|Language practice room: Esperanto|
Every day from May 20-24th for 24 hours, I would likely find someone online to talk with. If I close my eyes, it feels like being at a place physically talking with people from different countries in different languages. It was a lot of fun. I should say that I enjoyed this online gathering very much. In a time of a pandemic like this, the Polyglot Gathering 2021 gave me opportunities to get to know many new friends from different linguistic backgrounds from many countries.
1,079 participants from more than 65 countries registered in this big global event. I have never met so many polyglots (anyone that can converse in at least 5 languages) in my life. If all of their languages were combined, it would be more than 145 languages! Some of the most represented were English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Polish, and Esperanto. To my surprise, some people know other artificial languages, like Toki Pona and Interlingua. I spoke Toki Pona with someone for the first time in my life, and it was in this Polyglot Gathering 2021.
I also had a special experience of being one of the sponsors. It was done without any special reason, and I didn’t think much about it but I’m glad that I did. First of all, the online gathering has helped me and many people in the same situation as me to befriend people from other countries easily. Many people cannot join the offline event because of several reasons, the most common being time and finance.
The Polyglot Gathering is an informal event that takes place once a year and brings together polyglots and language enthusiasts from all over the world. It is a five-day event with lectures, workshops, and social activities for everyone who loves languages. The Polyglot Gathering will take place for the first time in Teresin, Poland, 30 km from Warsaw, in May 2022.
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