Countdown to the Polyglot Conference.

Oct 6, 2016 3:45:00 PM / by Melanie Moore

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The fourth annual Polyglot Conference is less than a month away. This year, it’s being held in Thessaloniki, Greece from October 29th to 30th. Mango Languages is so excited to be a part of it!

If you’re not familiar with this international conference, the Polyglot Conference is a weekend full of renowned speakers, language learners, linguists, and anyone else who enjoys speaking and learning a multitude of languages.

Notable speakers from this upcoming conference include Eithne Gallagher, who will be speaking on interlingual teaching, that is, how to incorporate a child’s home language in the classroom. Anthony Lauder will be presenting on having an accent in one’s target language and renowned author Gaston Dorren will be presenting on the intricacies and unique features of different languages. Ellen Jovin, a polyglot from New York City, will be sharing her love of language resources — and with which ones she’s found success. You can check out a trailer we’ve created for these speakers here and check out the Polyglot Conference website for information on additional speakers.

Last year’s conference was held in New York City, the first polyglot conference held in North America. This year, the conference will be held in Thessaloniki, Greece, the country’s second largest city. We’re glad that we have several Greeks here at Mango to help us with insider know-how. Mango’s very own linguist, Lilia Mouma, studied for four years in Thessaloniki and has written a comprehensive guide to navigating the city that she is offering to all the Polyglot Conference attendees. Feel free to click the link above to check it out (we'll add a link above once it's been published).

For each Polyglot Conference, the organizers try to pick a city that is either a multilingual mecca or has a history of being multicultural. In the case of Thessaloniki, the city has a history of multilingualism due to its past as a major trade hub. At the end of each Polyglot Conference, the next year’s city is announced. We can’t wait to see which one they will pick next. Any guesses? Let us know in the comments below!

At this conference in particular, Mango will be offering a few fun experiences for attendees. On Friday evening, we’ll be providing musicians and authentic Greek snacks, such as koulouri, for the attendees, while we enjoy one another’s multilingual company and watch the sun set over the Thermaikos Gulf. On both Saturday and Sunday mornings, we will be offering a free Greek workshop, prior to the presentations, so that you will have a chance to learn some Greek or brush up on what you already know. We promise that this knowledge will come in handy — especially if you plan on exploring the city!

If you would like to start learning Greek — or any language — click the link below to find out if you have free access to over 70 languages through your local library. Happy language learning!

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Melanie Moore

Written by Melanie Moore

Melanie speaks German, Lithuanian, and Japanese and has dabbled in several others. She is an aspiring polyglot and enjoys sharing her passions for language learning and music with anyone she meets.

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