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Why do you learn Esperanto?

CodyORB
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I wanted to see what others think of this constructed language and if I should learn it.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/DanD_8
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Some people do crossword puzzles or Sudoku, I study Esperanto. It's a mental exercise for now. One day it might become useful or even lifesaving. If so, all the better. If not, it's fun and helps me find other linguists.

My goal is to become proficient at Spanish and Portuguese. When I need a break from them I dabble in Esperanto.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vcel10
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Some people do crossword puzzles or Sudoku, I study Esperanto.

I like that response.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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Good answer - one I would use myself - however this only captures half the picture. As much as we do enjoy the mental exercise, Esperanto is ultimately a social phenomenon (unlike crossword puzzles.) Treating it like a Sudoku will only get you so far. You've got to use it with people.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanD_8
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But my point is, even if I never use it to communicate, it will still serve a purpose.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
salivanto
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I get it. My point is that a full purpose is better than half. It's a floor wax AND a dessert topping.

2 years ago

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

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GrandaUrso

Cody, I see you struggle alot with your desire to learn this language if I may. I've seen you talk about it alot and I do sense a sincere desire to learn it with a fear of spending so much time on something that may end being useless. My opinion is this: Go for it. I really do believe you sincerely want to learn it, as for how useful it is, it's very useful if you seek out venues to use it.

I have a twitter in which I talk with people across the world in Esperanto and learn from their vocabulary. I know many people attend the UK's in Europe. China uses Esperanto in official fashion (They even have a news website solely in Esperanto). It's fast becoming a used language. Is there a specific place you can go to use the language? No, no place specific. However those who learn this language typically do so to experience the culture and ways of others across the world without learning every single foreign language they speak and in terms of that goal Esperanto can't be beat.

It's not the best, it's not the worst, it is what it is, and that's a bridge. Let's throw another brick into the bridges construction!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
CodyORB
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Thanks for that motivation! I've heard about using social media sites and forums to communicate (don't forget Duolingo too!). I think I'll start it for real this time :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ferrum
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There is a good esperanto chat community on IRC. It helps to have other people to speak the language with. The problem isn't even with Esperanto -- when I was learning Russian in college, for example, I felt like I couldn't find anyone to speak Russian with!

http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=##esperanto

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Evildea

Esperanto is unique among the world languages, it's constructed, yet living, it has a fascinating history and it's culture is international (in the sense of a mixture of everything)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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If you're asking the question, you should learn it. I had minored in German back in the day and I decided to try Esperanto. In four months I spoke it better than German. Give it a few months of steady learning and see what your fluency is compared to other languages. If you don't like it, you can quit.

2 years ago

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

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/italianboy96
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I'm learning Esperanto because I find it interesting. Haven't really used it practically yet but ces't la vie.

2 years ago

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

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rejistania
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I think that Esperanto is just a very intellectually and aesthetically pleasing language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gingerninja3148

I am learning Esperanto because I like the idea of it and also love how it is an easy language. I would recommend you learn it. It is very easy and you will learn a lot very quickly. If I am struggling in one of my other languages I even sometimes use Esperanto as a 'break'. I love the sound of the language. It sounds a bit like Italian. It is also helpful for learning other languages.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
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Mirindas

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StephieRice
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Primarily, as a mechanism by which I can communicate with more people. Also to expand software available for Esperantistoj. Also, I am not yet fluent in a second language and I wish for Esperanto to be my first fluent second language so that I can more easily analyze and learn further languages. Esperanto's usefulness is great, both in my current goals and in the goals of the language's creation.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Unturqoise

I got interested in Esperanto for its aim, an international language made to foster peace... I love learning languages. As a pretty busy student, I do not really have the time to get concentrated on a language that is really foreign to me, and I knew that Esperanto was pretty easy to learn... (French and japanese are my native tongues) So yeah, I really see this as a hobby ! ^^

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/adlihtam
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I would say (though some will disagree) that Esperanto is not that useful compared to other languages you might learn, although this is to a significant degree made up for by the fact that it is extremely quick and easy to learn.

It is important to note that Esperanto can help you learn other languages. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaedeutic_value_of_Esperanto Learning Esperanto for 1 year and then a natural for 3 years will likely result in better progress in the natural language than if you had studied it for the full 4 years.

I am learning Esperanto because I find it a rewarding experience and because I think that the world needs it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jirka92122
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You are right, but my feeling is that people are nowadays preoccupied with "usefulness" of things they wish to do or learn. But even usefulness is in the eye of the beholder. I spent many years becoming a programmer, but now that I do research in mathematics, it is no longer useful so much. If I stayed in the industry, it would be terribly useful. Something is useful only if you use it. For example I am also learning French now, but I know that the time I invest in learning it will be far far greater than the time I save by not having to find translations, or paying a local guide or some such in the few cases when I am in a situation when I need French. I am learning French because I like the idea of being able to understand it more than it being actually useful. Same with Esperanto, though it's a far easier goal to achieve. I doubt I will ever get in French as far as I already got in Esperanto in something like 8 months.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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I find myself disagreeing (although not necessarily criticizing) on both points. First, Esperanto has been far more useful for me than German. Second, while where have been some interesting trials on the propaedeutic value, every study on the topic has been incomplete or flawed in some way, so the jury is still out.

As for your third point (the final line) I fully agree.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ShubhamRaut

I learn Esperanto mainly to interact with a wide range of people from around the world. It has a really interesting culture and all Esperantists are really smart and fun people.

It is such a simple, yet functional language. It's the 21st century. Everything is getting redesigned and simplified, efficient. Why not languages? Why not use one language that everyone can easily learn and use it as a base for communication? My long term goal is to use Esperanto as a tool for world unity.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jal
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I learn it for several reasons: - I like the ideals embodied in it, whether they are achieved or not, it's worth trying - I like the language - I like its culture and attitude of positivity and optimism, the world could do with more of that - I find it helps me with learning other languages - I like learning languages

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/remnantshadows

I study Esperanto for a lot of reasons. It's fun, easy, free, the culture is interesting. I mean why not? Esperanto might not be something I get to use much outside of the internet but I really don't care. I'm working on reading books in a foreign language after a few months, that's a huge accomplishment for me.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DanD_8
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I'm changing my answer. I'm learning Esperanto to better facilitate my place in the soon coming Utopian society. It's only a matter of time before I'm riding in an airship and I don't want to be left out of the Esperanto conversations.

To be a bit more serious, I'm fascinated by the ideas of peace and unity that surrounded Esperanto in the early years. I've noticed that most Esperantists are language enthusiasts and will bend over backwards to share whatever they know. Since I've joined this community less than two weeks ago, I've made more linguist acquaintances than in the previous decade. So Zamenhof was right, it is fostering kinship across the globe, just not in the way that some (outside the community) expect.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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While there are a lot of goofy claims about Esperanto, there are also a lot of aspects of speaking it which are difficult to believe till you've actually gotten into them. It seems "obvious" that knowing German is more useful than Esperanto, but I've said that for me it's the other way around - in good part for reasons similar to those you mentioned.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hickory_2120

have you tried Esperanto

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
CodyORB
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Yes, and I want to see if I should continue

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hickory_2120

you should if you have already started i have always been told never give up on what you started or want

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CodyORB
CodyORB
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Well, I'm doubting how useful it is

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zerozeroone
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https://www.duolingo.com/Chelsinder

I think this video by Evildea is helpful in explaining that Esperanto is more than just a random constructed language but a language that brings together a culture of friendly, optimistic people who want to learn a language that will help them connect with people who have similar ideals. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuOIB_jUVRA

I also find it a very fun, therapeutic and non-frustrating language. Because it is so easy to learn you make progress so quickly and that is really motivating and exciting and hope that one day I will have a good enough grasp of Esperanto to go to an event and get to know some people in the Esperanto community.

The comment from DanD8 made me smile. I said to one of my friends this week that while some people play candycrush, I learn Esperanto - also addictive and a great way to pass time on a train!

2 years ago