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Why Esperanto? - Your experiences

Hello everybody! I have not started to learn Esperanto yet but I am considering it. My main problem with it is:

Will I actually need it or use it?

That's why I am interested in what you guys have to say.

  • Why did you learn Esperanto?
  • Have you ever used it?

Or anything else you might want to share!

2 years ago

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/cliff900
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I'm learning Esperanto as a last attempt at fully learning a language other than my own. I started learning in in February of this year (2016) and have spoken with people all around the world on Facebook and even a few times in Skype. I even went to my first meet-up and spoke face-to-face with other Esperantists for the first time last weekend. To my amazement I was able to understand just about everything that was being said. I was even able to reply and add my own thoughts.

I remember sitting there during the meet-up and thinking to myself, "How is this happening? I can't believe it. I can understand what everyone is saying!"

It was a surreal moment, to the say the least.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
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Will I actually need it or use it?

You will only use it as much as you will seek out opportunities to use it. The same can be said about French, Russian, Usbek, Navaro, Spanish and even English for people who do not speak it natively.

I you need to be forced to use a language to find it useful, then don't speak anything other than English.

But to give a personal answer, I decided to learn it even though I already spoke 5 European languages (French, English, Spanish, Italian and German), because I like the ideology behind its creation, because I thought Esperantists seemed really cool people and the idea of a simple, exception-less language was appealing to me.

I haven't used it outside of Duolingo yet, but I'm contemplating meeting up with some Esperantists in my city and going to an international event happening this fall not too far from where I live.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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This question has been asked multiple times with some great responses. Be sure to search through some of the older threads. Here are some. I'm sure there's more.

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/15285402

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/15894400

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/4514696

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/13613006

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/16243724

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vanege
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Esperanto is a need for me. My native language (French) does not satisfy me when I want to express my own complex thoughts. I thought Esperanto could help me because it is regular, easy and flexible (word-creation!) and I was right.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/johmue
  • I learned Esperanto to get access to a community of cool people.

  • I am using Esperanto every day too chat with cool people, to make podcasts, to make music, make love, discuss about all kinds of stuff. It's simply the language of my global friend circle.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo
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You might find these answers useful too:
How has learning Esperanto changed your life?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nick.ian
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Why? Well I've wanted to learn another language and so has my wife. As we have a young addition to our family. I want to raise him to be bilingual and Esperanto offers that.

Have I used it? Not as much as I'd like. Only in the context of learning it. I have sent a few emails using it and practiced speaking it with my wife. I have been contacting the local Esperantist group to see when they will be having a meeting and attend it.

With learning Esperanto or any language, there are pros that go beyond just being able to use the language. Many studies have shown that being multilingual helps reduce the onset of Alztimers, dementia and other age related illnesses. Other great advantages is learning a new way to think, which can aid in creative thinking.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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As the father of three "denaskuloj", I can tell you that making the decision to raise your children bilingual in Esperanto is not something to do lightly. Normally when people ask me for advice about speaking Esperanto with their kids, my answer is "don't do it." Don't get me wrong, Esperanto has been a wonderful thing for our family. In a few days, I'll be taking two of my kids to NASK. I couldn't be more excited, and I couldn't be more proud. Still, I feel like I had every advantage that a North American could hope for in terms of making it work, and it was still an uphill battle all the way. A child deserves to have unhindered conversations with his father - in a language they both know well.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jimmylewinsky
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This is a very surprising answer. What does your last sentence mean? That, if you don't have other Esperanto resources besides the parents, the child cannot effectively communicate?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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Surprising in what way? What would you have thought I would say? As for the last sentence, I mean this. So many people have come to me over the years - most of them fluent speakers and some of them good friends - and said "I tried speaking Esperanto to my kids but it didn't work." It takes more than "trying" to make it work. It takes trips overseas. It takes a supportive partner who also speaks Esperanto. It takes spending time with friends who speak the language. If you don't do that, then it won't "work." A child who only occasionally hears Esperanto from just one parent won't end up knowing Esperanto. A parent who only partially knows Esperanto will speak less often and less effectively in Esperanto than in his native language, and that is not fair to the child, who needs to have a relationship with his parent.

2 years ago