Announcing Polyglot Conference Global!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a polyglot?

There is a lot of debate about who is called a polyglot. Polyglot is a Greek word that means "many languages". Just how many languages is up to you. We tend to say that the "Polyglot" in Polyglot Conference is open to anyone who wants to identify with the term. Some people are born into multilingual environments and speak a number of languages without studying them. Others learn languages, not because they have to but because they choose to. If you fit into any of these brackets, you are welcome to call yourself a polyglot and join in! Join us and be a polyglot in the making!

Belltower at night, bright lights and penants.

Q. How many languages do I have to be able to speak to attend the Polyglot Conference?

A. There is no minimum requirement, and certainly no entrance test! The Polyglot Conference is not about numbers, but about passion. It is open to everyone who loves language. The idea behind the conference was to create a space to come together and share in that. Every year we welcome hobbyists, professionals, academics, entrepreneurs, publishers, everybody and anybody to the conference.

Q. Who attends the Polyglot Conferences?

A. The events are designed for anyone who loves language: teachers, interpreters, translators, students, scholars, language bloggers, linguists, writers and people who simply want to know more about languages.

Q. What do you get out of attending a conference?

A. You will meet other language enthusiasts, discuss new learning resources and techniques, learn about new linguistic research, enjoy the unique culture of the host city Cholula, speak in different languages to the many attendees from different parts of the world, and generally spend a weekend focusing on language in a way that most of us are unable to do in our normal lives.

Q. Is there a minimum age requirement?

A. The Polyglot Conference is intended for adults, but highly motivated and mature teenagers (16+) are welcome. If you are under 18, an adult guardian will need to register and attend along with you. If you are under 16 and really want to attend, please send us a message explaining your situation and we’ll be happy to deal with each application on a case by case basis.

Daytime street scene. Purple and yellow Mexican restaurant called La Lunita.

Q. What is the difference between the Polyglot Conference and other Polyglot events?

A. The Polyglot Conference was the first and remains the original event at which language lovers scattered around the globe have the chance to meet in person. We pride ourselves on keeping the event professional and striving each time to spread the message of multilingualism to an ever wider audience. Anyone can submit a proposal to speak at the event, but as the event has continued to grow the organisers have worked hard to seek out high quality speakers from outside the online polyglot community to present at the conference as well. The Polyglot Conference is held in a different location each year and seeks to celebrate the host city of each event in the programme. To make sure nobody misses out, the Conference is always held on a weekend, meaning you shouldn’t have to take too much time off work to attend.

Q. What is the cancellation and refund policy?

A. All requests for refund must be made in writing to this email address no later than 17th September, 2020. Refund requests will be subject to a cancellation and processing fee and will be refunded in the same manner payment was made. Refunds will not be processed until after the conference. All substitution requests must be in writing from the original registrant.

Q. Are the talks recorded?

A. Yes! we record all of our talks, so the information can be later accessed by anyone interested in the topics discussed. We believe in sharing our knowledge with the widest possible audience, so we can be an inclusive organisation. All presenters at the conference have to accept this condition before they take to the stage.

Q. Is there photography and filming outside the presentations?

A. Yes. We have group photos, which you can opt out of, if you prefer (though you are unlikely to be recognised from them as the group is very big). There are some photos taken by participants and our own photographers for use on social media. If you feel that someone has taken a photo of you, where you can be identified and would not like that to appear, please do tell that person directly. We will always do our best to honour wishes of anonymity. However we cannot control or take responsibility for every attendee.

Interior of church facing altar. Vaulted white and gold ceiling. Polished wooden pews line either side of a dark tiled floor.

Q. What are the start and end times?

A. Usually we run from around 9am through to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. We have a Friday welcome event from 6-8pm. On Friday this year we will also have the Language Exchange Event, running from 10am-5pm roughly. Exact timings will be made public soon.

Q. Will there be any additional tours or courses?

A. Yes! We are looking to organise tours to in Mexico for attendees. Details of these and tickets will be open in due course. We will also look at options for language lessons too.

Q. How will the talks run?

A. We have two tracks at the conference and we will also run workshops on various language-related topics. There will also be a language practice area for participants to use their languages with others.

Q. What do I get for my ticket?

A. You get the live experience of being at the conference. That time with hundreds of likeminded people makes the conference special. You get to interact with the speakers in person. You get face time with our sponsors, who have stalls at the event. You also get a bag with some goodies.

Q. What about accommodation? Do you have discounts?

A. Yes, we have the following hotels offering discounts for our participants over the days of the conference. These offers are limited by date (check the cut off dates for each option) and by number of rooms. If none of these options works for you, then please do make your own arrangements.

What about LangFest?

A. This year we are proud to be teaming up with Tetsu and the LangFest team to bring LangFest to Mexico with us. They will be in Cholula for the week before the conference proper, organising events and social activities ahead of the Polyglot Conference itself.

Will there be language courses?

A. Yes! We are working with Zaloa Languages to bring you courses in Nahuatl and Spanish for the week before the Polyglot Conference weekend! These will be intensive courses and we will offer different levels, depending on your ability.

How will Corona Virus (COVID-19) impact the Conference?

See our statement about COVID-19 for the latest information.