I was recently in Paris to present at a conference and I was finally able to check out Mundolingua, a museum of languages and linguistics that opened last year. It’s on Rue Servandoni in the 6th, just south of Saint Sulpice.
The first fun/nerdy thing to play with is this interactive IPA chart. Press the button and hear how the consonants are pronounced.
There are plenty of videos to watch and activities to do to learn about the world’s languages and the various topics that encompass linguistics.
You can also just hang out in the back and read language books, or play language games downstairs. Check out the Scrabble rug (available online here)! They’ve made tiles for English, French, Spanish, Russian and Arabic so far.
They even have a small cinema room where you can watch DVDs. The toilet is multilingual too.
Mundolingua costs 7€ for adults and it’s open 7 days a week.
Dr. Wagner has a PhD in Linguistics and is dedicated to learning and teaching languages online and abroad. She has studied in Quebec and Australia, taught English in France, and is currently based in the US.