Free Language Festival in Hunters Hill (NSW)

The Language Festival Association is hosting a free language festival on Saturday, 15 July 2017, at Gladesville Road Community Centre, Hunters Hill.

Greg CooperThe purpose of this language festival is to promote awareness of language diversity, by providing “tasters” of multiple languages and cultures in a fun environment.

A highlight will be a fascinating presentation by Australian linguist, Dr Gregory Cooper, on ‘Accents and Pronunciation’. In the early 1980s Dr Cooper travelled to remote north-western Pakistan to study an as-yet unwritten language. Just by interacting directly with the native speakers, he was able to learn the language (Kalashamondr), create a system of writing for it and teach it to the Kalasha people, who are now recording and publishing their own stories and songs.

Also presented will be Esperanto, the world’s most successful international language. Apart from its role in neutral and equitable communication, Esperanto can also be useful as a “springboard language”: Because its simple rules have virtually no exceptions, and because its grammatical structure is always clear, starting with Esperanto can give one the confidence and solid grounding that are so important in language learning.

Also at the festival will be sessions on Kalashamondr, Tamil, Bangla, German, Ukrainian, Russian and more.

The festival will be held at Gladesville Road Community Centre, 44 Gladesville Rd, Hunters Hill, from 12 noon to 4 pm.

For more information, visit languagefestival.org.

Image: Dr Gregory Cooper, linguist

Free Language Festival in Liverpool (NSW)

The Language Festival Association is hosting a free language festival on Saturday, 6 May 2017, at Liverpool Library.

Greg CooperThe purpose of this language festival is to promote awareness of language diversity, by providing “tasters” of multiple languages and cultures in a fun environment.

A highlight will be a fascinating presentation by Australian linguist, Dr Gregory Cooper, on ‘Accents and Pronunciation’. In the early 1980s Dr Cooper travelled to remote north-western Pakistan to study an as-yet unwritten language. Just by interacting directly with the native speakers, he was able to learn the language (Kalashamondr), create a system of writing for it and teach it to the Kalasha people, who are now recording and publishing their own stories and songs.

Also presented will be Esperanto, the world’s most successful international language. Apart from its role in neutral and equitable communication, Esperanto can also be useful as a “springboard language”: Because its simple rules have virtually no exceptions, and because its grammatical structure is always clear, starting with Esperanto can give one the confidence and solid grounding that are so important in language learning.

Some other sessions at the festival include talks on similarities and differences between Indonesian and Malay, and between Mandarin and Cantonese, a Vietnamese lantern-making workshop for children, and a multicultural lunch (please bring some food to share).

The festival will be held at Liverpool Library, 170 George Street, Liverpool, from 11 am to 4 pm.

For more information, visit languagefestival.org.

Image: Dr Gregory Cooper, linguist

Free Language Festival in Erina (NSW Central Coast)

The Language Festival Association is hosting a free language festival on Saturday, 3 December, at Erina Fair.

Greg CooperThe purpose of this language festival is to promote awareness of language diversity, by providing “tasters” of multiple languages and cultures in a fun environment.

A highlight will be a fascinating presentation by Australian linguist, Dr Gregory Cooper. In the early 1980s Dr Cooper travelled to remote north-western Pakistan to study an as-yet unwritten language. Just by interacting directly with the native speakers, he was able to learn the language (Kalashamondr), create a system of writing for it and teach it to the Kalasha people, who are now recording and publishing their own stories and songs.

Also presented will be Esperanto, the world’s most successful international language. Apart from its role in neutral and equitable communication, Esperanto can also be useful as a “springboard language”: Because its simple rules have virtually no exceptions, and because its grammatical structure is always clear, starting with Esperanto can give one the confidence and solid grounding that are so important in language learning.

Some other languages to be presented at the festival include: Korean, Japanese, Farsi, German, French, Dutch, Lithuanian and Hindi.

The festival will be held at the Erina Centre, Erina Fair, from 12 noon to 5.30 pm.

For more information, visit languagefestival.org.

Image: Dr Gregory Cooper, linguist

Beijing Esperantist receives award from the Canberra Esperanto Film Festival

Mr Rainer Kurz gives a certificate and a token prize to Ding Xiaosong, whose short film, titled “Esperanto Muzikigas Vian Vivon”, won the ‘Australian People’s Choice’ award of the Canberra Esperanto Film Festival

On 30 March 2014 was the Beijing Esperanto Film Festival. After a talk about the short-films contest, to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the birth of Esperanto, Rainer Kurz introduced the Canberra Esperanto Film Festival, which took place during the Australian Esperanto Summer School and Congress in January 2014. As the founder and director of the festival, Rainer Kurz specially organised the voting to choose the favourite film of the congress participants, while the film Esperanto Muzikigas Vian Vivon (Esperanto makes your life musical) won the award. The Australian Esperanto Association has given a certificate and a token prize of 50 Australian dollars.

More information (in Esperanto)