Conference Day Three

Trip Start Jun 12, 2014
Trip End Jul 23, 2014

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Flag of Germany  , Berlin,
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

I might as well continue my tradition while I can. A shot of one of the stations that I pass through in the morning. €2.60 will get you a ticket that will take you anywhere by bus/subway/tram for two hours. But just like last time I've yet to see a ticket inspector so it feels like I'm throwing away money in those vending machines

First lecture was a description of the language situation in Scandinavia. Are they three different languages or three dialects of one language. The speaker just had Scandinavian or something on his badge - that was his position.

Most interesting of all for everyone was to hear the Swedes, Danes and Norwegians present discussing differences, throwing in examples from their own version of the language, including their own dialect of the dialect.

Strange that these countries are small yet have so many dialects, but English is spoken natively over such a wide area yet doesn't have any real dialects. Hmmm, actually Australian English and American English are probably pretty different for non native speakers.

A few of us decided to wander over to the railway station for something to eat at lunchtime. One of us had a bag emblazoned with Esperanto and out of the blue this woman stopped us and started speaking to us in Esperanto! She reckoned she hadn't spoken it for twenty years. A couple of years ago a group of Esperantists came to Hobart. I met them of course. She was friends with one of them...

On the way back to the congress centre we ran into her again. An occasion for another photo.

The fellow in red is actually a much better Esperantist than me but he didn't actually sign up for the conference although he speaks Hebrew, Esperanto, German and English to a really high level. He just thought that isn't enough.

Just some weird motorised go-carts that I happened to walk past.

I've finally found my stratum of polyglots. Before the afternoon session I suggested a beer to a Slovak but said we only had five minutes. His reply - where's the problem?

I've already mentioned toki pona. Well this was the talk on toki pona. The creator sat quietly down the back signing books. I think she's a bit bemused by the way it's taken off.

I wasn't sure whether I'd get much out of this even though the subject really interests me - Welsh. It turned out to be superb, not least because the presenter is a university lecturer and he told me that he put a bit of effort into his talk just as he does with his lectures at uni.

Has anyone seen Zenon recently? This bloke had a French accent but could any two people look more alike? I'm going to check his passport the next time I see him... check to see the last time was that he left Australia.

Can we actually be sure which of these two is actually the real Zenon?

And that was just about it for the day except for some games.

There were games and quizzes yesterday too. One involved translating into English 10 words from various scripts such as Thai, Korean, Greek... That was won by one of the Singaporeans. A Singaporean also won the Esperanto 10 week challenge. Not superstars here but perhaps they should be.

Anyway, the game for tonight consisted of a team coming up with a story and they would give the story to the other team and two ream members would simultaneously give details of the story into each ear of one other team member but in two different languages at once. Later they would be quizzed on details of the story. It seemed impossible but some people did extremely well. In any case as a spectacle it was a disaster so I retreated to the bar.

And yes, I stayed in the bar for a fair while.

So long in fact that I missed the last train, but that wasn't a problem as by the time I got to the station it was so late/early that they were running again.
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Axe on

It sounds like you are having a great time Bob.
Thanks for the blog.

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