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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre

Discover the weird and wonderful world of languages!

This autumn the MEITS (Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies) project is launching an innovative Pop-Up World of Languages to fill this gap - a journey through three zones to uncover the hidden treasures of languages through family-friendly, hands-on activities and games:

Languages and me

Why should we bother to learn languages? You may be surprised to find out:

  • how learning a language can boost your brain power
  • how many languages you already know without even realising
  • where languages can take you in life

Languages around me

All you have to do is stop, look and listen! Here, you will explore:

  • different accents, and your reactions to them
  • translating the untranslatable… can it be done?
  • the many languages around us in our cities, towns and villages

Languages in the world

There are thousands of different languages in the world! Here, you will discover:

  • which languages are most spoken and which are in danger
  • whether some languages are trickier than others
  • the different sounds and writing systems languages use


There will be a preview day for a limited number of school visits on Friday 18th October. For information about availability and booking, please contact

Saturday, 19 October, 2019 - 10:00 to Sunday, 27 October, 2019 - 17:00
Event location: 
‘Escape At The Grafton’ on the ground floor, The Grafton Centre, Cambridge, CB1 1PS

What we do

Cambridge Language Sciences is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. Our virtual network connects researchers from five schools across the university as well as other world-leading research institutions. Our aim is to strengthen research collaborations and knowledge transfer across disciplines in order to address large-scale multi-disciplinary research challenges relating to language research.