October 18-20, 2019

Fukuoka, Japan



During the Polyglot Conference on Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October we will likely organise a number of language workshops for participants. If you are interested in hosting a workshop, the please do reach out to us at our Polyglot Conference e-mail address.


You can find information about those talks and workshops here in due course!

Introduction to the Uyghur Language

This presentation will introduce the audience to the fundamentals of the Uyghur language, a language with a rich literary history, much of which is shared with Uzbek as well as Chaghatay – the language of the early Mughal rulers of India.

Introduction to the Tuvinian Language

The Tuvinian language is spoken in Tuva Republic in the southern part of Siberia in Russia and Mongolia. I was born and raised in this region which is historically, culturally and linguistically is way more different from any other 89 regions of Russia. The Tuvinian language was twice transformed and changed. Firstly, when they used the Mongolian alphabet to write, and secondly after the period of time when Tuva became a part of the USSR. Then, the alphabet was changed to Cyrillic. The Tuvininan language has borrowed Turkic, Mongolian and Russian words.

Introduction to the Sundanese Language

The presentation will be started by basic information of Sundanese, such as where it is spoken, how much is the speaker, and some basic linguistics aspects of Sundanese (sounds, sample sentences, etc.). Then I will deliver some unique aspects of Sundanese that is not found in other languages. I will describe how Sundanese language and culture intertwine to produce its own linguistic aspects, such as how the activity of "cooking rice" can generate certain words and how the simple invention of rice cooker has erased all words relating to the activity of rice cooking.

Strategies, Techniques and Methods for learning languages.

What are the latest language learning methods and techniques? What strategies can we apply to learn languages efficiently? In this talk you will learn about a wide range of language learning methods, strategies and techniques. This is not about telling you what the best method is but about providing you with some inspiring methods and efficient techniques that you could try out to reach your language goals. There will also be a discussion about learning strategies. Come along!

The Language of Love and Loss:

Cross Cultural and Linguistic Expressions of Grief and Loss. Death is among the few things that is common to the experience of every human being regardless of language or culture. This will be an interactive presentation that focuses on the language that we use in our disparate tongues to talk about and process grief and loss. This presentation will focus on exploring different linguistic expressions of grief around the world in multiple languages. This workshop will also challenge participants to think about how they use their own language to discuss death and how death shapes our language.

Introduction to the Scots Language

Scots is one of three native languages spoken in Scotland today, the other two being English and Scottish Gaelic. There is no standard Scots language but instead the various dialects such as Glaswegian, Lallans, Doric and several others are collectively known as the Scots language. Scots originated after the arrival of the Angles from Germany to north-east England in the 7th century. They brought the Old English language to England. In the centuries that followed, Scots developed as a language that was distinct from its sister language in England. Scots was discouraged within schools until very recently. It remained a language that people were most comfortable using within families and their local community. Many native speakers are unable to write in Scots for this reason. Now a revival is taking place and the written language is now part of the Scottish education system. This workshop will tell the story of Scots and teach you some expressions, phrases and grammar.