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More languages are spoken in Melbourne than there are countries in the world, a cacophony of 251 tongues whose voices stretch to all corners of the city.

It is a thoroughly modern metropolis, a changing city where as older European voices begin to trail off, Mandarin's volume grows louder, particularly in the inner city.

It's a city that can be justifiably proud of its linguistic diversity and one whose forefathers might scarcely recognise from the discussions around them. But demographers warn Melbourne's melting-pot status could be at risk as rising house prices force new migrants into concentrated pockets.




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Melbourne language study reveals a cacophony of diversity