It’s official and wheels are in motion for our second Polyglot Conference! Join us in Novi Sad, Serbia on 10-12 October 2014. We would love to see as many people from the language community there as possible.
Novi Sad is an exquisite city, offering the linguistic diversity we crave as language enthusiasts. It makes for a perfect setting for this year’s Polyglot Conference. With the full backing of The Cultural Center of Novi Sad, we are in a great place to offer you an amazing conference this year, building on the success of Budapest.
How do you get involved?
Well first of all, join our Facebook page and Facebook group for Novi Sad to keep up-to-date with the chatter around the event itself. You can sign up to this site for updates to find out when registrations open.
What’s coming next on this page?
We will be putting out information regarding the speakers and topics covered in Novi Sad soon.
Finally, we would like to say a few words in response to this question we got through a number of channels…
What happened with the plans for the conference in Montreal?
Montreal has not gone away and we still plan to take the Polyglot Conference to the city. We simply had a great offer from Novi Sad to host an event there, that we could not refuse. After all, event organising from scratch does take a lot of work, especially when it’s done in your spare time…right?
As the organisation for Montreal was still in the early stages, we thought a slight push back on the dates for Canada would simply allow enough time to organise both conferences!
We look forward to seeing you in Novi Sad on 10-12 October this year!
One week after the very first Polyglot Conference became a success in Budapest, we still feel the spirit of the conference being among us. It was a great event, where people from all over the world came together, to share their passion for languages and everything related to it.
About 40 polyglots met on Friday evening already, to have dinner at “Centrál Kávéház“, a local restaurant. The atmosphere anticipated that the coming two days would be something extraordinary to all participants. This was the first time the participants could meet the person behind the language blog, the YT channel or the Twitter account.
The community met at “Kossuth Klub“, where all participants signed in and got their name tags. While entering the room and getting a seat, you could see the video made by Benny Lewis and numerous polyglots: “Skype Me Maybe”. And finally, at 10:00 local time, Richard Simcott and Luca Lampariello were welcoming everyone to this very first community event.
The first speaker on Saturday 18th was Veronika Tóth, on how to set up a local polyglot club or language exchange group, and presenting “Budapest Melting Pot“ and “Language Exchange International“, one of the sponsors of the Polygot Conference. Afterwards, Susanna Zaraysky spoke about saving endangered languages with music and technology. She presented a video, where two young men sang in Huiliche, an endangered language spoken in Chile, and pointed out, that there were projects dedicated to saving languages all over the world, such as the project of the ”Alliance for Linguistic Diversity“. She also presented a trailer of her documentary “Saved by Language”, where a boy was able to save his life during World War II, by speaking Ladino.
Carole Westerkamp then spoke about NLP (neurolinguistic programming) and how to use those techniques to improve our own learning methods. After Carole’s talk, the community watched a video message by Michael Erard, author of the book “Babel No More”. The next speaker, Judith Meyer, had a talk about computational linguistics, future machine translation and how human translators will always be needed.
After lunch, Esperanto teachers Zsófia Pataki and Eva Fitzelová spoke about the advantages of learning Esperanto, followed by Alex Rawlings, who had an interesting talk about the wider picture of learning smaller languages (such as Dutch and Yiddish). Last not least, Benny Lewis shared many great tips about language blogging/vlogging and how to go viral.
On Sunday 19th, the conference began with a video message by Steve Kaufmann, founder of LingQ. The first speaker was Robert Bigler, who presented his work as an interpreter, pointing out differences between translating and interpreting, and sharing a few anecdotes. After this first presentation, two new logo options made by graphic designer Géri Dellsperger, creative director at “Hinchas Futbol Club” (a cross-cultural TV show), were presented to the participants. The new logo will be the official logo of the Polyglot Conference in the future. The participants voted for the logo with the speech bubbles!
Ryan Boothe then spoke about conflict mediation and about how conflicts and different views can bring up wonderful solutions and great progress, if the parties open their minds for a reconciliation process. Thereupon, Anthony Lauder was bringing the house down, while explaining why polyglots were successful in learning languages, in contrast to “PolyNots”.
Lunchtime was again a great experience, where people from all over the world sat together to enjoy the delicious food served at the venue. The most frequent languages used were probably Spanish and English, but also a few “smaller” ones, such as Macedonian, Thai, Dutch, Greek, Esperanto, Turkish, Albanian, etc.
The afternoon began with Attila Mártonfi, research fellow at the Research Institute for Linguistics (Hungarian Academy of Sciences Department of Lexicology and Lexicography) and author of the biggest Hungarian orthographic handbook, speaking about Hungarian language interpreting Hungarian-English. English teacher Svetlana Gracheva explained how to learn languages from home, without travelling. Following, Bálint Korösi, author of the most popular Hungarian language learning blog “Öt év – öt nyelv”, spoke about learning languages and linking them to other hobbies and passions.
To close the conference, the founders of the Polyglot Conference presented their topics: Richard Simcott had a talk about using languages for online moderation and community management, and shared some informatoin about his role, experiences and the services and opportunities offered by eModeration, another sponsor of the Polyglot Conference. Luca Lampariello shared some ideas about how to make languages work for you, and he spoke about his language learning journey and methods.
We actually lost track about the numerous links, tweets, posts, articles, pictures and comments shared during the conference and afterwards. Certainly, the participants went back home quite energized by the catching atmosphere… At the moment there are a few new projects emerging. We will keep you updated about them.
While the official videos recorded at the conference are being cut, enhanced and finished, have a look at this video, where Brian, one of the participants, gives a nice summary of what happened at the conference: “Polyglot Conference Budapest Recap“.
Share your thoughts
What about you? Have you been to the very first Polyglot Conference too? Did it inspire you? What did you like most about this conference?
Share your ideas, ask your questions, give your opinion, make suggestions, encourage our team, make compliments, post your reflections, share your inspiration, make corrections where needed, leave some constructive criticism, etc. We appreciate your input!
Needless to say that interactions should be polite. Any rude, disrespectful or abusive comment will be deleted, as well as spam, trolling or non-sense text.
We hope you will be able to join us in Budapest on 18-19 May 2013. For more details on the Polyglot Conference in Budapest, please go to the www.polyglotconference.org, where we will be updating the details and programme for the event very soon.
If you are able to support the project financially, please consider a donation to meet the costs we cannot otherwise cover with voluntary contributions and help from the language community. You can make a donation at: http://www.gofundme.com/22gv40
Four years after the first YouTube videos from polyglots appeared, we are ready to move forward with the community.
So many of you have been active in the online language community to share stories, comment on methods, language displays, exchange ideas and help other with a host of resources you have found useful.
Now it is time to take elements of things we have seen along the way, meet-ups, hints and tips from language learners, language exchanges and get the community together.
Is it just for polyglots?
No! It is for ALL language learners, who have an interest in hearing more about languages and how they can use them.
Be part of the global network of language learners, connect with the online community. Get the support you need to succeed in your language learning.
Enrich the experience, join us at the first Internet Polyglot Conference in Europe in May 2013.
How can you get involved?
We need you to tell us when you want to happen, how you want it to happen and where you want it to happen. You can input into the whole process and make these annual Polyglot Conferences what you want them to be.
How do I get contact you?
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