Why to study Esperanto?
And not just European languages. I have a Dutch friend who speaks fluent Japanese and when I was teaching her Esperanto, she kept saying, "That's just like Japanese!" :)
An interesting article for the linguists among us: http://claudepiron.free.fr/articlesenanglais/europeanorasiatic.htm
It feel strange to admit it, but for Hindi, Esperanto can be very helpful.
Hindi uses Binary system of Declension of Nominative and Accusative . So, any order or every order is meaningful and natural in causal conversation. While it's a little diglossial in written form where SOV order is must. But in poetry, this flexibility is used to it's utmost and Often songs needs some practice to get used to. And Making yes/no questions Hindi is exactly like Esperanto. You just need to add 'kyaa' before a statement to convert into a question like 'ĉu' in Esperanto.
But this is not the reason that I will advise anyone to learn Esperanto for Hindi. Main reason will be the behavior of Post positions ( Hindi uses post positions instead of prepositions like in English), For English learners these post-positions and their prepositions are not a match made in Heaven, they give quite a hard time. Hindi has extremely regular ( it's really very regular) Grammar and Hindi speakers also have same difficultly with English. These are big challenges. I have finished 3/4th of Esperanto tree, it's always one-o-one mapping of Esperanto prepositions and Hindi post positions.
(other Indian language will be different story, they have 6/7 cases declension system, uses less post positions)
And when I was studying Japanese Grammar, I kept saying myself a lot, 'Japanese is just like Hindi.'
Practical arguments: (1) The language can be a bridge to learn another European language. (2) To understand grammar in general.
Esperanto has certainly helped me with grammar a lot. Without it I would have done far, far worse on my French exam.
Important traits of Esperanto
International: Esperanto is most useful for communicating among people of diverse nations who do not have a common mother tongue.
Neutral: It doesn't belong to one people or country, so it works as a neutral language.
Equal: When you use Esperanto, you feel more equal from a linguistic standpoint than when, for example, you speak Spanish with a native Spanish speaker.
Relatively easy: Thanks to the structure of Esperanto, it's usually much easier to master than other foreign languages.
Living: Esperanto evolves and lives just like other languages, and it can be used to express the most varied facets of human thought and emotion.
I got this from LERNU! I would add one thing: Esperanto is useful as preparation for learning other languages.
It's Latin-ita (or Latin-chen if you're German). It's sort of an auxiliary language (if that's the correct terminology). If you're interested in learning a Romance language, you will draw parallels to the different word roots very reliably and it will undoubtedly save some memorisation. For example the Spanish 'amar' and the Esperanto 'ami:' the 'am' is a reliable indicator of 'to love,' present in Italian's 'amare' and even Latin's 'amāre.' I'm unsure if there are many connections to other European languages, but the fact that it's so similar to Latin makes it invaluable to people like me. Even if you will never spend a second of your life speaking a Romance language, then learn it because, at it's core, it's extremely fun.
Because it is a wonderful, beautiful, fascinating language =)
Just enjoy it.
It is incredible!
Nope, facina means fascinating. Facila means easy. ArioSana was right.
It's fun to be able to learn a bit about a language that isn't as widely well known as it should be. And it definitely helps with other languages, that for sure.
The history of Esperanto is really interesting and it's a fun and easy language to start learning. Not to mention that it's free to learn and you also have no consequences for deciding to stop - Why not try it out?
The question is why not learn Esperanto. Esperanto is a great language. Not only that, but it'll even give you an advantage if you're looking to learning other Latin based language. It'll also give you confidence in actually learning a language since it can be spoken and understood in short amount of time.
Es un lenguaje interesante, que permite ser uno creativo. Además ningún país lo quiere imponer. Ayudemos para que también este en español. Aunque en en la mayoría de idiomas hay cursos básicos de Esperanto. Los invite que mientras se escribe en español. Aprenderlo desde la plataforma de inglés.
It's a decent introduction to agglutinative languages, if you have an interest in them.
Once, when I was travelling in Indonesia I met a Japanese man who didn't speak English - and at the time I didn't speak any Japanese (I don't speak very much now either). But we both had learned some Bahasa Indonesia and were able to converse, both comfortable in the fact that we weren't really bad at the others native tongue. Interestingly, Bahasa Indonesia is also a relatively simple language, designed to be an "auxiliary" language for the many language groups in the different islands of Indonesia to be able to talk with each other. Since then I really like the idea of being able to talk to people whose native tongue is different to mine through an auxiliary language. In practice, with Esperanto this means finding people in other countries who speak Esperanto. The internet has made this easy and I look forward to meeting Esperantists from China, Brazil, Poland - any non-English speaking country and being able to converse with them. As a bonus I think that a lot of people who choose to learn Esperanto must have inquisitive minds. Yes I want to learn Mandarin, Portuguese, Polish etc but I think learning Esperanto is a great step along the way : )
Esperanto help me to learn other languages (or progress), because I don't live in multilanguage place. I am learning English and Esperanto at Duolingo and i want to learn other languages (or know). Esperanto is a good choice for the places, like in Brazil or in The USA, where we don't speak (or live near) other languages. * I like "play by duolingo". *
For me, the most important thing is to exercise my mind and prepare to learn more interesting languages. Esperanto is quiet logical and easy to learn, share roots with other languages, and have a good community with various speaking styles. Neat.
Esperanto isn't perfect, but it's close enough. Its rules are clever, clear, and simple. The language sounds good to the ear. Instead of learning 10 languages and not being as well-spoken as the native speakers of those languages, why not learn one? Imagine if the whole world had Esperanto as a secondary language.. It's something worth investing in, even if it takes a thousand years.
I have some questions about Esperanto: Why learn it when so few people speak it? Will it help me in my French course, or will it confuse me? What other languages can be made easier through Esperanto, and how many?