Polyglot Conference 2016 Thessaloniki, Greece

by Nov 3, 2016English, Polyglot Conferences

On 29 and 30 October 2016, the Polyglot Conference 2016 took place in northern Greece.
The Polyglot Conference returned to Europe after the 2015 event was held in New York City (Budapest 2013 and Novi Sad 2014).
Thessaloniki is a culturally and linguistically rich city and Greece being the cradle of Western Civilization made the location an enticing prospect.
Best of all, Thessaloniki has beautiful landscapes nearby and Greece offers a litany of amazing islands to visit further to the south of the country.

My favorite presentations

While it’s not possible to view all the presentations live (as there are 3 sets live at times), all are available to watch on the conference’s YouTube channel at a later date. That means that you always had the option of taking some time out to enjoy the sunny Greek weather without having to sacrifice presentations.

A presentation I really enjoyed at the Polyglot Conference was given by Michael Levi Harris called “Characterizing your language(s): acting techniques to improve your polyglot skills”. Michael had us captivated by his explanation of how the chameleon-like versatility of many successful polyglot is also a quality taught to actors and how budding polyglots can learn these techniques to improve their language learning abilities.
Two other presentations I also found really interesting were from Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann on language revival and Luca Lampariello on translation as a tool to learn languages.


Every Polyglot Conference (and Gathering) has had a different flavor. Thessaloniki definitely had a memorable venue at the city’s beautiful concert hall. Every new event affords me the opportunity to bond with language lovers old and new and Thessaloniki did not disappoint in that regard. The camaraderie between like-minded language mad people with palpable.

At around 500 participants, the Polyglot Conference is still intimate enough to allow me to mingle with old friends and meet new language enthusiasts and I definitely recommend staying a day or two both before and after the conference to maximize your socializing opportunities. 🙂

2017 – Reykjavik, Iceland

The Polyglot Conference 2016 was a fantastic linguistic jamboree and many thanks to the organizers: Richard Simcott and Alex Rawlings. In 2017, the Polyglot Conference will strike a compromise between North America and Europe by going to Reykjavik in Iceland which lays claim to being kind of in both. 🙂

Me hanging out with some polyglot pals after the conference
I personally love Iceland having visited this spectacular country in early 2016 so will be taking advantage of the 2017 event’s destination. Hope to see you there! 🙂
Blue Lagoon Reykjavik Iceland
The amazing Blue Lagoon near to Reykjavik, Iceland