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Is Esperanto a good second language?

If I wanted to tackle more complicated languages down the line (like French) would Esperanto be a good place to start?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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I've said this before, but it bears repeating. If you are motivated to learn French, you should start with French. DO NOT start with Esperanto. The chance that you will enjoy it so much that you'll never bother with French is too great.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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Esperanto always marks the accusative; if you wanted to learn another language that does this, then Esperanto might help you get used to it in the simplest way, but French doesn't. The most complicated aspects of French relate to gender and number agreement (Esperanto has no gender but does have number agreement), lots of extra tenses which Esperanto doesn't have and a host of idiomatic usages and exceptions. I don't think learning a artificially-regular language is going to help much in this regard.

It might help somewhat with vocabulary, as an awful lot of Esperanto words come from French, but if you don't know them, learning the Esperanto word is no easier than learning the French word.
If you want to learn French, learn French; if you want to learn Esperanto, learn Esperanto; if you want to learn both, learn both! But, in my own experience, I have encountered nothing in Esperanto that has miraculously made any of the difficult parts of French grammar any easier.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ionasky
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Well put. I don't need to add my twopen'orth as garpike just said it all. However esperanto does apparently help with language learning in general and with confidence. Also its lovely in and of itself.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vanege
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Esperanto is the best second language. It is easy and fun so it will motivate you and make you trust yourself, it will also give you good learning habits because you can see quickly what is effective, and it will be a kickstart in vocabulary and grammar for the languages you are planning to learn after.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RG710
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Any languages can be a good second language. In my own opinion Esperanto is definitely a good second language choice, I've also heard a study that shows people that learn Esperanto for two weeks then learn French have more proficiency in French compare to those who tackle French immediately. But, if you want to try French first it's great too. But if you don't have any experience in learning languages, you can try Esperanto first and see how it goes.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FranzEbersburg

Esperanto is the perfect second language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Umlauting
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I took French in school for several years and I'm able to guess at the meaning of new Esperanto words pretty quickly as a result. It will definitely help with French. If you're more motivated to learn French, I say always stick with the natural language first.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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Exactly, because if you learn Esperanto first, you might think it's so cool that you'll never move on. :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/drunkawe
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This Wikipedia article answers your question much better than I would: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaedeutic_value_of_Esperanto

(Spoiler: yes, learning Esperanto before is a good idea in most of the cases).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/orthohawk
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Esperanto is the best 2nd language to learn in that, the process and obstacles of learning and using another language in general are introduced in a very easy and manageable way with Esperanto. But most of all, the confidence of "I CAN learn another language and actually USE it" that comes with comparatively little effort with Esperanto will hold over to whatever 3rd (and 4th and 5th......) language one chooses.

2 years ago