Language challenge

How well can you learn a language in just 60 days? Have you ever wondered? Now you have a chance to find out: Join our Challenge to learn Slovak and/or Esperanto in just 60 days before the Polyglot Gathering 2018! Why learn these languages? Slovak might come useful as you will be spending five days in Slovakia during the Gathering, while Esperanto is one of the most popular languages among the Gathering participants (plus it was constructed with the aim of being easy to learn, so you are likely to come quite far in those 60 days). Are you ready for the Challenge? Here’s how it works:

  1. Apply to participate in the challenge
    • the challenge starts on 1 April 2018
    • you apply simply by filling in the application form
    • who can take part: anyone who is a complete beginner in Slovak/Esperanto
  2. Learn Slovak/Esperanto from scratch in 60 days
    • it’s up to you how you want to learn, but we can recommend some free online resources to get you started:
      • – the ultimate online resource for learning Slovak, with grammar, vocab, readings, videos, exercises and much more
      • – if you want a gamified learning experience, this platform might be something to try out (unfortunately, there is no Slovak course yet, but the Esperanto one is highly recommended)
      • – a truly multilingual platform offering a rich selection of Esperanto materials and courses, as well as a great grammar overview and dictionary
      • – this 12 lesson course promises to teach you Esperanto in not 60, but just 12 days
    • join the Challenge Facebook group (for Slovak; for Esperanto) to get updates, share tips, and practice the language
  3. Prove that you’re the best and win awesome prizes
    • the challenge ends during the Polyglot Gathering in Bratislava, where all contestants will have a chance to prove their skill in an oral exam (don’t worry, it’s more like an informal conversation!)
    • the oral exam consists of a short presentation (1-2 minutes) and a conversation with our jury
    • the criteria you will be tested on are: fluency, interaction, grammatical accuracy, and vocabulary
    • we have some great polyglot prizes ready for you!

Good luck! Veľa šťastia! Bonŝancon!