Polyglot Conference 2014 – Novi Sad, Serbia
The city of Novi Sad lies in the north of Serbia. With a 1/4 million inhabitants and a major university, it is a vibrant student town situated on the banks of the Danube. The highlight of the city is its fortress which guards the river banks from the opposite side of the historic center.
For my own presentation, I spoke about “The importance and advantages of linguistic diversity – Preserving linguistic diversity” where I discussed the challenges and advantages facing less represented and minority languages.
A presentation that stood out for me in particular from the conference was “Acting and humour in a foreign language: intercultural challenges of creative work”. Martina is from Montreal and is the actress behind the YouTube channel “Naša Snajca”. The comedy series which is exclusively on YouTube is entirely in Serbian and depicts the life of a young woman as she grapples with the intercultural issues of being an immigrant from the Balkans in Paris. The dialogues are rich in caustic humor and colorful language providing not just entertainment but a fun way to learn Serbian.