Everyone seems to know Esperanto....
I've noticed now after I've started the course how many people have the Esperanto flag by their names in the forums. It seems like everyone knows at least a little Esperanto, whether it be due to its simplicity, or just general interest in the language. I guess in that respect it has somewhat become an auxiliary language (after English of course) within Duolingo.
Has anyone else noticed this?
I just discovered it last night, even though I was here when they released it. The first thing I must say, I am shocked at how simple the language is. It took me a month to learn as much french as compared to 24 hours of Esperanto, taking it very slowly :D
Well, it was designed to be simple. Mi estas komencanto ankaŭ kaj mi pensas ol Esperanton estas facil, pli ol hispanan kaj Norvega. I can make this sentence after just a few days of Esperanto , meanwhile in say, Irish which I have been learning for longer, it takes me a little while to put together a sentence. And in Russian which I am a total newcomer to.... I can barely make a 3 word sentence. Mi ŝatas Esperanton ĉar estas facil. =D
Poste nur 16 tagoj, mi konas diri tion nur en Esperanto: "Mi povas fari tiun frazon poste nur iomete da tagoj de Esperanto. Samtempe, en la irlanda, ke mi lernis por pli longa, mi bezonas iomete da tempo por fari frazon. Kaj en la rusa, en ke me estas kompleta komencanto... mi povas malfacile fari frazon kun tri vortoj" Jes, Esperanto estas la plej facila lingvo! Mi amas Esperanton, kaj poste nur 16 tagoj! P.S. Se mi erarojn faris, skribu ilin al mi, mi petas.
Esperanto kind of sets the ground for learning other (European) languages. It is good for understanding linguistic patterns. Personally I attempted it because I plan to learn German sooner or later and do not want to stress myself out with too many "difficult" at this stage, so I decided to casually learn some Esperanto first.
Yes, Esperanto is great to learn. In just few days you are able to understand a lot (and I mean A LOT) of sentences. I haven't felt anything like that before (with natural languages).
I think Esperanto is sort of addictive, because one can relatively speedily get to a point of actually expressing oneself. One thing I've noticed with Esperanto, which I haven't in any of the other languages, is how many beginners have been talking and even joking in Esperanto in the sentence discussions, and even with mistakes, being able to understand and be understood. That's a huge confidence boost to any language learner.
I see you are learning Irish as well; I really enjoy learning Irish, but what a contrast! Irish has so many irregular verbs, when it comes to the verbal noun nearly ever verb is irregular, and so many weird plurals and the stuff with the prepositions, while immense fun and very interesting, takes a while to get used to. Apparently old Irish was even harder, with the verbs completely different when used in a negative sentence.
I think it would be perfect to think in Esperanto and dream in Irish.
The more difficult a language is, the more fun it is--but also the more tear-inducing. I personally would like to get on a stronger footing before moving on, but Welsh is on my hit list.
Interesting. I found Esperanto more fun, because I could express myself much better so much earlier than other languages. To each their own, I guess. :)
But yes, when I was learning Polish, I would often feel awesome when I finally grasped some ridiculously complex grammar concept, so I guess this is what you mean. :-D
Yes, that is what I meant.
Yes, Irish is quite difficult, but I think it is one of the most beautiful languages offered on Duolingo. To dream in Irish.....that would take a lot of time to become that fluent. Mi amas Esperanton ankaŭ, ĝi estas tre bela kaj simpla.
Well, when Esperanto came out I did the first skill of the tree just because I wanted the flag by my name. But saying I know a little Esperanto seems quite exaggerated as even the knowledge from the first skill has left my head again a long time ago.
Keep working on it! If you get good, you can host a Duolingo Event if you meet the requirements.