Executive Director

by mira.zakaria on 

August 18, 2016
Polyglot Indonesia National Gathering 2016 celebrates "Unity in Diversity"
TEASER PING 2016

In the honour of the Indonesian Independence Day and the same-dated 3rd anniversary of Polyglot Indonesia (17 August), the 4th Polyglot Indonesia National Gathering (PING 2016) is held this year in Jakarta, on 19-20 August 2016. The PING 2016 consists of the public “Speak Up!”** Speech Contest, as well as internal plenary and workshop sessions for 30 representatives from PI Chapters all over Indonesia.

As a variety to our regular language exchange meet-ups in our chapters, the PING 2016 aims to encourage the Polyglot Indonesia community members to share inspirations on the topic of “Unity in Diversity” in form of a speech contest. Contestants are given five minutes to share about personal experiences, theories, innovative ideas or the relation of the topic to current news or issues – in a foreign language they master: Bahasa Indonesia or English.

A jury, consisting of inspiring leads of Indonesian communities, will chose the best and most inspiring contestants.  Winners of the contest will receive attractive prizes including merchandises and cash. Registration for the Speech Contest is opened until Friday, 19 August 2016 by filling the registration form. More information is available in the event announcement.

Polyglot Indonesia currently stands on 9 chapters spread over Indonesia, catering to different audiences with different activities in each chapter to encourage language practise and cultural exploration of its community members. Despite of the diversity however, Polyglot Indonesia follows one mission to become a hub and reference point for topics of languages and cultures. Previous PINGs were held in Semarang (2015), Jakarta (2014) and Yogyakarta (2013).

** “Speak Up!” is the slogan of Polyglot Indonesia, reminding us all to speak up for our opinions, to ask for our rights, and to be brave enough to express oneself even in languages and cultures that are different from our own.

 

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Polyglot Indonesia started its activities 2013 as a community for language enthusiasts with the aim to support language practise in a fun and relaxed environment. Polyglot Indonesia also facilitates information exchange on language and culture and serves as a networking platform for all its members, no matter the nationality. Polyglot Indonesia aspires to become an organization for Indonesians to use as a base to practise their language skills. We are certain that our organization will contribute to a positive change to Indonesia and its people.

By June 2016, Polyglot Indonesia serves to a community of more than 16.500 members on the Facebook Discussion Group, with over 13.000 likes on the Facebook Page and over 6.000 followers on the @polyglotindo Twitter Account. Polyglot Indonesia has initiated Language Exchange Meet-ups in 9 cities: Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Aceh, Surabaya,Semarang, Malang, Kebumen and Bali. In addition to hosting Language Exchange Meet-ups regularly, Polyglot Indonesia also brings together its members to take part in foreign language Movie Nights events and provides contribution about foreign and local language facts through its Webforum, Facebook Fanpage and Twitter account. Participants of Polyglot Indonesia Meet-ups range over a wide variety of backgrounds and age: school children, high-school students, university students to entrepreneurs, researchers and working professionals.

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