Five languages in five days?

“Five languages in five days” is the name of the four-day course I have just finished teaching.

Yes, you heard me: despite the name, it’s a four-day course.

So which is it, five days or four? Let’s see what Lewis Carroll said about a related issue:

“The name of the song is called ‘Haddocks’ Eyes‘.

“Oh, that’s the name of the song, is it?” Alice said, trying to feel interested.

“No, you don’t understand,” the Knight said, looking a little vexed. “That is what the name is called. The name really is ‘The Aged Aged Man’.”

“Then I ought to have said ‘That’s what the song is called?’” Alice corrected herself.

“No, you oughtn’t: that’s quite another thing! The song is called `Ways And Means’: but that’s only what it’s called, you know!”

“Well, what is the song, then?” said Alice, who was by this time completely bewildered.

“I was coming to that,” the Knight said. “The song really is `A-sitting On A Gate’.”

So the name of the course is called “Five languages in five days,” but the course actually is Five languages in four days. But actually it’s more than five languages. Got it?

Anyway, we successfully completed the course a few hours ago, having explored Norwegian, Esperanto, Turkish, Ancient Greek, and a fifth language chosen by each pair of students. (The chosen languages were Basque, Italian, Kichwan, Polish, Portuguese, Quechua, Russian, Scots, and Tagalog!) In addition, we had guest appearances describing Hungarian and Korean. Quite a variety!

Here are the posters that we are going to show at tomorrow’s Showcase:


Categories: Linguistics, Teaching & Learning, Weston