Learning a new language can be lonely. And while the Internet connects us with other language learners across the globe, sometimes it’s just nice to get out and meet other people who share your passion.
This year, I’m attending my FIRST language event and I am just over the moon excited. I can’t wait to finally meet all of you face to face.
So in the spirit of enthusiasm for language events, I thought I would share this list of language learning conferences and get togethers.
There are tons of meet ups around the globe, so if you’re interested in a small gathering, you can always take a quick look at MeetUp to see what’s available in your area. If you’re looking for something a little bigger or more energetic, here’s a list just for you:
The Montréal Language Festival, or “LangFest” is a language event held in North America. It features talks from a variety of speakers and is a wonderful opportunity to meet other language lovers or practice your languages.
This is the even that I am attending (and speaking at!) this year, so I really hope to see you there!
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Language Show London
In October, this year (2017), you can attend Language Show London, a free event with the option of attending paid seminars and language lessons. They have “language tasters” that include everything from French to Hindi, Icelandic to BSL, and a number of language companies are at the event as exhibitors. You can check out tons of language products and have any questions about them answered.
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Earlier this year, the Polyglot Gathering was hosted in Bratislava, Slovakia. In the past, it was primarily held in Berlin, and 2017 marked a first for the event. The Polyglot Gathering hosts many social programs and talks and close to 500 language enthusiasts attended the gathering this past year. Founded by Judith Meyer, Chuck Smith, and Martin Sawitzki, the event is hosted with an informal atmosphere and is a great opportunity for language lovers to network and try out their languages.
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The Polyglot Conference
The Polyglot Conference is a roaming event. It’s held in different cities across the globe each year. In 2016 it was held in Greece and this year, 2017, it will be in Reykjavík, Iceland. The conference lasts for two days and it features a number of speakers who share their expertise on a broad range of topics.
The two lead organizers for the event are Alex Rawlings, the language learner in residence at Memrise, and Richard Simcott, named the Ambassador for Multilingualism by the Goethe Institute.
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The Polyglot Workshops
Also organized by Alex Rawlings and Richard Simcott are the Polyglot Workshops. These are 1-day events hosted around the world where Alex and Richard answer the questions of language learners in a more intimate setting.
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In November, you can attend ExpoLingua Berlin, a two-day event with more than 150 exhibitors from more than 30 countries, a variety of seminars and language tasters, and cultural performances. The feature Language Ambassadors (in 2016 it was Benny Lewis of Fluent in 3 Months) and the event is free to attend.
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Over to You.
Have you attended a language event? If so, I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below!
Also, let me know if I’ll see you in Montréal!