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What exactly is Esperanto?

I heard it's a fake language? So it has no specific ties to a nation or people, so why create it?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/ketoacidosis
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Great questions.

According to Wikipedia, the creator of the language had the goal of creating an "easy-to-learn, politically neutral language that would transcend nationality and foster peace and international understanding between people with different languages."

Esperanto is a "constructed international auxiliary language." Auxiliary languages are languages that are "meant for communication between people from different nations who do not share a common first language."

You can read more here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esperanto

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_auxiliary_language

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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Esperanto was arguably the official 'state' language of Neutral Moresnet. And at least lots of people do actually speak it, unlike certain other constructed languages that rhyme with 'sing on'.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo
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There are several dozen fluent speakers of that language, and I've heard a few of them speak it "live".

"several dozen" is, admittedly, not all that many, especially not compared to Esperanto.

I can imagine that it may possibly be more than there are fluent speakers of Volap√ľk or Ido, though.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/italianboy96
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Well, the original creator of Esperanto, Zamenhof, originally created the language for an easy to learn second language for all, that way we could communicate. However, nowadays It's kind of taken on it's own little culture with books, movies, you name it! Although Esperanto isn't a national language of an official country, the internet in general is Esperanto's home turf, seriously, we are everywhere! I wouldn't say it's a fake language, I'd call it constructed. However it really doesn't act like a constructed language anymore because it's actually evolving like a "regular" lang. It even has native speakers! If you want to know more about Esperanto, feel free to ask me any questions! If you don't want to ask questions but are still interested in Esperanto, check out Evildea's Youtube profile, I CANNOT RECOMMEND HIM ENOUGH.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vanege
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It was planned by Zamenhof to be easy, international and expressive. It requires at least 4x less time than English to become fluent in it. Esperanto uses the natural ability of human to generalize patterns, so it has no artificial exception. It uses the most common vocabulary roots from European languages, while the grammar has similarities to languages from Asia. It uses extensive word combination and derivation to express precise and complex ideas, from a limited number of word roots. The language is concise by nature, but allows big creativity. Esperanto puts the emphasis on mutual understanding.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/trecile

Esperanto was a waste of my time in high school

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vanege
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At least you chose to learn it for some reasons. I was forced to learn Spanish for 5 years. Now I remember little because I had no use for it. I could have been fluent in Esperanto several times with all the time spent into learning a language I do not enjoy.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CliffJonesJr
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This post has such troll potential. Kudos to the Esperantists here for not getting into a flame war!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YoungSpice94

Think what you wish, but I did not do this as a troll post. I did not understand the need for a made up language, plus if I didn't know if it was the language of a certain nation or reigon

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CliffJonesJr
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No, I didn't think you were intentionally trolling. But even the phrase "made-up language" is a little offensive, as if the language were not real, imaginary. "Fake" is even worse. The preferred term is "constructed" language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yvesnev
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Esperanto is one of the languages you can learn here on Duolingo. I speak it since 1989. It is mostly used to travel (check out gatherings at http://www.eventoj.hu/2015.htm), for its literature and on the internet. If you want to know more, check out Wikipedia and www.lernu.net

2 years ago