More Esperanto courses?
Is Duolingo developing Esperanto courses for speakers of languages other than English? At the moment, Esperanto for English speakers appears to be the only one.
It would be great if there were Esperanto courses for Spanish, French, and German speakers because of the wide number of countries around the world where one of them or a variant is common.
My dream is that we will one day be smart enough to teach Esperanto first in the schools of first world countries and then allow our children to choose the native language they aspire to as they become teenagers.
There are numerous studies that indicate would be likely to get more multilingual people around the world if we took this approach.
My dream is that all schools teach Esperanto first to make learning other natural languages easier, but that everyone realizes how easy Esperanto is and it just slowly becomes the default way to communicate between speakers of other languages who can't communicate otherwise.
That's a great video. He really made me re-think how I presented the benefits of Esperanto to others.
That's my real dream too. :-)
But parents seem to need to believe that their kids are learning a "real" language if they are going to encourage it. Pointing out that "Esperanto first" will get them to English, Spanish, Chinese or another faster and better is the best way I have found to break down the barriers to them considering it seriously.
The kids are a different matter. I can usually convince them by giving them a few examples of why Esperanto is easier to learn than other languages (consistency, counting, no irregular verbs, suffixes for male/female/offspring, etc.)
That sounds like a beautiful dream, I hope that is how the world turns out