How many languages do I have to be able to speak to participate in the Polyglot Conference?

There is no minimum requirement, and certainly no entrance test! The Polyglot Conference is not about numbers, but about passion. It is open to everyone who loves language. The idea behind the conference was to create a space to come together and share in that. Every year we welcome hobbyists, professionals, academics, entrepreneurs, publishers, everybody and anybody to the conference.

Who attends the Polyglot Conferences?

The events are designed for anyone who loves language: teachers, interpreters, translators, students, scholars, language bloggers, linguists, writers and people who simply want to know more about languages.

What do you get out of attending a conference?

You will meet other language enthusiasts, discuss new learning resources and techniques, learn about new linguistic research, speak in different languages to the many attendees from different parts of the world, and generally spend a week focusing on language in a way that most of us are unable to do in our normal lives.

Is there a minimum age requirement?

The Polyglot Conference is intended for adults, but highly motivated and mature teenagers (16+) are welcome. If you are under 18, an adult guardian will need to register and attend along with you. If you are under 16 and really want to attend, please send us a message explaining your situation and we’ll be happy to deal with each application on a case by case basis.

What is the difference between the Polyglot Conference and other Polyglot events?

The Polyglot Conference was the first and remains the original event at which language lovers scattered around the globe have the chance to meet in person. We pride ourselves on keeping the event professional and striving each time to spread the message of multilingualism to an ever wider audience. Anyone can submit a proposal to speak at the event, but as the event has continued to grow the organisers have worked hard to seek out high quality speakers from outside the online polyglot community to present at the conference as well.

The Polyglot Conference is held in a different location each year and seeks to celebrate the host city of each event in the programme. This year, due to the global health situation, we decided to make a positive out of a negative and use the opportunity to reach out to more people around the globe by making it a digital event.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?

Refund requests are dealt with directly by Eventbrite. As this is a donation-based ticket if you do request a refund from Eventbrite and it is granted, then the system will honour that. We cannot honour any refunds outside of that system.

Are the talks recorded at live events?

Yes! We record all of our talks, so the information can be later accessed by anyone interested in the topics discussed. We believe in sharing our knowledge with the widest possible audience, so we can be an inclusive organization. All presenters at the conference have to accept this condition before they take to the stage.Will there be language courses?Yes! We are working with Zaloa Languages to bring you courses in Nahuatl & Spanish during the week before the Polyglot Conference in Cholula! These will be intensive courses and we will offer different levels, depending on your ability.

Where do I fly to in Mexico to get to Cholula? 

Puebla is an option, but can be more expensive than Mexico City for non-US airports. There are also fewer flights per day than to the capital as it’s a much smaller airport. Mexico City is just 2/2.5 hours from Puebla/Cholula and the bus stations is situation inside the airport.

How do I get from Mexico City to Cholula? 

There is a bus station in the terminal. Buses are regular and run almost round the clock. You can buy a ticket when you get to the station itself and check in your bags with the driver and get on. Buses are usually very clean and air conditioned with wifi. The trip takes between 2 and 2.5 hours from Mexico City Airport to Puebla (Head for Puebla Paseo Destino station).

This video shows you how Richard  got from Mexico City to Cholula: 

How do I get from Puebla Paseo Destino bus station to Cholula? 

You can use the wifi in the bus station to connect to the internet and use the Uber or Cabify app to get a lift to your accommodation.  

How do I get from Puebla Airport to Cholula?

There is no Uber in Puebla Airport, so you would need to get a registered, official taxi. You need to go to the official taxi information stand in the airport building. 

How do I call or access the Internet in Mexico? 

Wifi is often available in cafes, bars, restaurants and even public space in Puebla and Cholula. You can also get a local SIM card in Mexico from Telcel (usually best coverage, but other options are available). 

Here is a video on how to buy a local SIM card:

If you have an international roaming plan with your current provider, you may wish to use that. Please make sure of roaming charges and financial implications to you before travel and use of roaming data. 

Remember to turn ROAMING DATA OFF (and any other settings OFF that could incur higher than usual costs to your plan to avoid astronomical charges) before you land in Mexico, if you have not got a reasonable deal in place with you home provider.

Can I stay at the venue? 

Priority for accommodation at the venue will be given to those taking part on the language courses for the full week before the conference itself until the end of August. Options will be opened up to everyone else from 1st September. Rooms at the venue are limited, so it will be on a forest come first served basis. 

Where else can I stay in Cholula/Puebla? 

There are plenty of hotels, hostels and Airbnb options. The venue for the conference itself is in the heart of Cholula, between the two halves of the city. The exact location is on your ticket, so you can easily find out where is best for you to stay for your own needs. 

Where can I find the programme of events in Cholula?

We are continually updating the programme as things are confirmed. You can find information about the event in Cholula on our Speakers Page.