Polyglot Gathering 2021

Teresin, Poland
May 19th–23rd, 2021

In 2017, the Polyglot Gathering moved from Berlin to Bratislava. In 2021, it is moving again.

The Polyglot Gathering will take place for the first time in Poland!

It will take place from May 19 to May 23, 2021 in Teresin, Poland, 30 km from Warsaw.

Teresin, Poland

When will registration open?

As the current pandemic situation is still unclear and most people cannot make travel plans for May 2021 now, we have decided to open registration only in January 2021. Participants who registered for 2020 and decided to move their registration for 2021 will have priority for spots in hotel rooms and to change their bookings.

If you miss the Gathering, we have started publishing the videos of the talks recorded during the Polyglot Gathering Online in May 2020! Subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss the talks!

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What is the Polyglot Gathering?

The Polyglot Gathering is an informal event which takes places once a year and brings together polyglots (people who speak several languages) and language enthusiasts from all over the world. It is a five-day event with lectures, workshops and social activities for everyone who loves and enjoys languages.

How many languages do I have to speak to attend?

Your mother tongue! That’s it.

There’s no requirement of speaking many languages. All that counts is your approach to them: if you love learning languages and you want to meet like-minded people who also love languages, the Polyglot Gathering is the right place for you!

Why should I attend?

Meet new friends

If you think learning languages is a great leisure activity and you are learning new and new ones in your free time, where else will you find more than 500 people with this passion? 🙂 It’s the best place to make like-minded friends.

Meet other professionals

If you are a language professional, teacher, interpreter or translator, then the proactive networking and stratcom with a clear goal to leverage your paradigm shift in language learning and endeavour for thinking out the box without any impact on doing the heavy lifting, attending the Polyglot Gathering may help you to push the envelope and bring a win-win situation. And if you came here after you were searching for these buzzwords, hey, we got you and want absolutely to talk to you on the site!


(Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Visit the heart of Poland

Poland is worth visiting. From the Baltic Sea to the Tatra Mountains, from castles to the Białowieża Forest, Poland has a lot of attractive places to see. You will definitely find something that suits your taste. Plan a longer stay to visit some of them!

Polish your Polish

You probably won’t meet Grzegorz Brzęczyszczykiewicz or have to pronounce chrząszcz brzmi w trzcinie, but even cześć or szczęście is quite challenging, isn’t it?

If you don’t know Polish at all, learn some basics on polski.info before you go to the Gathering!

Travel around

Travel around Central and Eastern Europe: Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania are all in the Schengen Area, and there are no extra costs for phone and data roaming, which makes travelling much easier.

What do people do at a Polyglot Gathering?

attend lectures with practical language learning tips and many interesting topics related to languages (mostly in English but also in other languages) and even propose their own
share their own tips, ideas and insights in Lightning talks (spontaneous short talks)
visit practical workshops about less known languages and other language-learning skills
talk to other people in whatever language they share (everyone has a nametag with all the languages they wish to speak)
hang out in comfy get-together areas in between the talks (including a No-English zone, a Board Game zone, Coffee-break zone (with free coffee!) or Sponsors zone
enjoy multilingual concerts, take an active part in a cultural evening
visit the city and surroundings, spend time in local bookstores and taste the regional cuisine in pubs and restaurants
share old language books and fresh food/beverage snacks from their country

Polyglot Gathering 2019 in pictures

Who is this organized by?

The founders of the event and main organizers of the first three editions (2014–2016) were Judith Meyer, Chuck Smith and Martin Sawitzki. Afterwards, the Polyglot Gathering moved from Berlin to Bratislava, Slovakia, where it was held from 2017 to 2019. In 2020, it was online because of the COVID-19 pandemics, and in 2021 it will take place in Poland. The event has been run since 2017 by Peter Baláž from the E@I non-profit organization together with their great team taking care of the organization.

Registration will start in January 2021