My second visit to the markets found me focusing on the specific languages spoken and the music playing. Because the signage was all in English, i was very interested to see what different interactions i would come across. I presumed that because the majority of residents come from the Middle East or Asia, that would be heard the most. However, i overheard quite a diverse range of languages being spoken.

As soon as I arrived at the front gates, i heard a family conversing in what i concluded was a type of Indian language. I also came across a stall owned by an Italian couple who were comfortable conversing in their own language but were also able to speak basic English with their customers. As i walked around the markets, i noticed that vendors were very comfortable speaking in their native language with customers that spoke their language.

However, what surprised me the most was when i walked past a veggie stall owned by a Vietnamese man who knew how to speak Arabic. He managed to use a Middle Eastern greeting with a few of his customers and was able to count money in Arabic. I thought this was very clever and concluded that because he was selling vegetables that are predominantly used in Middle Eastern dishes. EG: Lebanese cucumbers, parsley and zucchini, his intention was to establish a connection. In terms of music, i walked past a stall selling Middle Eastern music and so they were playing the music that they were selling in order to attract customers. Other then that, i did not hear any other music playing. I observed the markets for about half an hour and managed to hear Vietnamese, Italian, Arabic, Assyrian and Indian being spoken.

All in all, at the end of my visit, i came to the conclusion that the reason why everyone was so comfortable to speak their native language was because it is such a multicultural space and quite a few vendors were selling things that were related to their culture, EG: food, jewellery and clothing. I also decided that vendors and customers chose to speak their native language because it made them feel more at home and were able to create their own little community.

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Yvonne Gahshan Z5015935

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