Q. What is a polyglot?
A. A polyglot is a person who speaks multiple languages. The Polyglot Conference is a conference about multiple languages.
Q. How many languages do I have to be able to speak to attend the Polyglot Conference?
A. There is no minimum requirement, and certainly no entrance test! The Polyglot Conference is not about numbers, but about passion. It is open to everyone who loves language. The idea behind the conference was to create a space to come together and share in that. Every year we welcome hobbyists, professionals, academics, entrepreneurs, publishers, everybody and anybody to the conference.
Q. Who attends the Polyglot Conferences?
A. The events are designed for anyone who loves language: teachers, interpreters, translators, students, scholars, language bloggers, linguists, writers and people who simply want to know more about languages.
Q. What do you get out of attending a conference?
A. You will meet other language enthusiasts, discuss new learning resources and techniques, learn about new linguistic research, enjoy the unique culture of the host city Ljubljana, speak in different languages to the many attendees from different parts of the world, and generally spend a weekend focusing on language in a way that most of us are unable to do in our normal lives.
Q. Is there a minimum age requirement?
A. The Polyglot Conference is intended for adults, but highly motivated and mature teenagers (16+) are welcome. If you are under 18, an adult guardian will need to register and attend along with you. If you are under 16 and really want to attend, please send us a message explaining your situation and we’ll be happy to deal with each application on a case by case basis.
Q. What is the difference between the Polyglot Conference and other Polyglot events?
A. The Polyglot Conference was the first and remains the original event at which language lovers scattered around the globe have the chance to meet in person. We pride ourselves on keeping the event professional and striving each time to spread the message of multilingualism to an ever wider audience. Anyone can submit a proposal to speak at the event, but as the event has continued to grow the organisers have worked hard to seek out high quality speakers from outside the online polyglot community to present at the conference as well. The Polyglot Conference is held in a different location each year and seeks to celebrate the host city of each event in the programme. To make sure nobody misses out, the Conference is always held on a weekend, meaning you shouldn’t have to take too much time off work to attend.
Q. What should I do about visa requirements?
A. You may need to obtain a Schengen visa for entry to Slovenia. Schengen visas can be obtained at any of the Schengen countries’ embassies in the world. If there is no Slovenian Embassy in your country, you may be able to apply at another Embassy. Do check with the Embassy about your movements in the Schengen zone, especially where your first point of entry will be. Strictly speaking you are meant to apply at the Schengen country’s embassy where you plan to start your trip in the Schengen area. If you need a letter confirming your participation in the Polyglot Conference, please write to use our contact to get in touch with the specific letter requirements for your country. You will need to register before the letter can be issued. Please retain your registration receipt as proof of having paid to participate in the event.
Q. How do I get to Ljubljana?
Ljubljana is is served by “Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport” international airport (also referred to by its old name of “Brnik”, located 26 km outside Ljubljana. There are regular transfer from the airport to Ljubljana city centre, including bus and private transfers. More information is on the getbybus website.
There are also a number of international bus and train options to Ljubljana, so you can explore flights to cities nearby also. You could even make a mini-European tour! Slovenia is a small, well-connected country, so we can easily travel across it quickly.
Q. Is it safe to travel to Slovenia?
Slovenia is one of the safest countries in the world, with hardly any crime at all. Have a look at some of the stats here as a starting point.
Q. What is the registration fee for the Polyglot Conference in Ljubljana?
A. Prices for this year TBC. Weekend tickets to previous conferences have costed between €100-180 EUR. The Polyglot Conference operate a tiered pricing system, making tickets cheapest when bought in advance. Concession rates are available to those who are unable to pay the full amount, and there are day tickets for those unable to attend the entire weekend. All tickets include lunch and refreshments provided by our on-site caterers. To find out about special offers and promotions, subscribe to our mailing list.
Q. What is the cancellation and refund policy?
A. All requests for refund must be made in writing to this email address no later than 27th September, 2017. Refund requests will be subject to a cancellation and processing fee and will be refunded in the same manner payment was made. Refunds will not be processed until after the conference. All substitution requests must be in writing from the original registrant.
Q. Are the talks recorded?
A. Yes! we record all of our talks, so the information can be later accessed by anyone interested in the topics discussed. We believe in sharing our knowledge with the widest possible audience, so we can be an inclusive organisation. All presenters at the conference have to accept this condition before they take to the stage.
Q. Is there photography and filming outside the presentations?
A. Yes. We have group photos, which you can opt out of, if you prefer (though you are unlikely to be recognised from them as the group is very big). There are some photos taken by participants and our own photographers for use on social media. If you feel that someone has taken a photo of you, where you can be identified and would not like that to appear, please do tell that person directly. We will always do our best to honour wishes of anonymity. However we cannot control or take responsibility for every attendee.
Q. What are the start and end times?
A. Usually we run from around 9am through to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. We have a Friday welcome event from 6-8pm. On Friday this year we will also have the Friday Language Learning Event, running from 9am-5pm roughly. Exact timings will be made public soon.
Q. What happens on Friday 26th October?
A. In Ljubljana we have added a day before the usual conference days of Saturday and Sunday for anyone interested in exploring language learning techniques. We will be inviting a number of people to speak throughout the day, sharing their expertise on how to maximise on your language learning. This day will be attached to the conference, but it will work as a separate day to the main conference proper.
Q. Will there be any additional tours or courses?
A. Yes! We are looking to organise tours to Bled and Postojna Cave for attendees. Tickets will be open in due course. We are also looking to organise Slovene language courses for foreigners in conjunction with the Centre for Slovene as a Second and Foreign Language
Q. How will the talks run?
A. We have two tracks at the conference and we will also run workshops on various language-related topics. There will also be a language practice area for participants to use their languages with others.
Q. What do I get for my ticket?
A. You get he live experience of being at the conference. That time with hundreds of likeminded people makes the conference special. You get to interact with the speakers in person. You get face time with our sponsors, who have stalls at the event. You also get a bag with some goodies and lunch on both days.
Q. What about accommodation? Do you have discounts?
A. Yes, we have the following hotels offering discounts for our participants over the three days of the conference. These offers are limited by date (10th September 2018) and by number of rooms. If none of these options works for you, then please do make your own arrangements.
Q. Can I sign up for a Slovene course at the time of the conference?
Title: Polyglot Intensive Course of Slovene (A1–A2)
Interested in Slovene? Take this 3-day opportunity to learn it! In 5 classes a day with an experienced teacher. You will learn some basic communication patterns or refresh what you
have already learnt.
Dates and times: 24.-26. 10. 2018, 9:00-13:15
Location: University of Ljubljana (Kongresni trg 12, Ljubljana)
Fee: 135 euros (includes teaching materials)
For registration and further information follow this link!