What is your experience of multilingualism in Scotland? Do you live and raise your family in another language or languages? Are you interested in learning other languages or languages? Do you have any questions, worries or stories related to multilingualism that you would like to share with us?

Join Professor Antonella Sorace and Dr Katarzyna Przybycień for this interactive Polish-language talk at Edinburgh’s Festival of Freedom, organised by Beetroot Collective.

In 2011, Polish was revealed to be the most commonly spoken language in Scotland after English, Scots and Gaelic, with 1.1% of all Scots, saying they spoke Polish at home (Census 2011). It is also one of 154 languages spoken as the main home language by pupils in publicly funded schools in Scotland (Pupil Census, 2022).

Scotland’s multilingual aspirations are reflected in its language policies and its multilingual population. Gaelic and British Sign language enjoy a status equal to English and a Scottish Government consultation regarding the status of Scots is currently underway. Visit us at Festival of Freedom and hear the myths and facts about multilingualism.

  • Date & Time: 12 May, 12:40pm
  • Venue: Room 1, Southside Community Centre, 117 Nicolson St, Edinburgh EH8 9ER
  • Price: FREE
  • Duration: 30 mins
  • Age: Children and families welcome

Find out more about the Festival of Freedom on their website.

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