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23rd International Interlingua Conference23rd International Interlingua Conference
of the Union Mundial pro Interlingua (UMI)

21 – 28 September 2019 | Welcome to Prague!

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Those who attend the 23rd International Interlingua Conference in Prague will be able to enjoy seven days full of highly varied experiences.

UMI The 23rd International Interlingua Conference in Prague, held from the 21st to the 28th of September 2019, will abound in a variety of activities, discussions, excursions, conversations, entertainment, presentations, lectures, fresh knowledge, new inspiration and – certainly – a multitude of new initiatives and projects.


Schedule

Preliminary. Changes are still possible.
(updated 8th August 2019) (This English translation may lag behind the original Interlingua version.)

Saturday, the 21st of September 2019

14:00-22:00 Arrival
  • Arrival of the participants
  • Getting settled in the rooms
  • Preparation of the conference rooms, etc.
  • Room to meet and talk

Sunday, the 22nd of September 2019

07:00-09:00 Breakfast
10:00-11:00 Introduction to the programme
  • Word of welcome from Bohdan Šmilauer, chair of the Czech Interlingua Union
  • Practical information
  • Introduction to the hotel and conference rooms
  • Introduction to the programme (Thomas Breinstrup)
11:00-12:00 Participant introductions
Participants are invited to introduce themselves and their country in Interlingua so we get to know each other better. You may want to prepare some brief words at home.
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:00 Conversation to exercise your Interlingua
14:00-16:15 Beginner's Course
Instructor: Madeleine Mahé
Conversation Course (advanced)
Instructor: Thomas Breinstrup
16:15-17:30 Session: Discussion and experiences re teaching Interlingua in the participants' countries
Participants describe activities and ways to organise Interlingua courses and/or study circles in their countries. How does teaching work best? What are the best tips and hints?
17:30-18:00 Break
18:00-19:30 Supper
19:30-22:00 Free evening
Conversation, quizzes, music, etc.

Monday the 23rd of September 2019

07:00-09:00 Breakfast
09:00-10:30 Opening of the 23rd International Interlingua Conference
  • Word of welcome from Madeleine Mahé, chair of the World Interlingua Union
  • Word of welcome from Bohdan Šmilauer, chair of the Czech Interlingua Union
  • Interlingua in 2019 – an overview, Julian Mendez, secretary general of the World Interlingua Union
  • Peptalk by Thomas Breinstrup, editor of Panorama and chair of the Danish Interlingua Union
10:30-11:00 Welcome to Prague
Each week in Prague, the CAP centre (Centre for Activation Programmes) for pensioners offers group courses, including Interlingua courses. They also promote the Interlingua courses. The institution is founded and financed by Prague 8 Social Services. Lucie Vitkovská is the director, who thus supports Interlingua, and will give her word of welcome to the conference participnats in name of the Prague municipal authorities.
11:00-11:30 Lecture: The importance of the Latin language for European linguistics
Dr. Lucie Kopecká, professor of Latin language at the Carolina University of Prague (the lecture will be in Latin – but translated to Interlingua).
11:00-11:30 Lecture: A lessson on European languages
Here is the man who commands at least ten languages – the polyglot, Dr. Ivan Grün.
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:00-14:15 Beginners' Course
Instructor: Madeleine Mahé
Conversation Course (advanced)
Instructor: Thomas Breinstrup)
14:15-15:30 Beginners' Course (continued)
Instructor: Madeleine Mahé
Workshop: Promoting Interlingua. Practical workshops on how to write texts promoting Interlingua that each country may translate in order to avoid duplicate work.
15:30-16:00 Coffee/Tea Break
16:00-17:00 Introduction to Prague and the Czech Republic
A humoristic and informative presentation.
Presenter: Jiří Kubínek
17:00-18:00 Lightning mini-course of the Czech language
An entertaining preparation on how to master the (difficult?) language of our conference's host country. An introduction to Czech conversation for travellers – a lightning course with practical information.
Instructor: Jiří Kubínek
18:00-19:30 Supper
19:30-22:00 Free evening
Conversation, quizzes, music, etc.

Wednesday, the 24th of September 2019

07:00-09:00 Breakfast
09:00-09:30 Excursion: departure
09:30-11:30 Excursion: Visit to the Czech Senate
The senators Pavel Štohl and Vladislav Vilímec welcome you. Pavel Štohl is the Vice President of the Senate's Education, Science, Culture, Human Rights and Petitions Committee. Vladislav Vilímec is the President of the Senate's National Economy, Agriculture and Transport Committee.
Discussion on the theme: Does the thought of a universal and formalised language for international communication make sense in the era of the global economy? Can Interlinga support better international understanding? (The discussions will be translate from Czech to Interlingua and vice versa.)
11:30-13:00 Excursion: Visit to the Prague Castle
After the visit to the Senate, participants will walk to the Prague Castle. We will visit the cathedral of Prague and the surroundings.
During the excursion we will also take the group photo.
13:00-14:30 Excursion: Lunch in a restaurant close to the Prague Castle
14:30-18:00 Excursion: Visit to Tycho Brahe's tomb and Klementinum
  • Visit to the tomb of the famous Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) in the Church of Our Lady before Týn.
  • Visit to the famous barogue Klementinum library (the ancient Jesuit monastery).
18:00-19:30 Excursion: Supper in Monmartre restaurant
19:30-22:00 Free evening
Conversation, quizzes, music, etc.

Wednesday, the 25th of September 2019

07:00-09:00 Beakfast
09:00-10:00 Beginners' Course
Instructor: Madeleine Mahé
Conversation Course (advanced)
Instructor: Thomas Breinstrup
10:00-11:00 Beginners' Course (continued)
Instructor: Madeleine Mahé
Workshop: New technology in Interlingua
A specialised vocabulary is imporant when working with Interlingua in various professional domains. This session will focus on establishing a vocabulary for new technology.
11:00-12:00 Beginners' Course (continued)
Instructor: Madeleine Mahé
Workshop: Interlingua Translation Hackaton (part 1 of 2)
A hackaton – i.e. lightning workshop – for translation in Interlingua of e.g. an interesting or touristic website.
Instructor: Julian Mendez
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:15-14:15 Presentation: Automated translation and Interlingua
Milan Čondák presents his site http://www.condak.cz/nove/ and his work with "Computer Aided Translation" (CAT) in Interlingua. At the end will be a discussion with the public about the possibilities – and challenges.
14:15-15:00 Presentation: Translating software in Interlingua
Mozilla is an organisation that develops Open Source software. Efforts have been made to translate the software itself in Interlingua, e.g. Firefox (the web browser), and sites that document the software. Carmelo Serraino, who has been making translations for several years in collaboration with other Interlingua users, presents the results of Mozilla projects on Interlingua development. Then we will discuss how to organise structured groups of competent volunteers to assist in this work.
Presenter: Carmelo Serraino
15:00-16:00 Translating the 51,500 words
The list of 51,500 Interlingua words, extracted from the big Interlingua-Dutch dictionary by Piet Cleij and used (inversely) in the "Dictionario inverse de interlingua", is a foundation on which to build future Interlingua dictionaries. Each Interlingua word is annotated with an abbreviation indicating the word type, "sb", "vb", "adj", "adv" etc., so we “only” need to add the translations in the national language.
Bohdan Šmilauer explains how he has created the Czech dictionaries based on this list and with the help of other electronic dictionaries.
Presenters: Thomas Breinstrup and Bohdan Šmilauer
16:00-18:00 International Internet sessions (via Skype)
Non-participants are invited to participate in the conference anyway, via Skype.
  • Welcome
  • Topics: introduction + session leader [to be announced]
18:00-19:30 Supper
19:30-22:00 Free evening
Conversation, quizzes, music, etc.

Thuesday, the 26th of Septembre 2019

07:00-09:00 Breakfast
09:00-10:00 Beginners' Course
Instructor: Madeleine Mahé
Conversation Course (advanced)
Instructor: Thomas Breinstrup
10:00-11:00 Beginners' Course (continued)
Instructor: Madeleine Mahé
Workshop: Varying Interlingua styles
Interlingua has many words that exist in two variants (so-called collaterla forms), a "Latin" form and a "Romance" form. This is a discussion to give an overview of the two variants and the pros and cons of using one variant or the other.
11:00-12:00 Beginners' Course (continued)
Instructor: Madeleine Mahé
Workshop: Writing for Wikipeida (part 1 of 2)
During the session, we'll write the non-existing articles that are the most searched in the Interlingua Wikipedia.
Coordinator: Julian Mendez, co-administrator of Wikipedia in interlingua
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:15-14:30 Workshop: The role of national representation
National organisations and individual persons officially represent Interlingua via the Union Mundial pro Interlingua (UMI) in many countries of the world. These organisations and representatives work to spread Interlingua knowledge and use. We will discuss the role of national representations to collect good ideas and create inspiration – and to assist the UMI Executive Council in creating a “mini-manual” for our representatives.
Coordinators: Julian Mendez and Thomas Breinstrup
14:30-15:00 Presentation: Vietnam and its lingua
A lecture on travelling in Vietnam and on the Vietnamese language – maybe with a lightning Vietnamese language course for interlinguists?
Presenters: Michel and Cathrine Prim
15:30-16:00 Coffee/Tea Break
16:00-18:00 Presentation: "Veteran" participants remember
"Veteran" participants talk about how the international Interlingua conferences used to be, many years ago – memories, reflections and maybe old photos.
18:00-19:30 Supper
19:30-22:00 Free evening
Conversation, quizzes, music, etc.

Friday, the 27th of September 2019

07:00-09:00 Breakfast
09:00-10:00 Workshop: How to translate an expression?
How to translate an expression in Interlingua that exists in another language – tips and good advice. One example is "Ghosting"... the responses are very amusing!
Coordinator: Madeleine Mahé
10:00-11:00 Interlingua Translation Hackaton (part 2 of 2)
A hackaton – i.e. lightning workshop – for translation in Interlingua of e.g. an interesting or touristic website.
Instructor: Julian Mendez
Workshop: Writing for Wikipedia (part 2 of 2)
During the session, we'll write the non-existing articles that are the most searched in the Interlingua Wikipedia.
Coordinator: Julian Mendez, co-administrator of Wikipedia in Interlingua
11:15-12:00 Presentation: This year's poetry
Marcus Scriptor (pseudonym of Kenneth Platter from Sweden) is the most diligent poet in Interlingua. Each month he publishes poetry and poetic videos (often with music) in his blog. Here he will present a selection of his recent work.
Presenter: Kenneth Platter
12:00-13:00 Lunch
13:15-14:15 Workshop: How to use Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter etc. to promote interlingua
A practical session, in which “experts” show possibilities (and explain what not to do!), and to which all can contribute their experiences – and good ideas for future promotions.
14:15-15:45 Session: Miscellaneous
Loose ends that came up during the conference and that need to be discussed before closing.
14:45-16:00 Official closure of the conference, future projects, goodbye
  • Conference evaluation: what was good – what could be better next time?
  • Summarisation: future plans – what has been the result of the conference week, and what is the work to do now, when everyone returns home
  • Official closure of the 23rd International Interlingua Conference:
    Madeleine Mahé, chair of the World Interlingua Union
    Bohdan Šmilauer, chair of the Czech Interlingua Union
  • Goodbye for now!
16:00-19:30 Time for a walk and shopping + supper in the city
19:30-22:00 Entertainment Evening
Festive evening with entertainment, comfort and conversation. All participants are invited to prepare one or more festive contributions.

Saturday, the 28th of September 2019

07:00-09:00 Breakfast
09:00-12:00 Departure, before 12 o'clock
Rooms need to be vacuated at 12pm at the latest.

Read more about the conference and book your place: www.interlingua.com/conferentia/2019

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