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Esperanto as a gateway to the core romance languages?

H i gave my self a goal to learn the 4 of the core romance languages to the point of a conversational level and don't have to be fluent in all.

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I am also going into a seminary soon and in my third year will be in Latin classes so i want to get a basic understanding of Latin the origin of romance languages.

I read lately about Esperanto and conflicting views on if it is a good idea to study it before diving in to Spanish as it would improve my learning. What are your opinions?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/rumnraisin
rumnraisin
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Go for it.

Its regularity and cognate words with English will make it easier to study than any of the romance languages you have named. In my opinion, going as far as the Medical skill on the Duolingo tree should give you a sufficient view of how it works and the general challenges of language learning; you might even decide you don't need to go that far into it, perhaps only so far as to complete the conditional verbs skill.

There has been at least one study which shows that learning Esperanto before other romance languages speeds up your acquisition of them. This is (likely) because of cognate vocabularies.

How much it will help with grammar is a slightly different matter. Its regularity means that Esperanto is itself easy to learn such things as verb conjugation and even to some extent tricky language topics such as prepositions, but also means it gives back less when you're learning the romance langauges. This isn't to say it doesn't give you anything - certainly there are things in it that are more similar to the romance languages than to English, and even those things which are not quite like either English or the romance languages at least shake up English language presumptions with the advantage of designed simplicity (rather than having them shaken up by a natural language with many complex irregularities); having these presumptions challenged is needed to make a person stop trying to rely on only English constructs, having it done in a simple way is very helpful in my opinion.

What I would say is, you have set yourself at least 5 more langauges (including Latin) to learn, so you don't want to necessarily assign a lot of time to Esperanto. So my recommendation would be to go through the tree fast and take it only lightly. (Set yourself a maximum limit for it, say two months, or one or three, whatever you feel is appropriate.) It will be enough to have a few of your language presumptions challenged and to learn a few words closer to the romance languages than to English.

Anyway, here are two articles about learning Esperanto first:

http://www.fluentin3months.com/2-weeks-of-esperanto/

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

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ionasky
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Agreed, in fact depending on how much time you have a ailable you could rush through the first half of the esperanto tree really quickly, ( and by really quickly I mean ten to twenty days of fewer) you don't remember it all but it makes you look at languages and thier component parts and constructions quite differently. Its like turning the language learning process on and makes playing with languages intellectually stimulating and rewarding which then has a knock on effect on all languages. Then go throught he other romance languages sequentially (but quickly) and you will see where they overlap and where they differ.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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My suggestion is to start with Spanish. If you learn Esperanto you might find you enjoy it so much that you don't have any time left over for Spanish.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GrandaUrso

Hah! Tre ruze... ;)

2 years ago
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