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Polyglot Gathering Berlin 2014 + 2015

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rdearman
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 Message 25 of 85
22 June 2014 at 9:00pm | IP Logged 
I couldn't make the meeting in Berlin. Is there another one planned for 2015? If so, is there a website? If there isn't anything scheduled, I'd like to organise one in London.

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Lugubert
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 Message 26 of 85
22 June 2014 at 11:14pm | IP Logged 
A big Thank You to the organisers. So many things to coordinate, so many things that could have gone wrong but didn't.

Many thanks to all speakers and performers. I'll need a few more days to fully digest my notes, but it seems that there are several ideas that I can put to good use.

And fellow participants, you too were amazing! Not only as polyglots, linguists etc. but as friendly, entertaining, interesting people.

Around the Budapest meeting, I was using all my time to find a place to move to. It worked out excellently, so I'll do my very best not to miss any future gatherings. Berlin again would be OK for me, but I find London also attractive for general and personal reasons.

Edited by Lugubert on 22 June 2014 at 11:16pm

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patrickwilken
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 Message 27 of 85
23 June 2014 at 8:51am | IP Logged 
Lugubert wrote:

Around the Budapest meeting, I was using all my time to find a place to move to. It worked out excellently, so I'll do my very best not to miss any future gatherings. Berlin again would be OK for me, but I find London also attractive for general and personal reasons.


The problem with London and Paris is that accommodation and room rentals are very expensive. I used to organize academic conferences in Europe and I always avoided these two cities for that reason. There is no way you could have entry fees as low as in Berlin in London.
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Iversen
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 Message 28 of 85
23 June 2014 at 10:49am | IP Logged 
I have just returned from Berlin after the conference (plus a few days of regular tourism).

The problem now is that this event has set a standard which will be hard to surpass for any events in the future. We basically had four days with three concurrent lectures or other activities - even the empty spaces in the program were mostly filled out by people who had something to say and found a place to say it. And we 'worked' from 9 to 13 and 15-18 every single day, and there were also things going on in the evenings - in one case I spoke to a participant about the subjunctive in French until about 1 AM, and even though I hadn't booked meals apart from breakfast I found lots of people to speak to in the pauses. I was even interviewed once, hurray hurray.

Novi Sad will probably have another character. I expect it to have more local representatives and fewer 'tourists' than Berlin had, and it is impossible to guess what they bring along - although it is likely than the Slavic languages will get a quite prominent position, but Novi Sad seems to be a fairly multilingual place so I simply don't know what to expect. Maybe the local people turn out to be the most polyglot of the lot.

In Berlin I spoke more in notEnglish than I did in Budapest, and I had lots of opportunities to do so. This is certainly something that future conferences should try to follow up, for instance with 'gufujo'* rooms where you aren't allowed to speak the conference language (English) or your own language. We also had a string of 5 minute lectures which were organized during the conference and not before it - another idea it might be worth considering for future organizers.

* something like 'night owl container' in Esperanto

Edited by Iversen on 23 June 2014 at 10:55am

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Sprachprofi
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 Message 29 of 85
23 June 2014 at 2:51pm | IP Logged 
Feedback from participants has been overwhelming. Because of this, Martin, Chuck and I
are very likely organizing another Polyglot Gathering next year, and we're hoping that
the other co-organizers will also be game.

Here's my personal blog post about the Polyglot Gathering:
http://learnlangs.com/polyglot_gathering_2014

This doesn't mean that there can't be a polyglot event in London as well. The consensus
in the polyglot community seems to be that such events should happen anywhere from
twice a year to every weekend ;-) Berlin is one event, London might be no. 2, and who
knows, the Polyglot Conference in North America may also finally take shape. I don't
think it's too much. I'd recommend aiming for late-summer or autumn though, so that you
have enough time to find a team, distribute tasks, find a venue and reserve it. It's a
LOT of work, especially the first time. I would have gladly had more time; as-is, it
was a rush at times and I barely had any time for my job for the past few months. So
give yourself more time. Looking forward to seeing what will come of it!
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jeff_lindqvist
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 Message 30 of 85
23 June 2014 at 3:43pm | IP Logged 
Sprachprofi wrote:
Feedback from participants has been overwhelming. Because of this, Martin, Chuck and I are very likely organizing another Polyglot Gathering next year, and we're hoping that the other co-organizers will also be game.


Wow, this feels like an early Christmas gift. Count me in.
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rdearman
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 Message 31 of 85
23 June 2014 at 4:49pm | IP Logged 
Sprachprofi wrote:

This doesn't mean that there can't be a polyglot event in London as well. The consensus
in the polyglot community seems to be that such events should happen anywhere from
twice a year to every weekend ;-)


I'm quite interested in organising an event in the UK. Might need to be outside of London since as someone mentioned London is expensive, but the UK has a lot of lovely cities, Oxford, Cambridge, etc.

Would anyone be interested? If there is some interest, then I'll try to get some tips/tricks/hints off Sprachprofi for a "European Winter Polygot Gathering" somewhere in the UK.
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s_allard
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 Message 32 of 85
24 June 2014 at 5:14pm | IP Logged 
I'm still kicking myself for not making the Berlin Conference, but I hope to get to Novi Sad. In the meantime I want
to congratulate the organizers of the Berlin Conference. I would certainly encourage them to do another one next
year.


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