GermanPolyglot wrote:Maybe "language aficionado" might be a better term?
I like this term! I actually think highly of "language hobbyist" too. Polyglot is a cool word to a native English speaker, because it's rarely used. But:
wrote:Less welcome are "Youtube polyglots": influencers who record videos saying "Hello! How are you?" in a bunch of languages and pretending that one can learn a language in a week (or: that all polyglottery is just a trick), devaluing the work of polyglots who have put years and years into their languages and actually reached high levels of fluency in multiple languages.
This has ruined the word for many people. They say things like "I hate polyglots" to target these shysters, and don't realize they are hating on a lot of legitimate people too. It's sad.
wrote:There are two main events for the polyglot community: the Polyglot Conference and the Polyglot Gathering.
Thanks for explaining the difference between the gathering and the conference. I need to go to one of these!