BOROVETS – The 15th International Olympiad in Linguistics is going to kick off in Dublin in a couple of days time so we here at LNNO wanted to answer some frequent questions asked (FQA) for first-time IOLers. It can be a very daunting process when you first arrive, so take a look at this guide and you’ll settle in much quicker!
“So, What’s the Deal With The Isle Of Man?”
Good question! If you ask the Manx team, their responses range from “It’s not part of the UK stop asking us that” to “I don’t fucking know either”. If you ask someone from the UK, they’ll say they’re “imposters”. Some might argue it’s a hoax, like Bielefeld. I guess the jury’s still out on this one!
“What is IOL Jeopardy?”
One of the American team leaders, Drago Radev, likes to hold a general knowledge quiz modelled after the American TV show of the same name. Some key characteristics of the show are kept for the IOL edition, including respondents having to give the question for a particular answer and the ever-confusing IOL History round. You should also be aware of last year’s allegedly “rigged” competition, in which the audience won by 1 point after the frontrunner, Liam Macknight, “couldn’t recognise” a photo of Bernie Sanders because it was from a “weird angle”.
LNNO Top Tip: Try to enjoy it this year, but don’t forget that it’s probably all scripted.
“How do I talk to the other competitors?”
If you come from an English-speaking country, congratulations! You don’t need to do anything to communicate with your fellow competitors. Otherwise, you’ll probably have to buckle down and learn some English. If you’re from Russia or Bulgaria, you can just talk to the jury, so I wouldn’t worry too much about that.
“6 hours seems like a long time! How can I survive that long?”
Anyone who’s ever been to IOL can attest that 6 hours is actually a really short amount of time, given the amount of work you have to do in the papers and compared to the awkward silences when you first try to talk to someone from a different team, which can last upwards of 3 days. Our advice is to buckle down and keep yourself busy and you’ll find that the time flies past, relatively speaking at least.
“Is IOL really mainstream enough to need a satirical news website?”
We don’t know what you’re talking about.