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Diglossia - Prestige & Prejudice in the Linguistic World
From the Encyclopedia Britannica: "Diglossia, the coexistence of two varieties of the same language throughout a speech community. Often, one form is the literary or prestige dialect, and the other is a common dialect spoken by most of the population. Such a situation exists in many speech communities throughout the world—e.g., in Greece, where Katharevusa, heavily influenced by Classical Greek, is the prestige dialect and Demotic is the popular spoken language, and in the Arab world, where classical Arabic (as used in the Qurʾān) exists alongside the colloquial Arabic of Egypt, Morocco, and other countries." Welcome to the Seattle Polyglots! Language learners, beginners, dabblers and all other polyglots are more than welcome. Contrary to what you might think, we don't all speak 12 languages *yet*. The meeting format is open-ended with introductions and topic suggestions at the beginning followed by "let's see where this goes." If we have multiple people who speak the *same* language(s), we'll break off into smaller groups. Topics / activities might include: * Language Hacks - How to learn faster * Insights & Experience - Working with different language families * Common Challenges - Learning multiple gendered languages * Sociolinguistics - The relationships between language and society * Children's Songs - Share a song in your target (or native) language * What's your language background? What's your learning background?

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2060 NW market st · Seattle, WA

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This is a group for people who love to learn and speak multiple foreign languages. We meet in spaces like cafés and parks to practice our languages, discuss techniques, and support each other in our language goals. There is no formal structure. We just chat with each other, often switching between languages that we can all use. Sometimes we play the "polyglot game" or attempt to teach each other languages we are learning. This group is ideal for language geeks and people who have been known to use the hashtag #polyglotproblems

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