The universal appeal of lullaby Twinkle Twinkle Little Star was displayed on Tuesday with local youngsters and visiting Japanese students joining together in song.
Warrnambool West Primary School year one and two students and visiting teenagers from the Kyushu district sang the song in English and in Japanese.
They also made and decorated stars and learnt how to fold paper using the Japanese art form of origami.
Teacher Anne Robertson said the lesson gave the children a connection to the words they learn in class and reinforced that “real people speak Japanese.”
“It allows the children to broaden their horizons and (think) ‘maybe one day I can go to Japan, maybe I can go and see my friend that I met’,” she said.
Taro Arano, 16, said the visit helped him improve his conversation skills. “English is important because we have to use English at work. My dream is to work overseas,” he said.
Brauer College students are hosting the teens during their 12-day visit.