I'm not saying you have to, just that I'd advise it. Esperanto is very wide spread, like English it is spoken everywhere, it's just not nearly as popular.
Esperanto is a simple language to learn, one that you can become very proficient in within a month, without having to work too hard or practice too often (though it still does have some degree of difficulty, of course).
Esperanto can help introduce you to tons of grammar concepts, to a language learning community, to a lot of Romance language vocabulary (which will add to your current vocabulary from knowing English) and more. Also, it will give you language learning experience and, probably, make your next language easier to learn.
There are tons of great lessons and courses all over the web, like http://en.lernu.net/index.php .
It's an interesting language and can help you a lot with learning others, it also has a fairly interesting history and is unique in that it is both a conlang (constructed language) and used by a large number of people.
I'd like to add my voice to this. It would be great to be able to learn Esperanto through Duolingo!
To benefit most from Esperanto, people should learn it in elementary school.
I think, most important would be good information about Esperanto. Every pupil should get a lesson about Esperanto, to be able to decide whether to learn or not.
I would love it if Duolingo made an Esperanto course. I'm on lernu too, but I think its super hard to use and I think that most of the users are extremely rude. I think that releasing Esperanto on Duolingo would really increase the awareness for the language and would certainly give a big boost to the number of speakers of it!
In my experience, people haven't been too rude. I've gotten in the chat a few times and it's been pretty positive. People were patient with me being a beginner, and were pretty kind.
That said, browsing over the forum, it seems like some long-term forum members do get kind of catty with eachother, but otherwise it seems nice.
If you are interested in other places to talk with people in Esperanto, I recently came across the r/Esperante (http://www.reddit.com/r/Esperante) It's a small group now, but they seem really inviting and are interested in using Esperanto to talk about things other than Esperanto. (Which is a big problem a lot of people have with the language; if the primary usage is just to talk about itself... are you actually gaining anything by learning?)
I'm really interested in learning Esperanto... I found out about it a couple years ago, but got distracted (oh life lol) and didnt think about it again until I decided to start learning German. Really interested again, but not sure if its a good idea to try and learn it while also learning German... I heard it helps in learning other languages, so was contemplating giving German a bit of a break (or just review what Ive learned so far) and go for Esperanto for about a month, or do both at once, or just wait and do it later.
I don't think it'd hurt to do both at once, but just get some basics down in Esperanto and, once you get more advanced in German (I'd say at least half or three-quarters way down the tree), begin studying Esperanto more seriously.
The language is pretty easy and you won't mix up the Romance language type vocabulary with German (or at least, it is very unlikely that you will).
it really depends on you though. How much do you want to work? Where do you want to be in both of the languages? Have you learned any languages before German? Stuff like that should be taken into consideration.
Thank you! I dont speak any other languages...tried Spanish, no dice. But already doing much better with German. Right now, every day I spend about 1.5-2hrs studying, then another hour or two watching a movie or show in German.
My goal really is just to be able to communicate...not shooting for fluency or to be perfect, just to be able to understand and be understood, if that makes sense? Good to know that Esperanto wont conflict with German...Appreciate the feedback!!!
I'll just say, learning my third language, that language acquisition becomes far easier the more languages you have under your belt. I'm currently studying German and Esperanto (with Spanish and English under my belt), and I don't feel confused by the two languages. They're different enough where I'm not using Esperanto words when trying to speak German or vice versa. I highly recommend trying out Esperanto, especially if you're studying German (and have plans to try out a romance language. I hear it's also useful if you want to try out a slavic language as well, but I can't speak on this subject from experience).
I learned Esperanto and Italian at the same time, many years ago. I don't remember having difficulties confusing them. (I mainly remember I learnt Italian six hours a week and Esperanto one hour a week - and after six months I felt more confident in Esperanto...)
They were my first languages after school. I could already speak French and English (and I had learnt Latin and Greek).
The idea to learn Esperanto went when I was in Italy. I felt it would be nice to speak Italian, because the Italians I found didn't really master English, French or German - so the conversation in these languages was not very interesting... I thought learning Italian would solve that problem, the better I learnt the language, the better the conversation would be.
But then I thought, how about the countries where I would like to travel the coming years. Could I learn Spanish and Finnish and Polish and other languages so well that I would really enjoy conversation in these languages? I wouldn't have the time to learn all these languages so well. So I thought, well, I could learn Esperanto, it doesn't need a lot of time and I would be able to find people speaking it in nearly every country. In fact, I learned Esperanto and since then I have been speaking with people coming from dozens of countries. The main difference to my thoughts was that I didn't travel on my own a lot. Sometimes I joined Esperanto caravans (by bike or by train). And quite often I visited Esperanto meetings all over Europe. Up to now :) And usually between some twenty or two hundred people there are some persons you like...
That comment truly helps me (personally) continue my language learning. Please, take a lingot.
I see that you went for it but I personally learn German for many years, started recently with Italian and got to Esperanto, last week.... and guess what it's on my Duolingo already :)
Studies show that learning Esperanto significantly speeds up acquisition of a second language. For example, if instead of spending 4 years learning French, a student spends the first year learning Esperanto (and then 3 with French), they come out significantly ahead in French. The same is true on shorter timescales (6 mo. of 2 years).
Seems like win-win for the site and users.
I agree. There are some nice examples here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaedeutic_value_of_Esperanto
I as an Esperantist can contest that Esperanto offers enormous potential to those who wish to learn a language but lack the motivation or capacity of time to learn a traditional one. No Duolingo course is designed to be a complete replacement for the truly sophisticated learning process of a language classroom, however Duolingo until recently hasn't offered a course for a language that was designed to be easy. The wonderful thing about Esperanto is that it's a language that can be learned with no intense commitment, but rather in one's free time. I pray that this new course will be a fantastic leap forward to put Esperanto into the public eye and give it the respect it absolutely deserves.
Mi tiel Esperantisto povas diri ke Esperanto donas grandega promeso al tiujn kiu volas lerni lingvon, sed ne havas la tempon aŭ motivitecon lerni tradicia unu. Ne Duolingo kurso estas kreita esti kompleta anstataŭo por la vere malfacila lernardo procedo de lingva klasejo, tamen Duolingo ĝis lastatempe ne oferi kursojn por planlingvo kreita esti facila. La mirega afero pri Esperanton estas lingvo ke lerneblus kun ne ega sindevigo, sed anstataŭ je la libera tempo de oni. Mi preĝas ke tio novan kurson estos bonega movo por meti Esperanton en la publika okulo kaj doni la respekton ĝi vere meritata...Pardonu se mi havas gramatikan erarojn, mi parolis Esperanto dum proksimume dek monatoj nun...
I believe the good thing about Esperanto is its enthusiastic, global community. Speaking this language, you will not be able to communicate with random people, but you will find friendly hosts almost everywhere.
Personally I don't like the language because it's quite artificial and I find the vocabulary counter-intuitive due to the attempt to be 'fair' to the major languages of the world.
For anyone interested in planned languages, I would recommend to also have a look at Interlingua. Unfortunately it has even less speakers than Esperanto and is more limited geographically. (I believe it's quite popular in Scandinavia.) But on the plus side, it has a very natural feel as an extremely simple Romance language. (Its vocabulary is essentially the result of averaging English, French, Italian and Spanish/Portuguese, and some function words are taken from Latin.) As such it permits communication with speakers of Romance languages in the same way that they can communicate with each other in their respective languages. It's an excellent second language to be learned before English or a Romance language.
There aren't many learning resources for Interlingua. It would be really great if we could have it on Duolinguo. I think it would make sense to have Interlingua courses for speakers of various languages, and to have courses in all Romance languages (especially Latin and the small ones) for speakers of Interlingua.
i would really really love this, so interesting and it is always nice to study a range of languages^_^
I'm aware, but you'll probably have to wait a while, so I thought I should mention to others that there are plenty of quality courses available. Also, many people are quite unaware of Esperanto and how beneficial it can be to learn.
The egg is about to hatch! The new Esperanto course is being released this month in beta!
Bummer! ¡Pero falta tan poco! No puedo esperar para que se lance el que será, muy probablemente, el curso más fácil de Duolingo.