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Mi amas Esperanto!

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Eddi, Mar 30, 2020.

  1. Eddi

    Eddi Konatga Membro

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    kial vi ne lernas Esperanton?
    ĝi estas tre facila


    (Why are you not learning Esperanto?
    It's very easy)

    This is what I think:

    Esperanto should become the global lingua franca

    Everyone on Earth should learn Esperanto

    If everyone did the cause of world peace and unity would be advanced

    It is culturally neutral, it belongs to no one group or nationality

    Here is a wikipedia entry about it: Esperanto - Wikipedia

    Discuss.

    Fact: Esperanto nearly became the official language of the League of Nations but the French vetoed this, imagining that if Esperanto didn’t become the world’s common language then French would…

    I started learning the basics back in 2017 but have started studying it again

    It's super easy, in comparison to other languages
     
  2. Harel13

    Harel13 Well-Known Member

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    I think most people like their own languages, though. It'd be nice to be able to understand everyone wherever I go, but I'd like to keep my own language(s). The language is very much a part of our different cultures and traditions.

    Just on a side note, when I went to Poland in 12th grade, we also saw Zamenhof's grave, decorated with Esperanto flags and such.
     
  3. Eddi

    Eddi Konatga Membro

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    I think the idea is that everyone learns their own language (as well as any other language they may be interested in) alongside Esperanto, so that it becomes a common second language
     
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    I think this is the point in the conversation where every self-important nation steps in and says: alright, but why should that common second language be random Esperanto? It should be English/French/Russian/Chinese/German/Hindu/Arabic/etc...
     
  5. Eddi

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    And in response to that the Esperantist then goes and says that Esperanto should be the common second language rather than any pre-existing language because: 1) it has been constructed to be logical and regular and very easy to learn and 2) it belongs to no one group of people or nation, it is culturally neutral and favours no one nation, as having a natural language as the lingua franca would be
     
  6. Terry Sampson

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    :eek::DIn the U.S., it's unnecessary, suspiciously unpatriotic, and just plain weird to learn Esperanto.
     
  7. Amanaki

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    Norwegian is my first language (mother tongue)
    English is my second language.
    And German is becoming my third language.

    So far I can not say I had any problem traveling around, I been to most every European country and English did get me around, a few words in german or french does a good job too.

    So my vote would be no to Esperanto, but if others want to learn it, its nice
     
  8. Rival

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    I'm sure most people's second language is saying a random word of half-sentence and pointing, miming or making a weird expression.

    Having a universal second language would be good, though, and Esperanto seems as good as any.
     
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    International languages are created by economics and politics: over the centuries, in the West, Greek, Latin, French, English… Today, you can stand up in any major city in the world and say "Does anyone here speak English?" and some-one will come up. You'd have more luck with Welsh than with Esperanto!

    The linguist André Martinet summed it up when he wrote "The common mistake of nearly all language makers is to assume a demand where there is practically none. Well publicized and perfectly utilisable artificial languages have now been in existence for more than seventy years. Everybody knows about Esperanto, but no one, except a handful of idealists, ever bothers to learn it."

    As languages go, Esperanto is easier than many, but it has a lot of flaws, especially for non-Europeans. We tend to tolerate the problems of natural languages, but when a language claims to be easy and logical and it isn't, then we rebel.
     
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