To truly understand and be fluent in a language you have to know more than its grammar and vocabulary, you have to be connected to the cultural and social environment that surrounds it. This means you should at the very least be able to understand some pop culture references, to know a little abut about its history and to know some of the places it is used as a native tongue.
This is why we continue our series of “Would you live in…?” articles; to show you some of the most interesting, diverse and opportunity filled cities in the world that also call English their mother tongue.
So, Would You Live In Sydney?
Sydney is the largest city in Australia as well as the largest in Oceania. Located on the south-east coast of the country, this multicultural metropolis boasts a population of nearly 4.5 million people.
The reason Sydney is such an interesting city is its huge immigrant/non-native population, with nearly 1.5 million of its inhabitants not being born in Australia. With over 250 languages spoken from all across the globe, Sydney is a unique canopy of cultures with one third of its population speaking a language other than English at home.
But why then, should a person that is learning English head to a city where the native tongue is hardly spoken?
Well, Sydney is one of the most important financial and industrial centers in the world with a yearly GDP similar to that of countries like Denmark or Singapore. The industrial, production and service industry are also some of the largest in the world with countless job opportunities to be had. Sydney is also the financial capital of Australia and one of the biggest financial centers in the world. The job market can be just one of the reasons why someone would choose to live in Sydney but things don’t stop with that.
Sydney is also a world renowned tourist destination with millions of visitors from all parts of the globe coming there to see the many natural and man-made wonders the city has to offer. Amongst these wonders you will see the famous Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Harbour Bridge or The Royal Botanical Gardens.
With a population that exceeds 4 million people, with migrants from 250 countries the cultural life in Sydney is as rich as it can possibly be. Each culture is well represented and has brought its amazing foods, celebrations, music and many more, contributing to fantastic life quality the city has.
The weather is also near perfect year round and with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and you’ve got all the ingredients for a perfect city.
As someone who speaks English as a second language, Sydney is an ideal city for you to travel to or live in as you can certainly make yourself understood without being fluent. Also, you can probably meet up with some organizations or expats from your home country and ask for advice and suggestions on how to make your stay nicer.
If you prefer a big, busy, diverse, highly cultural, financially potent and extremely beautiful city then you definitely should give Sydney a try.