.

The Coastal Playgroup in City Beach has a Japanese session (Thursday morning) running for years, which is very popular. As per Term 1/2016, they are starting a German speaking session (Monday morning), and this is an invitation for more families to join, please email coastalplaygroup@gmail.com.

Gemma has a 1 year old and a 4 year old and they are looking for any Hebrew speaking families, based SOR. Please email shazsalo@hotmail.co.uk.

Maria is interested  in meeting new mum’s who have an Italian background to form a mother’s group which can later become a playgroup. She lives south of the river close to Fremantle. Contact her on maria.bonini@gmail.com. (Jan15) 

The Japanese Playgroups at the Bayswater Family Centre have some vacancies. Sessions are on Tuesdays and Fridays both 11-1pm. Please contact enrolment officer Adele on 9279 1613 or email bayswaterplaygroup@gmail.com

Sasha lives in Innaloo with her husband Pem and two boys (8 and 1 year). They are  looking for some Lao speaking adults and children in Perth. Contact her by e-mail on sashcoaching@gmail.com. 

A Polish Playgroup in Perth meets every Friday between 9am and 11am at Whitford Family Centre, 21 Endeavour Rd, Hillarys.

A Russian speaking playgroup meets weekly on Saturdays between 4 and 6pm at the Highgate Primary School. Their website is www.highgateplaygroup.org.au and email is Highgate.Playgroup@gmail.com. (Sept16). The group runs on Saturday from 4pm-6pm, so mum's and dad's could attend.

Greg is looking for Samoan speakers in Perth and Fremantle with the aim to organise language activities for children. Please contact him on greg_alai@yahoo.com , if you are interested.

Vladilena is looking for other Serbian speakers  around Joondalup,Hillarys, Karrinyup. Her son is 17 month and a 6 yo daughter. Contact her on 0435 062 865 or via PM https://www.facebook.com/jedna.dzoli . (Mar17)

Daniela has a 2.5yo son. She would like to get in touch with other individuals who are interested in the Serbian language in order to increase exposure to the language for her son; and for herself to improve her skills. She lives in Karrinyup, contact her kolundzija_daniela@yahoo.com.au or 0451 797 631. (Mar16)

A Spanish Kids Language Discovery Club has started in Noranda and is running strong! The cost is now $40 per family per term. Places still available. We are now opening a second one in Doubleview on Wednesdays after school for those families who could not attend on Thursdays.To communicate your interest please see BFP facebook page or contact Raquel on 0431 671 011. Children must speak the language or understand it. (Aug15)

The Spanish Playgroup meets every Thursday morning at the Cottesloe Scout and Community Centre, 65 Eric Street in Cottesloe. The group is ideal for children from 0-6 years and family members or carers who speak Spanish. Come and share your language and culture amongst friends, sing songs, share morning tea, do craft and play. For more info or questions please call Maria on 0430 180 995 or email: spanishplaygroupperth@hotmail.com. Also take a look at our Facebook Page 'Spanish Playgroup'! (Jun15)

Catherine is looking for bilingual people in Geraldton, especially Spanish speakers. If you are interested in making new bilingual friends and live in Gero, please email info@bilingualfamilies.net.

Lena is looking for Ukrainan and/or Russian speakers with small children in Perth, she lives NOR. Best way to get in touch is by e-mail to lena.garina@gmail.com.

Sarah is keen on meeting other Vietnamese speakers for language exposure to her daughter (2.5 years) who was adopted from Vietnam. She is interested in forming a playgroup. Sarah does not speak Vietnamese herself. Please contact her on sarsharp@hotmail.com. (Sept16)

Other activities:

Bilingual Childcare. The Mulberry Tree Childcare Centre in Mount Hawthorn offers Spanish childcare support. The Italian Australian Childcare Centre in North Perth and the Asilo Bilingual Childcare & Learning Centre in Yokine offers childcare in Italian.

It's easy to search for Bilingual Playgroups on the website of Playgroup WA http://www.playgroupaustralia.com.au/wa/. Just select the language you are looking for on the drop down menu. Contact details for each group are provided on the page. Check out their noticeboard here: http://playgroupwa.com.au/News-and-Notices/Noticeboard/. Services are limited to children under compulsory schooling age.

Directory of Services for Newly Arrived Migrants, focusing on services available in Western Australia - http://www.omi.wa.gov.au/omi_msd_output.cfm?servicetype=8. Language Services: http://www.omi.wa.gov.au/omi_msd_output.cfm?servicetype=14

Follow Bilingual Families Perth on facebook. If you are on facebook, please 'like' us and you will be notified of interesting posts for bilingual people. https://www.facebook.com/#!/BilingualFamiliesPerth


Important dates for 2017 and beyond:  

  • Sunday 10 December 2017 - German Christmas Charols at Shenton Park
  • Tuesday 21 February 2018 - International Mother Language Day
  • Saturday 10 March 2018 - Parent Workshop ' Raising Children in more than one Language', North Perth
  • Easter Monday 2 April 2018 - Easter Egg Rolling Family Fun Event
  • Saturday 23 June 2018 - Multicultural Lantern Walk at Kings Park


This page was last updated on 11 November 2017.




Upcoming Events

  • 23.11.2017BFP 2018 Planning Workshop
  • 10.12.2017German Christmas Carols - Deutsches Weihnachtslieder Singen
  • 21.02.2018International Mother Language Day
  • 10.03.2018Workshop - Raising Children in More than One Language
  • 23.06.2018Multicultural Lantern Walk
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