Learning Esperanto is an elaborate prank for my husband
This may seem a bit odd, but my husband is just instantaneously annoyed about anyone learning and/or talking about Esperanto. He's the kind of guy that doesn't get annoyed by anything. So of course, being the troll that I am, I decided to learn it. On top of that, I have convinced 6 of our closest friends and my brother-in-law to also learn it. We plan to speak it in front of him. He knows that I am learning it, but he doesn't know about our friends. I'll keep you all posted with progress and his reaction when it finally happens.
PS. I asked him about other "dead" languages. We live in Oklahoma. He thinks learning Cherokee would be worth while to preserve heritage. However, Esperanto doesn't meet his requirements for some reason.
A friend drunkly spouted out some Esperanto at a "friendsgiving." My husband didn't notice until I looked at him to catch his expression. Then he asked how many people were in on it. I said "about 7." To which he replied I can understand what you're saying. It's close enough to spanish. Then I started spouting off in EO... to which he replied by handing a glass of wine to me. Cue the losing music from The Price is Right. (he's very quiet.) I know that he doesn't understand me. I told him I wanted him to learn it as a Christmas present for me. He replied to that by giving me a kitten. A kitten which I only speak Esperanto to. Mi amas mia katidon!
UPDATE AGAIN! My husband was a little more tipsy than I thought when the joke first unveiled. I guess he either wasn't really listening or forgot. It's difficult to tell when he's tipsy. So He came home yesterday (his last work day of 2015.) He walked in and announced "WHY F*** ARE PEOPLE AT THE RESEARCH CENTER TALKING TO EACH OTHER IN ESPERANTO?!" I wish you all could have seen the smile like the Cheshire Cat dance across my face. I said "Mi ne scii." "oh mY GOD!" he exclaimed getting louder at the end. My friends are the best!
-Esperantrollino/Nupangea/Allison McDaniel OUT!
I told him I wanted him to learn it as a Christmas present for me.
Well, that's unlikely to work... The world is full of people who would like nothing more than their spouses learning their mother tongue, never mind a language to which they have no connection and which would be of limited practical use. Some people respond well to learning under this kind of pressure from a loved one. Others really, really don't.
I say it's Esperanto. And being in a university setting everyone so far has heard of Esperanto before (or at least are acting like it:). We've had a fun short chat about Esperanto, languages and math in one of my classes, but I doubt any of my students have jumped into Duolingo just yet :)
I'm also from Oklahoma (Tulsa) and I took 1 semester of Cherokee at NSU in Tahlequah (the capital of the Cherokee Nation) about 8 or 9 years ago. It was very difficult, although I partly attribute that to the way it was taught. I only remember 2 words: agiyosiha (not sure of spelling, but it means "I'm hungry") and suli (which means "goose"). I assume you are referring to NSU, but are you sure they are the only ones who offer Cherokee? I thought OU and possibly even OSU also offered Cherokee and a few other Native American languages, but maybe not.
By the way, all Native American languages are endangered. Cherokee, however, is better off than all of them. It might even become the first such language to be available with Google Translate soon.
UPDATE!!!! Husband went on another rant in the car last night when I was trying to explain to my friends (in the backseat) about how much I like learning Esperanto. Husband: "I mean. Who? WHO!? Who are you gonna speak Esperanto to? Me: Lots of people speak Esperanto! THEY HAVE A VERY LIVELY COMMUNITY! Husband: I mean like no one around here speaks it. I should say the couple in the backseat are in on the joke... Husband doesn't know that at this point. They look at each other and look at me with restrained smiles. Me: There are at least TWO other people around here that speak it! (Talking about the two Oklahomans that I've talked to on this thread.) Husband: Are they guys? Me: Yep! Husband: Is that weird? Me: NOPE! Husband: You're weird! Me: Acknowledged!
Fellow Okie :). I dabbled in Cherokee as well, but that was way too difficult and I didn't know any other speakers. I live closer to Lawton, speakers are pretty sparse out here. Comanche is easier, but hardly anyone speaks it even on the rez. Quite a shame really, Oklahoma has such a rich cultural heritage, and now its being replaced by European languages instead. I'm learning French now, mainly because its the only language I can actually find speakers in. All the natives are paranoid about me trying to learn their language if I am not apart of their tribe, save for Cherokee. I'd like to think in an Esperanto-speaking world, these endangered languages could be preserved while we all share the common tongue for government and business.
I know! If a white person tries to learn Cherokee, they either love you or hate you for it. I haven't tried Comanche. I'd like to learn Choctaw. Also I just looked and found this: http://www.choctawschool.com/classes/community-classes.aspx I'd like to start going to the Tulsa classes after I master Esperanto.
Comanche is easy, its like Latin as far as sentence structure and pronunciation. For the most part anyways. I think there are only around 600 speakers, something like 30 of which are native speakers. They've been aggressively Americanized. Afraid I know nothing of Choctaw, none of that runs in my family to my knowledge lol. Whats it like? Esperanto, though it may seem counter intuitive, is actually a good language hack for learning other languages quickly. It helped me pick up French a lot faster than just learning French by itself would have. I am strongly considering moving to Canada, where certain Iroquoian language, like Tuscarora or something. I wonder if natives in Canada are more paranoid or less? I just like the way they sound to be honest lol, and their concepts are very different from what I am use to as a western, which I find interesting.
I haven't tried Choctaw yet, but it looks like a fun language. I believe Oklahoma is actually Choctaw for "land of the red man." So you at least know 3 words right there. Oklah is red. I assume homa is home/land. As a language nerd, I get all wide eyed and bushy tailed when I hear a native language. Then they give the judging stare... and I apologize in word vomit form... but... which language is that? googling immediately
Tuscarora is one of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederation. Sounds like Cherokee, though I assume less complicate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BlzXiS7xZ4
Let me know how the prank goes. Some people in these comments are taking this prank way too seriously I think lol. Knowing a language others dont is convenient for whenever you don't want to talk to them. If someone I don't like tries to talk to me, now I'll just be like: Désolé? Je ne parler pas en anglais, comment en français, s'il vous plait?
I'm going to differ from other posters here. I think your husband's attitude (from your desciption of it) is a bit daft; but from what you've said you've decided to do something primarily to annoy someone, and encouraged others to do it to exclude said person. Not exactly taking the higher road...
I think if they would persist in speaking it in front of him, it would be a way to exclude him. But if it's just an incredibly elaborate and work intensive way of making him very, very surprised at a particular point in time, it actually sounds like a homage. They go through all this effort just to see his reaction!
If they simply wanted to exclude him, they could secretly learn any other language that he has no strong feelings about instead, and speak that one in front of him.
(And someone who takes the fun out of popcorn frankly deserves a bit of a prank...)
uMM,,, yOUR HUMAN pOPCORN IS,,, uHH,,, qUITE TASTY,,, aLTHOUGH IT IS HARD TO,,, uHH,,, eAT WITH,,, uHH,,, tROLL TEETH,,, (going ooc for a bit, as a cosplayer, I can personally tell you to NEVER try it with Kanaya fangs in. YOU WILL PAY THE PRICE aka stupid-long fangs that get the popcorn stuck everywhere possible in them and then you have to go home and clean them, which is quite hard....)