How many languages do I have to be able to speak to participate in the Polyglot Conference?
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.
Who attends the Polyglot Conferences?
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.
What do you get out of attending a conference?
You will meet other language enthusiasts, discuss new learning resources and techniques, learn about new linguistic research, speak in different languages to the many attendees from different parts of the world, and generally spend a week focusing on language in a way that most of us are unable to do in our normal lives.
Is there a minimum age requirement?
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.
What is the difference between the Polyglot Conference and other Polyglot events?
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. This year, due to the global health situation, we decided to make a positive out of a negative and use the opportunity to reach out to more people around the globe by making it a digital event.
What is the cancellation and refund policy?
Refund requests are dealt with directly by Eventbrite. As this is a donation-based ticket if you do request a refund from Eventbrite and it is granted, then the system will honour that. We cannot honour any refunds outside of that system.
Are the talks recorded at live events?
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 organization. All presenters at the conference have to accept this condition before they take to the stage.Will there be language courses?Yes! We are working with Zaloa Languages to bring you courses in Nahuatl & Spanish during the week before the Polyglot Conference in Cholula! These will be intensive courses and we will offer different levels, depending on your ability.
Can I stay at the venue?
The venue in Budapest does not have rooms attached to it, but we will be able to offer you the option to express interest in partner hotels via a special form following the receipt of your ticket. Gina will be in charge of looking after this part of your experience, should you choose this option.
Do I need a visa for Hungary?
Check if you require a visa to enter Hungary based on your nationality. Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your planned departure date. Verify the specific entry requirements and any necessary documentation for your visit.
If you require a visa support letter, then we are happy to provide one with a valid conference ticket and the necessary information from you to submit an application to the Hungarian Embassy. Please reach out to us by email if this is necessary for you.
How do I get from Budapest Airport to the centre?
Please check out the official website with the most up-to-date details on transport options from Budapest Airport to the city centre:
How do I get around Budapest?
Budapest is a fairly walkable city, depending on where you are staying and your desired walking amount. There is an application you can download to navigate the city on public transport. You can also buy tickets on it for use in the city too. For more information on this and how to use it, please check out the official website: https://bkk.hu
How do I get to Budapest?
Budapest is a hub for many low cost airlines, like Wizz Air, Easyjet, Ryanair, Pegasus as well as many international and national carriers. Check out the arrivals board at Budapest Airport to get an idea of possible connections useful for you. You could go by bus or train too. You can get an idea of which trains come into Budapest and from where too on https://www.zugfinder.net. Some (but not all bus options) include Flix and Eurolines. A comparison site like BusBud might help you find a journey that suits you too.
Note: These links and suggestions are to help guide you and they are not an endorsement or particular recommendation of the companies mentioned by us for you.
What happened to Singapore 2023?
Unfortunately, we had to make the difficult decision to not hold the Polyglot Conference in Singapore for 2023. This was primarily due to the high price rises globally following the Covid pandemic and recent high inflation. We recognized that implementing an additional large price increase on the community at this time would be burdensome. Therefore, we carefully considered alternative options that would provide an affordable destination for our conference while still offering a special experience for all attendees.
In light of this, we are thrilled to announce that we will be returning to Budapest, the city where the very first event of its kind was held 10 years ago. Budapest holds a special place in our hearts, and we believe it will create a wonderful setting for our anniversary conference. We are excited to bring the Polyglot Conference back to its roots and celebrate a decade of language learning and community engagement.