I saw a map of languages spoken at home in Melbourne, by area. There were no surprises for me, except for an African language in West Heidelberg. While I know why, I am a little surprised to learn that.
I have heard of regrets from children of immigrants who never learnt the language of their parents and can't communicate with their grandparents, as their grandparents don't speak English at all and who may or may not even live overseas.
Now overseas born parents seem really focused on their children learning the language and culture of their home country, and surely that is not a bad thing.
It isn't, as long as it not at the expense of the language of world, English. Sorry Grace, French does not cut it in world usage.
I sort Australian English and accents into about six groups. There is the very well spoken, and there are not many of them. They live on a different planet to most Australians and I am hard pressed to think of one. Then there is the more academic style English, often slightly laborious but quite correct and has the best annunciation but still sounding Australian.
Then there is normal Australian, which I think I and R speak and most of my Aussie blog readers would speak. It may sound a bit odd to people of England and quite confusing to people in the US.
For native Aussies, there are two more accents, the country accent, not so great and with weird vowel sounds dropping of word endings and a rising at the end of sentences as if they are questions. Worse is the inner city rough accent, that often uses words from New York street life. There will often be the word 'dude' in a sentence. I really don't know where these people who say dude fit into the mix and is a temporary element of modern speech or permanent. I can barely tolerate being referred to as mate from a stranger, or bud, but sorry, I am not a dude.
Curious to me is the wog accent, and sorry, I can't think of a word to replace wog, but these are people who are born in or grow up in Australia but have partly picked up their parents' accent. I find the wog accent quite attractive, but I don't know such an accent will get speakers of such very far in high flying careers.
While it is all very admirable that children learn to speak the language of their immigrant parents, to speak Australian English well, without sounding posh or rough, is ever so important. Speaking Australian English well should be the parents' primary focus and another language secondary.
It may be a character fault of mine, but I am inclined to judge people by the way they speak.