This weekend saw an early alarm on a Saturday morning to head down to London for this year’s Language Show Live! I think I’ve attended every year since 2010 now so it’s kind of become a thing. Every October, I enjoy a day in London and a few hours trawling The Language Show Live picking up tote bag upon tote bag, chatting to lots of cool language folk, and discovering all about the new language tools on the block. It’s fun!
I’d seen Kerstin’s event on Facebook promoting a Language Lovers’ Meet Up for after the event and so decided to attend and meet some of these online folk in person – all people no pixels. This meant that I headed to the Show itself pretty late in the afternoon – but still with enough time to make my way around!
Some highlights for me were meeting the FlashSticks team in person (finally!), discovering Clik2Speak and WeSpeke.com, both of which I’m keen to try out very soon; and geeking out at the Japan Foundation stand.
Oh yes, yesterday afternoon, I finally ventured into the tote bag…these are some of the findings… Things that made me wish I lived in London… Two packs of English FlashSticks I’m going to experiement with for learning the other languages on them! Lots of exciting new language learning initiatives… And finally, two things that I’m ridiculously excited about! Totally entering the Viral Video Competition!
I even bumped into Gareth who I’d met a week before in Novi Sad! It was so fun to see him again so soon! As 5pm came, I headed out and over to The Hand & Flower to meet Kerstin and other language lovers; namely Angelika of Angelika’s German, and Yohanna who writes Compassionate Language Learner. Blogging tucked up at your desk can get quite lonely sometimes so it’s nice to be able to put faces to the names and talk all things language and blogging with some like-minded ladies! We had a great conversation dispelling the myth of the word ‘polyglot’ before heading up to the private ‘after-Language-Show’ party hosted by Vocab Express and Linguascope among others. After more chatting over our free drinks, Gareth joined Kerstin, Yohanna, and myself – just before Kerstin left, but just in time for the language pub quiz! I have to say, we very nearly aced it with what we thought was a pretty pathetic 46 and a 1/2 until we heard 3rd place announced with 47! No way! So close yet so far. Next year…
On losing the quiz, me and Yohanna left and headed back on the Tube together before parting ways. I’ve mentioned Kerstin on the blog before, and I’ve been tweeting with Angelika for a while so I felt like I knew them slightly – albeit virtually – although it was still great to finally meet them in person! However, I’d only briefly come across Yohanna’s blog before, so it was a pleasure to meet her face to face before coming home and adding her to Bloglovin’ and feeling a sense of empathy as I read through her old posts. I definitely recommend all three bloggers as great sources of language inspiration if you haven’t already checked them out!
Were you at The Language Show? What was your favourite discovery this year? I’d love to know in the comments!