Frequently Asked Questions

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How many languages do I have to be able to speak to attend the Edinburgh Language Event?

Like the Polyglot Conference, the Edinburgh Lanuage Event is not about numbers, but about passion. It is open to everyone who loves language.

The idea is to create a space to come together and share in that. Whether you are a  hobbyist, professional, academic, entrepreneur, publisher, or just curious, it doesn’t matter. All are welcome.

Who attends these events?

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?

You will meet other language enthusiasts, discuss new learning resources and techniques, learn about new linguistic research, enjoy the unique culture of the host city of Edinburgh, speak in different languages to the many attendees from different parts of the world, and generally spend a weekend 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 Edinburgh Language Event 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.

I am travelling from abroad, is there a Visa requirement?

Most visitors from the EU and many other countries will not require a visa to come to the UK for a short break. There are exceptions and it is your responsibility to check before you come.

The UK government does provide this handy online checker though and you can apply online if you need to,

How do I get to Edinburgh

Edinburgh is served by Edinburgh International Airport.

The Edinburgh Language Event is right in the heart of the city less than 8 miles away. You can take a local tram or bus directly from the airport to the city centre.

If travelling from somewhere else in the UK, you can take a train to Edinburgh Waverely Station which is just a 15 minute walk away.