October 18-20, 2019

Fukuoka, Japan



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 Fukuoka, 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 visa to travel to Japan. Check to see if your country is on the visa-exempt list for short-term travel to Japan. A Japanese visa can be applied for at your nearest Japanese Embassy. If there is no Japanese Embassy in your country, you may be able to apply at another Embassy. 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 Fukuoka?

A. Fukuoka is is served by “Fukuoka Airport”, located in the city limits and just a 15-minute taxi ride from the heart of Fukuoka’s Hakata area. There are regular metro transfer from the airport’s domestic terminal  to the city centre (a free bus from the international terminal to the domestic terminal is also available). You can also take a taxi from outside the airport too. Taxi drivers in Japan use a taxi metre and are extremely honest as a general rule.

You may also wish to travel in from a number of other points in Japan by bullet train, direct to Hakata station.

For further information, check out the trains and busses in Japan!

Q. How cheap is it to get to Fukuoka?

It depends where you are coming from to get to us in Fukuoka. In any case we have set up the following link to get some discounts for you on your airfares: https://goo.gl/1XurfF

You can also look at the Japan Rail Pass website for information on rail travel around the country too.

Q. Is it safe to travel to Japan?

Japan is one of the safest countries in the world, with hardly any crime at all. Nevertheless, we encourage you to take the same kinds of precautions as normal when travelling in a foreign country to stay safe.

Q. Where can I find vegan options in Japan?

A. There is a website you can check out before you arrive to see what takes your fancy here: https://www.happycow.net/asia/japan/fukuoka/

Q. Are there any cultural considerations I need to think about in Japan when using public transport?

A. When you travel in Japan, it is important to remember that locals are used to travelling in a quiet atmosphere. Shouting or speaking loudly on public transport is likely to be met with disapproval. You should also not eat or drink on public transport, or even at the station platform.

Q. How much should I tip in Japan?

A. Zero. People in Japan do their work and are paid appropriately. Tipping is not customary and people may be offended, if you offer one.

Q. What is the deal with vending machines in Japan?

A. There are vending machines everywhere in Japan. You can by snacks and hot and cold drinks easily. Remember that walking and eating in Japan is not looked upon favourably, so consider finding a nice spot to sit before you consume what you have purchased.

Q. How should I behave in Japanese hourse, shrines and temples in Japan?

A. If you go into a house or building, such as a shrine, you usually take off your shoes. You should also not eat or drink in sacred places as doing so shows disrespect for local traditions.

Q. Can you give me some hints or links as a traveler to Japan?

A. Japan Rail Pass is a great way to see Japan for a very reasonable price (a one week pass costs less than the normal fare between Tokyo and Fukuoka). Enjoy incredible service on Japan’s super high-speed trains.
Check it out if you have a few days free before/after the conference.

Fukuoka NOW has a very useful website available in English, Japanese, Chinese and Korean, where you can explore such categories as “Food & Drink,” “Thinks to Do,” “Shopping,” and more.

Japan-guide.com has a section on Fukuoka with a simple intro and a list of attractions.

MATCHA also offers a Fukuoka Travel Guide – Things To Do, Food, And Tips

There is a good Fukuoka on a Budget guide offering a lot of useful information.

Information about the Fukuoka, Kyushu and tours is available at Japan Kyushu Tourist

Q. What about the Rugby World Cup in Japan at the same time?

A. We have been in locations where marathons are going on at the same time as the Polyglot Conference and it still went by without a hitch. In fact these events bring in people from all over the world and add to the atmosphere of the country generally, highlighting exactly what we’re about as a conference. So you can check out these dates and times for the Rugby World Cup in japan to see where you want to be for a match, or where you want to avoid as you plan your trip to get away from the crowds. However you decide, enjoy it! Just remember to book your accommodation in time, if you are near a match during part of your trip!

Q. What is the registration fee for the Polyglot Conference in Fukuoka?

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. Lunch and refreshments can be purchased in addition at the canteen and on-site vending machines and will include meat-free options. Free water and green tea is available from the same canteen area. 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 17th September, 2019. 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 Language Exchange Event, running from 10am-5pm roughly. Exact timings will be made public soon.

Q. What happens on Friday 18th October?

A. At the venue in Fukuoka we have added a day before the usual conference days (Saturday and Sunday) for anyone interested in meeting other participants and local language students. We will hold a day of language exchanges to maximise your experience together with us. 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 in Japan for attendees. Details of these and tickets will be open in due course. We will also look at options for language lessons too.

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 the 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.

Q. What about accommodation? Do you have discounts?

A. Yes, we have the following hotels offering discounts for our participants over the days of the conference. These offers are limited by date (check the cut off dates for each option) and by number of rooms. If none of these options works for you, then please do make your own arrangements.

WeBase Hakata hostel

Reserve your place by filling out this form!

The rates are as below. The deadline for this accommodation option is 24th September 2019.

Q. Can I sign up for a Japanese course at the time of the conference?

We hope to bring you language courses at the time of the conference also and we will release information about them as soon as they have been agreed.