https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro

What are your reasons to learn Esperanto?

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Saluton! I would like to hear your reasons to learn Esperanto, it is an interesting language. Why are YOU learning Esperanto? The answer can be anything.
Here are my 2 favourite courses in to learn Esperanto of memrise: Esperanto duolingo course and Chat in Esperanto like a Native.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/gR3B3L

I want to prove that Esperanto is so easy that even I can learn it. :-)

More importantly, I want to give my kids an advantage in life by introducing them to Esperanto

Australia has no obvious second language and our attempts to give the benefits of a bi-lingual upbringing are an expensive failure of our education system. My kids have spent 3 years learning German (teacher left school) and then Chinese (ridiculously difficult). They have gained no functional skill in either language. They can't/won't tell me what they have learned.

If they had learned Esperanto instead, it wouldn't require a specialist teacher (they are now 9 years old) and the experience would have benefitted their English and maths. It would also have shown them that they CAN learn a language. Then later in life when they may want to learn a natural language for their own reasons, they will believe that they can and have a better chance of succeeding.

Secondly, I don't believe that Esperanto is "the language of peace". It hasn't solved any conflicts that I am aware of! But it I do believe it is better than that. It is the language of equality and when I read Esperanto forums I have no idea whether the author is a fellow native English speaker or not so my biases are lessened and I hear the other person's points more clearly.

Finally, I believe that we face a future with looming global issues (climate, water, terrorism, pollution, energy, etc) that will be best addressed via international negotiation and communication. We owe it to ourselves to ensure the best minds participate as equals and not just the ones that were best at learning English as well as their speciality or had the advantage of growing up in an English speaking environment.

By learning it myself, I can better explain to others why it is so easy and have the opportunity to speak to locals as an equal, regardless of where I travel. I can have a conversation in Esperanto, but I can only be an awkward, friendly tourist in French, German, Spanish and Italian.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jmclaughlin07

I'm Australian, and I learned Japanese for a couple of years in primary school. I would have kept learning it in high school, but they didn't teach it. I only remember a few words (greetings, colours, numbers). I feel we would have gotten more benefit if we had learned an easier language like Esperanto. We might actually have learned enough to have a conversation. I don't believe Esperanto will become the global language, although it would be nice if it did. I do believe that it's still worth learning. It would be nice to talk to people from other countries who do not speak English and have the conversation not be awkward.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro
PolyglotCiro
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Very well way of thinking, I would like that you watch this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzDS2WyemBI

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GrandaUrso

I like this comment very much =) Your kids will be grateful for another language when they grow up!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro
PolyglotCiro
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:)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RudolfFischer

Mi nur povas kuraghigi vin, eduki viajn infanojn dulingve: per la gepatra lingvo kaj per Esperanto. Mi faris tion same edukante tri denaskulojn, kaj unu el ili jam estas ankau tie chi. Niaj infanoj poste en la lernejoj multe pli rapide lernis aliajn lingvojn ol kutime. Krome estas tre eduke, jam kiel infano konatighi kun homoj (Esperantistoj) el la tuta mondo kaj sperti, ke ni estas komuna homaro.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JohnD62
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On the theme of "so easy even I can learn it," I've been joking that it's vital to attempt to learn Esperanto, because if you find that you can't learn it, you need to get a neurological workup. Now.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/S0S_90
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Hey, don't be so negative about your school system! I went to school in Germany where the language education is supposed quite good and I didn't learn any foreign language before the age of 13 (if you don't count Latin which started at the age of 11 but is in my opinion not a "real" language). At the age of 9 your children are still in primary school and I think it's quite normal to have no "functional skill" in foreign languages even if you have lessons. I guess they have learned a few songs and rhymes and maybe a few sentences like "Hello, my name is... I am from..." But if they want (or must) to continue learning German or Chinese in high school these experiences will help them. (When I started learning English in grade 7 most of my classmates allready had had English lessons in primary school and though they didn't have functional skills it helped them a lot at the beginning.)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vanege
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My original reason, is because debating/discussing in French (my native language) is too frustrating because I can not reach a satisfying level of precision (or no-ambiguity) without writing lines and lines of text. There are also a lot of social value attached to every word and I tend to miss them, so I cause reactions to people I do not expect and/or did not want to cause. I was having the impression that I was not speaking for myself, that I was not honest with myself, because I was not speaking, but my language was speaking instead of me.

I am so happy to have found Esperanto, finally a language that looks like me and allows me to express myself as I wish. If a concept does not exist, I can create a word for it. People when speaking Esperanto are more focused on direct meaning, so I/we lose less time and brain energy. Esperanto is much more gratifying for being regular, logical and creative. Everything I do in Esperanto makes me happier than doing it in French.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PfifltriggPi
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I learn Esperanto because I know that the best way to insure that it will not become the international second language is if I ignore it.

Vivu paco Vivu humanaro! Vivu Esperanto!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro
PolyglotCiro
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Tre bone!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NamiArj

Vivu Esperanto!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/xGequili
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I learn it because why pass up an opportunity to learn such an easy language? English as my native language and an extensive knowledge in Spanish makes it that much easier. Plus it's like its own exclusive club. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro
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:) Very agree!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jessica4201
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I've started learning Esperanto simply because I'm interested in learning all types of languages. In addition I'm intending to create a fictional language for a story I'm working on, and it definitely wouldn't hurt to be inspired by the most successful constructed language known today.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/enidkeaner
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Languages are fascinating, aren't they!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MrAnderson8

I've been learning it at school with a few friends and exchange students. It's really interesting how we can all learn the same language just as easy, and it's nice to be able to communicate to international speakers without having the home advantage so to speak.

Plus who knows, if this language gets big, some countries might start putting stuff in Esperanto as well as the native language, and I think that'd be great for opening the world up to travel.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo
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Esperanto learned me :)

I first came into contact with Esperanto about 30 years ago, read through some books (just browsed, not studying).

20 years later, I was at a Klingon meetup with someone who I knew is an Esperantist (Vortarulo) and tried, for fun, to speak Esperanto to him. Something I had never tried before, but it worked!

So it had kind of learned itself into me over the years. At least the basics.

Since then, I've taken a couple of explicit courses. I did the Duolingo Esperanto tree mostly for fun.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/enidkeaner
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I'd been fairly curious about Esperanto for years and so I finally decided "why the heck not!" It's simpler than I initially thought it would be and it's quite lovely.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ConorHoughton
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I think like a lot of people I started learning it by accident; I was curious about it when it appeared here, did a few lessons and found it both easier than I expected and thought provoking it that it helped me see what parts of other languages are needed to carry meaning and which parts are there for reasons of history or ornamentation.

It is also a beautiful language in an uncanny, slightly eerie way: the distinctive rhythm of Esperanto sentences, the way they tend to repeat syllables, is odd and appealing. I also like the idea, the optimism of Esperanto's early supporters; the idea that we can find a second language so that we can communicate across cultures without losing our own culture, though I do feel this idealism has been somewhat betrayed by the current rigidity over the -ino words.

Since starting here I also did the free correspondence course provided with by the British Esperanto Association, and enjoyed that, the tutor was friendly and helpful and that certainly increased my ambitions, so I am hoping to carry on until I am able to read Esperanto fluently. I am also thinking about using Esperanto in my research; I'm a neuroscientist with an interest in linguistics.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ConorFingleton

Mi estas komencanto, do mia Esperanto kredeble estas malfacila kompreni. Mi pardonpetas. Mi lernas ĝin, por havi alian metodon per kiu mi povus ĝeni William Shatner, se mi iam renkontus sin.

I am a beginner, so my Esperanto possibly is hard to understand. I apologize. I'm learning it, in order to have another method with which I could annoy William Shatner, if ever I meet him.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro
PolyglotCiro
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Who is him and why would he feel annoyed?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ConorFingleton

He was Captain Kirk in Star Trek. He was also in an Esperanto film(Incubus) in the 60's. I don't think he learned Esperanto for it, I think he just memorized the lines. He probably gets a lot of nerdy fanboy overreaction when he meets fans, but I think spouting Esperanto at him 'cos of that one Esperanto thing he did would be the nerdiest.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gingerninja3148

I read about Esperanto about 2 years ago when I was researching for an easy language to learn and thought it sounded interesting. When I saw it in the incubator I decided that I would learn it when it was released and I did. I really like the idea of it (being a universal language and all) and how it is a pretty easy language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ChauLe3
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I like to learn rare languages :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
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I'm learning Esperanto because I like how it's not focused in a single country but many speakers from around the world know it :). A lot of people throughout Europe speak it, so I won't have to learn a bunch of official languages, like French, German, Italian, and European Spanish and Portuguese.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jkirby101
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Mancrush on Chuck smith duuuh

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GaleStorm

I'm learning this language because I just want to. It seemed interesting so I'd figure I'd try!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/skuggstralar
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I've been interested in it for a long time, but a local religious study-group I'm a member of has started to collectively learn Esperanto (as the development and/or use of some sort of international/auxiliary language is one of the main "goals" for many members), so that's the main reason I've finally stopped being lazy and have actually started learning... peer pressure, yaaay :P

Although it's not a huge priority for me language-wise I really would love to be pretty fluent one day... maybe set up a couple of Esperanto-medium schools, who knows??

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ajtjp
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I'd been somewhat curious about Esperanto since I first heard about it, with its focus on being easy to learn and its ambition of being a common language that many people of different linguistic backgrounds could easily communicate in. When I heard about the Duolingo course, it seemed like a good opportunity to start studying it, since there would likely be a lot of other people starting around the same time.

The consistent grammatical rules and near-absence of exceptions to the rules was also appealing. Having studied French enough to be conversational in it at one point, the most frustrating part of it was the various exceptions to grammatical rules that had to be memorized individually. So I somewhat wanted to see if I could achieve a similar level of understanding in much less time with Esperanto. That's still to be decided, but Esperanto is definitely off to a good start as I'm not too far behind my current knowledge of French with just 2-3 months of studying Esperanto a moderate amount.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jirka92122
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I'm trying to learn French too. Or better said have been on and off for about two decades. I am not even hoping for a conversational level at this point, I'm hoping for a barely-understand level. Esperanto is most definitely easier. I guess French does sound nicer but if you have to introduce a million exceptions for euphony, you definitely pay for it. Though English can't be accused of being so nice sounding, and it also wasn't easy to learn.

2 years ago
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