Preliminary program for the 20th International Interlingua Conference / 14th Nordic Interlingua Rally Duration
: July 29th at noon - August 3rd at 1 pm. Location
: Löftadalens Folkhögskola, Åsa, Sweden Arranged by
: Union Mundial pro Interlingua, Svenska Sällskapet för Interlingua, Dansk Interlingua Union, Norsk Interlingua Union, Suomen Interlinguayhdistys More information
: http://www.interlingua.dk/nordic2014 Welcome
Welcome to the big Interlingua event of the summer! We look forward to welcoming the participants to six days of unique experiences in beautiful Sweden. Below you will find a preliminary program.
See you there! Basic structure
8.00 a.m.: Breakfast
9:00 a.m.-12.00 noon A: Introductory course
9:00 a.m.-10.00 a.m. B: Conversation course
10.00 a.m.-12.00 noon B: Workshops (see p. 5)
12.00 noon: Dinner (hot meal)
1.00 p.m.: "Afternoon coziness" with socializing and leisurely activities. Those workshops that wish to carry on working may do so
2.30 p.m.: Coffee break
3.00 p.m.: Joint sessions (see p. 3)
5.00 p.m.: Supper (cold meal)
(6.30 p.m.: Joint sessions may be continued)
7.00 p.m.: Leisurely evening with entertainment, games, singing and music, etc. Deviations from this structure may occur due to excursions and other activities according to the wishes of the participants. Program for the opening day Tuesday, July 29, 2014
12.00 noon: Dinner (hot meal)
1.00 p.m.: Courses
2.30 p.m.: Coffee break
3.00 p.m.: Welcome and official opening
3.30 p.m.: Presentation of the workshops
5.00 p.m.: Supper (cold meal)
6.00 p.m.: Joint session
7.00 p.m.: Leisurely evening Evenings
Leisurely activities, socialization, singing, music, performances, quizzes, croquet, board games, etc. Excursions
We expect to go on several excursions during the week. The destinations have not yet been set but may include the castle of Tjolöholm. Courses
Course A: Introductory Course (for beginners)
Course B: Conversation Course (for more advanced speakers) Joint activities
• (Tuesday) Welcome and official opening By Sven Frank, president of UMI, Barbara Rubinstein, President of SSI, and Thomas Breinstrup, president of DIU.
• (Tuesday ) Presentation of the workshops
The various projects are presented (see "Workshops" below), to give the participants a better basis for deciding which workshops to take part in.
• (Wednesday) Interlingua in Scandinavia Reports from the Nordic Interlingua organizations
• Report from UMI President of UMI Sven Frank talks about results and planned activities.
• Local Interlingua groups - how we do it Session about the three local Interlingua groups in Scandinavia.
• (each day ) Workshop reports Representatives from the different workshops report on how the work is progressing.
• Resolutions Adoption of two or three resolutions of the conference/rally, that may subsequently be communicated to the press and published on the web.
• "How to use Interlingua professionally" by Sven Fran
• "How to learn a language in 100 hours by means of hypnosis" by Sven Frank
• "A more effective democracy" by Ruud Harmsen
• "The history of Interlingua" by Ingvar Stenström
• "Music and composition" by Inger Olsson
• "Interlingua on the computer" by Thomas Breinstrup Presentation of useful tools such as electronic dictionaries and spell checkers, and useful sites on the Internet, including Wikipedia in Interlingua.
• Travel talk Participants talk about (and preferably show photos from) interesting destinations they have visited. Please contact us if you wish to present a destination! (15-20 minutes)
• Literary café Be part of an inspiring discussion about interesting Interlingua books and take part in the quiz!
• Literary café II What is *your* favorite book in Interlingua?
• (Saturday) Final workshop report The representatives present the final result of the workshops and describe possible plans for further cooperation.
• (Saturday) Closing ceremony
• Speakers' corner Anyone may give lectures on a topic of their own choosing. (If the presentation is expected to last more than 20 minutes, it may be useful to contact the organizers in advance.) Workshops Below is a preliminary description of the planned workshops. The workshops take place over several days and you are welcome to join, or switch between, multiple groups. If you have ideas for other workshops, please inform the organizers as soon as possible.
• Workshop for beginners (only in the afternoon) For the novices who wish to spend the early afternoon learning and practicing Interlingua.
• Poetry Workshop We work with poetry and song lyrics in Interlingua, by translating from other languages and also by writing our own original works. Special poetic forms, such as /haiku/ may be explored, and we may delve into the prosaic and try to write short stories. etc.
• Musical Workshop We sing and play together with instruments that we borrow from the school or have brought from home. Beginners can have piano lessons, and the more experienced can jam and learn from each other. We may practice some songs that can we can perform in the evenings or at the party on Saturday night, and maybe we can even write an official conference song.
• Translation Workshop We work with translating texts into Interlingua and help each other find solutions to the "tricky bits". We may continue projects that were started in previous conferences or local groups. This includes translating the UNESCO World Heritage site list, and an Interlingua cookbook and a gastronomic dictionary. We may also work with translating the Basic Interlingua Dictionary (containing the 2500 most frequent words) into other languages.
• Pecha Kucha We make a Pecha Kucha presentation of Interlingua in the language of all the participants. Pecha Kucha is a form of presentation where 20 images are shown for 20 seconds each, while a narrator talks about the topic that the images represent. Pecha Kucha arrangements are held in many cities world wide.
• 10 articles for Wikipedia in Interlingua Quick-start guide on how to write articles for the Interlingua version of Wikipedia - the world's leading free and open encyclopedia. Practice your Interlingua writing skills and brush up on your knowledge on various topics at the same time.
• 10 reasons to use Interlingua (white paper) Help make a short and easily read white paper of 8-10 A4 pages with a clear description of Interlingua and its potential usefulness for both individuals and businesses.
• Interlingua and the natural languages We explore how Interlingua may provide a greater understanding of the natural languages. Suggested topics:
1) Interlingua and Scandinavian: We explore the foreign words in our own language and learn, by means of Interlingua, what they really mean.
2) Interlingua and English: Same same as in point 1), but with English. This can be a great help in expanding your English vocabulary.
3) Interlingua and the Romance languages: An Interlingua speaker can to a large extent communicate with speakers of the Romance languages, but many words are still different. For example, before going to Spain, it may be useful to know that you should say "cama" instead of "lecto" and "comer" instead of "mangiar". We explore which important words are different in Interlingua and one or more Romance languages.
• The grammar of Interlingua The grammar of Interlingua is easy, but the original "Interlingua grammar" is a bit vague and difficult to understand on certain important points. We discuss the points of doubt and try to find the solution. (Please note that the object is not a revision of the grammar, but a clarification of the existing rules.)
• Formation of new words in Interlingua The introduction to the Interlingua-English Dictionary provides certain rules for the formation of new words in Interlingua, but unfortunately the text is somewhat vague and difficult to understand. We try to obtain a better understanding of the rules, enabling more Interlingua speakers to form new words themselves if they are not already in the dictionary. (Please note that the object is not a revision of the rules, but a clarification of the existing rules.) Contact the organizers : "info" AxT "interlingua" DxOxT dk
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