It’s almost time for the 4th Annual Online Women in Language Conference! This year I’ll be one of the speakers along with my friend and colleague, Karina Pearl Thorne. Our presentation is titled “Share Your Story – Making Connections Across Languages.”
I had the great pleasure of talking with Kerstin Cable, one of the co-organizers for the conference for this episode and it’s chock-filled with information. If you’ve attended before or never attended this event, I’m sure you’ll find our conversation interesting.
This online conference is for everyone who enjoys languages. Anyone can attend. All ages. All genders. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a polyglot or you only speak your native language.
Enjoy! And I hope to see you at the conference March 4-7th.
About Kerstin Cable
Kerstin is a native German speaker and comes from the beautiful Moselle valley. She studied 6 languages in Germany and then packed them up and moved to England, where she has added 4 more so far, including her language crush, Welsh.
Kerstin has presented at universities and conferences. She’s been featured in the Guardian, the Cut, and on BBC Radio.
She is the host of the Fluent Show podcast, and author of the Language Habit Toolkit, Fluency Made Achievable, and The Vocab Cookbook.
Vocabulary from our conversation
- to move house (British English)
- to move to a new house (American English)
- (x amount of time) under our belt – a certain amount of experience
- polyglot – a person who knows how to speak more than one language
- neurodivergent – having different mental or brain functions
- rant – to speak or shout with passion about something, usually unfair
- to jump on something – to become very enthusiastic to take action
- (schedule) wrangler – a person in charge of a difficult task
About the conference
The Women in Language conference is the brainchild of three language learners/bloggers/entrepreneurs, Kerstin Cable, Lindsay Williams, and Shannon Kennedy.
They met in person, at Langfest in Montreal in 2017, and started to see a trend where it was more difficult for women to be seen as language learning experts.
“When you see something and it’s sort of bugging you, then you can moan about it a lot, or you can try and think about what you want to see in the world and what you want to create.”
“The mission of Women in Language is about slightly broadening this idea of what the language expert, the language leadership looks like. . . . (Speakers are) “women who have something to say, credible, and authoritative. They are incredibly important voices to hear.”
“The conference aims to celebrate, champion and amplify the voices of women in all aspects of language learning.” (from the womeninlanguage.com website)
“Language learning. . .I wish more people would see it as a rewarding, enriching, beautiful hobby and with that, take the pressure off and stop trying to get fluent in flippin’ 4 months or whatever. . . and just enjoy the journey.
To see it much more in the way that we look at exercise. . . something that is healthy, that makes your life better, that makes your life more fun and it just enriches you.”
More information about the conference
- The registration fee of $29 gives you access to the live event and the recordings.
- It’s scheduled in March to coincide with International Women’s Day.
- 10% goes to a global charity supporting women’s and girls’ education. This year the charity is Madre.
- Last year, over 700 people attended from 65 countries.
- There is an incredibly lively chat room where you can make connections with other attendees.
- There is a live Q & A with speakers and later in the Facebook group.
- All participants are entered into a raffle of language-related prizes.
- It’s really good fun!