Conference Day Four

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

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Flag of Germany  , Berlin,
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Yep, another station but this might actually be on the way home from the night before.

The Singaporeans again. A particularly friendly lot.

I hadn't even really noticed this badge before. Now that's impressive. I should have made more of an effort with my Korean. But they and the Norwegian spoke so bloody well !

Again I was a bit slack with my photography. It always seems to be the same story. If i get engrossed in some conversation I just don't take any photos. I either forget or I feel it spoils the flow. Perhaps I really do need one of those navigator clip-on cameras that automatically take a photo every thirty seconds.

I spent lunch pretending my Russian is better than it is listening to some bloke extolling the wonders of Turkic languages (in Russian obviously - not that he was Russian) Especially Kazakh. This was something I already knew of course but I didn't know that the colloquial series had released Colloquial Kazakh. As soon as I got a chance I went on line and ordered it. At least I've learnt one really good thing from this get together.

Really cool. This bloke is Swedish and his big thing is teaching Latin as though it were a living language. Here he's giving a five minute talk in Latin just to demonstrate that it can be done.

One of the Singaporeans. He decided to give two talks in five minutes. He did warn every one that for this he was going to speak particularly quickly. One of his talks was on Singaporean English. Bloody funny!

Just a look back at most of the participants in the main hall.

I was late getting away again as some of us started playing some linguistic beer drinking games. Basically, think of a word and go round till you are the first not to be able to offer a translation into a language that hasn't been used before. Trouble is we knew too many languages so we had to bar an answer from the same language family, then we barred toki pona and finally we barred Volapük as there are only about twenty speakers in the world so our Sottish bloke could have been making it up.

I thought I'd be ok at the main station waiting for the early train but surprisingly all the shops were closed and it was freezing. I had to huddle in doorways to keep warm.
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