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Is it worth learning Esperanto?

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I gave it a try before, and I have to say Esperanto is quite easy and fun to learn. But I'm starting to think twice about continuing to work on it, as it's an "artificial" language, and it might not be very useful. But, Esperanto speakers are spread around the globe, making it easy to connect with others into the Esperanto community, but, there are only about 1 fluent Esperanto speaker for every 10,000 people! Definitely some difficulty finding someone to speak to. Also, I'm not old enough to go to Esperanto meetings (for quite a while). So do you think I should learn it?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/PeelOfShame
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I think you should learn it, if you want to learn it.

Certainly, it has some features that are good for learning other languages - the use of the accusative, fairly simple construction - and there's enough way to find others to chat with in the language online that you needn't worry yet about attending Esperantist meetings. But I'll repeat what I started with - learn it if you want to learn it, rather than deciding based solely on statistics, etc. (Or we'd all be clamoring to learn Chinese, based on sheer number of native speakers. ;) )

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
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Thanks! I'll add it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Languageexperts1
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It is definitely worth your time.

I speak 23 languages by now, having been really bad in languages at school, and I really doubt that I would be at this level weren't it for Esperanto. Also, I met my friends with Esperanto, and it provided me a really safe environment where I could train my social skills without being shoot off for faux-pas. The advantages of Esperanto can go far beyond just the language, depending on where you decide to use it for.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
CodyORB
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Thanks! I'll give it a try. Wait, are you Timothy Doner (PolyGlotPal)That famous 16 year old.

EDIT: Apperantly, yes! And the only language you didn't know in that video was Spanish :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/.luisito

What languages if you dont mind me asking. I would like to talk to you more as I am trying to learn a bit of languages too !

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
CodyORB
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French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Swahili, and a bunch of other languages.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PotatoSanta
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Wow, I've seen you on Youtube

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tinnatay
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Everyone is telling you to learn it, but in my opinion it's not worth it. Sure, you can learn languages just for fun, but if you don't actually use them, you will forget them really fast. And it is indeed hard to use Esperanto, especially if you can't even go to the meetings.

I agree that it can help you get familiar with various (simplified) grammatical structures which can appear in other languages, but it mostly works for absolute beginners. Since you already know Spanish and Irish, I don't think it would be very helpful.

I recommend you not to waste your time with Esperanto unless you are absolutely sure that it's the language without which you can't survive anymore. Try another language, and when you're old enough to go to Esperanto meetings or when Esperanto becomes the most widely spoken language in the world, you can think about learning it again.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vanege
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It is easy to use Esperanto. You can listen to a podcast while in the bus. Discuss in Twitter/Facebook. Make your shopping list in Esperanto. (In fact, I find it funnier and most spontaneous than in my native language). It is easy to Esperantize one's life, doing something in Esperanto instead of doing it in English or French. Esperanto is not widely used for everything, but for everyday life, there is enough. And by the way, the importance of speaking with real people is over-rated. If someone can write "fluently" (hello Facebook/Twitter) and listen fluently (hello podcasts), he can speak fluently in a matter of hours (hello Skype/Discord) with short sessions.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Johannesm1111

You should watch this before deciding https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0fCdmgDklc

2 years ago