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It's one of my favourite episodes of the year - the live clips are in, so you can experience the Polyglot Gathering in 2017 with the Creative Language Learning Podcast as we bring you interviews, impressions and fun from the conference floor.
Here's just a hint of what's inside:
- Wonderful best wishes to you awesome listeners in German, Indonesian, Esperanto, Portuguese, Slovak, Korean, and more!
- Slovakia Travel Tips and insights into their unlikely national sport
- Fiel's call to arms -- how to bring more love into language learning
- The special vocabulary and handy rule 15 of Esperanto grammar
- What Gareth Popkins taught us about polyglotism...and what it has to do with your love life
With listening ears, ask questions. - Fiel Sahir
Come to an International Polyglot Event
If our episode inspired you to come and participate in a Polyglot event, check out the 2 big international conferences on the calendar:
- Langfest in Montréal, Canada -- get 25% discount when you enter promo code KERSTIN
- Polyglot Conerence in Reykjavík, Iceland
"Polyglot" is nothing to be scared of - not anymore!
If this conference has shown me anything, it's that this community called "polyglots" is ever evolving and slowly becoming an ever more supportive, familial group. It's great to see what people of all ages and backgrounds contribute...and of course it feels so fun when you're back home and suddenly realize your phone keyboard now has a Swedish dictionary installed.
To learn more about smaller events near you, check out 8 Life-Changing Language Learning Events Around the Globe here on the blog.
This episode comes with a bit of a difference, as Lindsay and I were reporting live from the Polyglot Gathering in Berlin.
We bring you reports and impressions from what's going on at the event.
There are opportunities to listen in to the fabulous language introductions. We had the opportunity to learn about all kinds of languages, from Indonesian to Greek.
It’s about people coming together and accepting each other for who they are. It’s a life philosophy, in a way. - Jordan
I also brought my microphone to several new people - hear the personal language learning stories of Tristan, Jordan and Stephen who are allEnglish native speakers learning over 5 foreign languages. It's possible!
The Polyglot Gathering is sponsored by our own podcast sponsors, so this time there's a double shout out for italki - you can get started learning languages with native speakers on there. Get started with a "Buy 1 Get 1 Free" Offer at www.fluentlanguage.co.uk/italki
Strange Items That Were Part of The "Qu'est-ce que c'est??" Game
1) Che cosa è?
2) Was ist das hier?
The Kafka referenced after I heard Lindsay's story is "Die Verwandlung" (metamorphosis).
Languages heard on this show: German, Esperanto, Spanish, French, Indonesian, Greek, English...I think that's it!
Catch up with Lindsay's video blog from the Polyglot Gathering.
How Did You Like This Episode?
The live reporting format was great fun, but of course we want to hear if it worked for you! Would you like more episodes like this in the future?
You can get in touch with us and tell us what you thought by
1) leaving us an iTunes review by visiting our itunes page and clicking "Ratings and Reviews"
2) using hashtag #cllp on Twitter (I am @kerstinhammes and Lindsay is @ldlanguages).
And once again, thanks so much to our sponsors Italki - please support our show by visiting that link today.
Episode 35 of the Creative Language Learning Podcast is brought to you with support from HelloTalk. Go visit them NOW!
Do you remember when you first heard the word "polyglot"?
And what does this word mean to you?
Show Topic: What Is a "Polyglot" and Should You Be One?
In this episode, Lindsay and I went deeper into what's changed in the emerging community of internet polyglots. A few years ago, the YouTube landscape in particular was a nasty place. But things are looking up!
What does the word mean, and is being polyglot desirable?
Far from being entirely opposed to polyglots as a barrage of braggards and internet trolls, we are able to bring you many positive thoughts and perspectives.
Polyglot Guest: Alex Rawlings
In this episode, we have a special guest who is a famous fancy polyglot and known for winning the prestigious Harper-Collins award of being [Britain's Most Multilingual Student]. It's Alex Rawlings, co-founder of the [Polyglot Conference] and "full-time language guru dude".
Polyglots have existed a lot longer than YouTube.
Alex did an amazing job of describing how the polyglot community has changed and also why it wasn't a great place to start out in. It's fascinating how much YouTube comes up in this discussion. He shares the story of bringing a bit of offline magic into the online world, and we agree that the internet is now a nicer place for language learners, and thank God for that.
Takeaway of the Week
"It is what you make it."
There is still a personal challenge to readers, but also a real sense of permission to make the word mean what it means to you. Polyglots might be online, offline, nice, nasty, multilingual or just really curious.
For me, the biggest update to the polyglot label was the idea of it being all about the intention of learning languages, and the interest, and the passion. I love that!
Links and Tips from This Episode
- Alex Rawlings writes at Rawlangs
- Lindsay on Youtube: What's a Polyglot?
- Kerstin speaks (reads!!!!) 25 European languages - the best part of making this video was finding native speakers of 25 languages in one week. I even rang the Icelandic and Luxembourgish tourist offices. ^__^
- My Blog Article from May 2014, summing up all the polyglot negatives
- Polyglot Conference - this year in Greece and the Polyglot Workshops or just search for any of these things on Facebook
- Polyglot Gathering in Berlin
Are you going to claim the polyglot title this year? Or still not convinced?
In this episode, Lindsay and Kerstin discuss a good bunch of topics around the topic of language learning in person.
This episode is brought to you with support from Other Cats to Whip, a cute French book that you can buy for 10% off using the code FLUENT.
- What was language learning like before the internet?
- What’s so great about an event like the Language Show?
- Our ideas for Langathon and Language Speed Dating
- Language and Careers: What’s out there beyond Teaching and Translating?
- Lindsay’s passionate explanation of “Primary Languages” in the UK, and how to instil a language passion for life in younger learners
- Our appreciation of multilingual actors and subtitles in TV and movies
Our podcast also featured a short interview with Dan McIntyre from the University of Huddersfield and our discussion around what fluency involved.
Tip of the Week
Lindsay chose Tip 2 as the winning tip for this episode and added more great ideas on how you can present to people, even when they are not learning your language.
1) Draw a trilingual vocab chart to practice vocab divergence
2) Prepare a presentation for your tutor or buddy
3) Swipe in two languages using the Swiftkey Keyboard app
Links and Interesting Stuff from This Show
- Podcast: Episode 13 with Becky Morales about raising bilingual children
- Daniel Brühl
- Monsters by Gareth Edwards
- The Add 1 Challenge
- The Lingo Show on the BBC
- Babel Language Magazine
- Learning English with Phrasal Verbs, Lindsay's new online course