Polyglot Gathering Online 2021


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The official organizer of Polyglot Gathering 2021 is E@I, a non-profit organization based in Slovakia, which coordinates various projects supporting language learning (lingvo.info, slovake.eu, lernu.net, deutsch.info, russky.info, polski.info among others).

Peter Baláž
[ˈpɛtɛr ˈbalaːʃ]
Head organizer

Peter Baláž, in Esperanto known as Petro, is an Esperantist, publisher and editor. He lives in his hometown of Partizánske and speaks, to various degrees, Slovak, Czech, German, Polish, Russian and English, as well as Esperanto. Peter is especially active in the international Esperanto movement and educational projects, and in 2005 he became the coordinator of E@I. He is also known as an organiser of international events (mainly, but not only, Esperanto meetings). He owns the Slovakia-based publishing firm Espero, founded in 2003, which publishes mainly Esperanto works. He has been a core organizer of the Polyglot Gathering since 2017. For more info see Wikipedia.

Dorota Rodzianko
[dɔˈrɔta rɔˈd͡ʑaŋkɔ]
Administration and finances

Dorota is from Poland and currently lives in Slovakia. Economist according to her diploma, Esperantist according to her heart. Master of tables and papers. Can’t sleep well if she is not organizing something. Since 2010, she has been organizing international events in various European cities and countries. She has experience in organizing events with up to 1300 participants. She has been a core organizer of the Polyglot Gathering since 2017.

Matthieu Desplantes
[matjø deplɑ̃t]
Web support

Matthieu is from France but spent 7 years in Slovakia and recently moved to Austria. He studied computer engineering and now works with both computers and languages. He speaks (to various degrees) French, Esperanto, English, Slovak and Russian and is working on his Polish and German. Aside from languages and travelling, he is interested in science, critical thinking and cooking. He also has a blog about languages. He has been a core organizer of the Polyglot Gathering since 2017.

Edoardo Nannotti
[edoˈardo naˈnːɔtːi]
Design and virtual conference platform

Edoardo was born in 1985 in the Southeast tip of Italy. He is a programmer and a graphic designer. Not religious, but a believer in free knowledge and societies without hierarchy. He likes cooking, capoeira and art that can make you laugh and think at the same time.

Daria Slonova (Дарья Слонова)
[ˈdarʲjə ˈsɫonəvə]

I love hiking and dream of climbing Mount Everest. I like new places and new feelings.

Sonja Zaretskaia (Соня Зарецкая)
[ˈsonʲə zɐˈrʲet͡skəjə]
Technical moderator

Sonja is a young inspiring lawyer from Moscow, with fiery hair that perfectly represents the personality of this self-driven individual carrying an innate interest and love for sloths, dogs and all those beautiful little “weirdnesses” only life knows how to do.

Peter Roman
[ˈpɛtɛr ˈrɔman]
Social media

Born in a small town in eastern Slovakia, Peter’s passion for travelling and languages has helped him expand and grow beyond his home country. He likes not just to travel, but also to live in a certain place or a country long enough in order to integrate into the local way of life as much as possible. The languages he speaks (Slovak, Czech, English, French, Danish, Serbian, and Esperanto) are a reflection of the countries where he lived or projects he participated in over the years. Peter currently works for E@I, the organization behind the Polyglot Gathering, and he has helped organize this event since 2019 by being primarily in charge of running and creating the content for PG’s social media.

Elisa Polese
[eˈliza poˈleze]
Evening programs

Elisa is a professional language teacher and language enthusiast. She teaches Italian, German, English, Spanish, Russian, French, Dutch, Catalan, Portuguese, Greek, Hindi, Arabic and Esperanto (at different levels). She is specialised in multilingual teaching and helps students to learn several languages at the same time and speak them from day one without mixing them up. She is a certified language examiner and holds two BAs in Translating and Interpreting, a MA in International Communication and a MA in Didactics. Elisa organises workshops where you can start speaking one or more languages from the very first moment and have your first conversation after a few minutes. She is also a language mentor and coach. Check out her books and videos on speakfromdayonewithelisa.com.

Marta Melnyk (Марта Мельник)
[ˈmɑrtɐ ˈmɛlʲnɪk]
Cultural program

Marta Melnyk is Ukrainian-Polish polyglot. Language learning is her hobby, while she is working in IT. In her free time, she likes challenging herself by learning some new languages. She speaks fluently Ukranian, Polish, Russian, German, English, but has basic knowledge of different other. She is a huge fan of Quenya and says that she reads Quenya grammar book to relax. Her polyglot mission is to teach the other basics of Ukranian. Appart from this, she encourages people to tell stories by dancing.

Andrzej Olszak
[ˈandʐej ˈɔlʂak]
Language practice rooms

Andrzej is a man of many professions, often connected with his hobby. Officially, he is a power engineering engineer but he used to be a computer programmer, high school physics teacher, heating specialist, urban planner, wood sculptor, translator of computer science books and painter. He painted and sold over 500 oil paintings in a gallery in Paris.

Now he has two jobs. The first is energy planning at the Warsaw City Hall in Infrastructure Department. The other is the Woobie Doobie music recording studio, where he works with his son Wojtek, who is a composer of a song well known in Poland “Jestem kobietą”. Andrzej's latest hobby is learning foreign languages. Currently he is learning more than 30 languages.

Cesco Reale
[ˈt͡ʃesko reˈale]
Polyglot games and moderation

A scientific communicator, Cesco deals with games, languages and maths, creating festivals, exhibitions and conferences. He speaks more than 10 languages, including Latin and Esperanto, and holds the IPA certificate in phonetics. He is also the UN representative for the World Esperanto Association and the creator of Limbas, language seminar in Italy. He has a YouTube channel.

Ewa Wilczek
[ˈɛva ˈvilt͡ʂɛk]

Ewa was born in 1998 in Wrocław where she grew up and now studies two courses: Italian philology and management. She’s a born workaholic, words such as boredom and resting do not exist in her dictionary and she reaches every goal she sets for herself. She loves travelling, reading books and couldn't imagine life without studying, especially languages (she’s now studying Esperanto and Spanish). Her interests are history of World War II and music (she sings and used to learn to play the violin, cello and piano).

Kryštof Klestil
[ˈkrɪʃtɔf ˈklɛscɪl]

Kryštof was born in Czechia and grew up in the northern part of London. He’s one of the few people in Slovakia to have experience teaching English using the “famed but undiscovered” SpeakYourMind method, five years in total. His interests and skills range from 3D modelling and knitting to eating with chopsticks, travelling but most of all it’s meeting people, seeing what makes them tick, understanding life from their experiential and perceptual set of values as presented by their current state of mind. Being more-or-less bilingual, languages have always been a part of his life.

Michal Matúšov
[ˈmixal ˈmatuːʃɔu̯]

Michal was born in the heart of Slovakia. He studied Information technology, but felt in love with social movements. First it was protection of nature, later also libre sofware, Esperanto, libre education and now integral thinking. Sometimes he founds or leads NGOs to support these movements. While often disappointed as a supposedly incurable dreamer, he sees the world of the future, where humankind lives in peace, abundance, lives for bilions of years on Earth but mostly outside of it. He has been interested since childhood about languages, but had problems learning them. Now, beside his native Slovak, he speaks, to various degrees, also Czech, Esperanto, Polish, English and Toki Pona. Some day he will return to Spanish and Russian, but now he rather learns Latin. His personal measure of success of a well-learned language is when he writes a song in it.

Volunteers and interns from E@I

Johnnie Gallacher
[ˈdʒɒni ˈgæləxə]

Johnnie joined the E@I team as a way to use Esperanto everyday and achieve fluency. He’s recently completed a course at the C1 level. Watch out for his talk about Celtic Origins.

European Solidarity Corps
The volunteers and interns from the organization E@I also help organizing the Polyglot Gathering as part of their internship or their European Voluntary Service, co-financed by the European Union.