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So we are just three months away from the very first UX Camp CPH. Planning is going steady and we are all ready to give it the final kick in order to create the best possible conditions for an amazing event. But while we are busy planning, we just want to cover a question we’ve asked ourselves a couple of times: “How do we conquer the language barrier?”
It might not come as a big surprise that danish can be pretty tricky if you are not from one of the Scandinavian countries. And we do realize that the choice of language can have an excluding effect on many.
So here are the two scenarios:
1. If we choose an all-danish approach we’ll exclude a large amount of potential attendees from outside Denmark and even internationals living in Denmark – and we don’t want that.
2. If we choose an all-english approach we might scare of potential danish attendees that feel uncomfortable in communicating in a foreign language – and we are not too keen on that either.
So what do we do? Well, we’ve decided to go the pragmatic way and chosen scenario 1,5 – the “in-between” scenario. We know that the largest amount of attendees will be danish and we will not force you to speak english if you are not up for it – but we want to bring in talent from outside Denmark as well, so be prepared to speak a little bit of english when needed.
So what we are trying to say is that you might want to prepare your session in english. But that’s not a problem, because danes love to speak english, right? And to our international guests: “Don’t worry, we’ll speak english. Welcome to UX Camp in Copenhagen.”