September 1, 2015 |
On a Language-Review Bender
Old languages are bubbling, slithering, slinking around in there, and I want them to come out!
For the past months, my language life has continued unabated, on a daily basis, though undocumented here on this blog. I kind of fizzled out on Swedish, not really quite getting where I wanted to go, but it is not over for Swedish: the future, full of linguistic promise and mystery, awaits!
Doesn’t this look like a fun place to have a language conference?
What happened is this: last April I finally got worn out from studying so many new languages in a row for years, so I decided it was time to stop with new ones and just have fun reviewing. I’ve been doing that since spring. I’m redoing old Pimsleur lessons, restudying writing systems on Memrise, and having a fabulous time. Memory stimulation is enjoyable!
In addition, and much more important, I am helping to organize Polyglot Conference NYC 2015 with the extraordinary English polyglots Richard Simcott and Alex Rawlings, whom I met in Berlin in 2014. It is a joy and honor to work with them, and I am euphoric about this event, which will attract hundreds of polyglots to New York — the most multilingual city in the world!
This is the first such event in North America; the previous two in this youthful conference series were both held in Europe. The venue is the SVA Theatre in Chelsea, one of my favorite parts of the city, right near High Line Park.
I hope some of you will come and that I get to meet you. The only necessary credentials for participation are language love and intellectual curiosity. I promise there will be no language tests, no language counting, no nonsense like that.
Check out the schedule! My unofficial personal slogan for the conference is “Be there and be square.”