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Questions I Have For Esperanto :)

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  1. So I read that Esperanto is spoken by about 2 million people worldwide. Would there be different dialects or even accents in Esperanto like any other language?

  2. Are there movies or TV shows in Esperanto? Is there even subbed or dubbed anime shows in Esperanto? Does Esperanto have news broadcasts? :P

  3. I know there's communities in different places in different countries like a Polish or Italian community in a city. Would there be an Esperanto community somewhere in neighbourhoods?

  4. Are there video games in Esperanto or do you think there'll ever be if the language is that popular? (I know that Minecraft can be in Esperanto).

2 years ago

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The whole point of Esperanto is to NOT have dialects and so the community has a process for considering and accepting or rejecting new words so that there remains universal commonality of vocabulary. There is also theoretically one correct way to say each letter and the stress pattern is prescribed so there shouldn't be regional accents, that said one's native language often does have a slight effect on the way one speaks Esperanto - after a while you can distinguish people's mother tongue although lots of people work hard to erradicate this effect and as far as possible to speak 'pure' esperanto. It often means that you can 'hear' when they drop back into English for example to say a person or place name and suddenly regain their american or australian accent (its quite funny)

There are quite a few radio programmes, podcasts and youtube channels in Esperanto, there are also some movies with esperanto as an audio and/or subtitles option.

There are Esperanto clubs which bring people together and in theory there are areas with higher density of esperanto speakers than others, because family members speak it or there is an active teaching and learning progreamme in the area.

Because esperanto is designed as an auxiliary , (second or bridging language) it seems unlikely that there would be 'esperanto' areas of a city since its more likely that the Poles and the Italians or the Chinese and the Russians would have decided to learn Esperanto so that they could all intercommunicate.

There are already some apps and video games with Esperanto options and given the number of programmers and game designers in the Esperanto community i would be very surprised if this number doesn't continue to grow ( our very own Amuzulo is a game /app designer IRL and often puts esperanto features in his games)

2 years ago

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I'm not sure if it would count as a dialect, but I read about an interesting phenomenon where native speakers of Esperanto, who were raised by Esperantists, tend to use a different word order than your average L2 speaker of Esperanto.

2 years ago

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Dialects develop when speech communities of the same language are isolated from each other. The US and Britain could only communicate in writing in the 16th through the 19th centuries, with a delay caused by the time it took a ship to cross the ocean.

During that period, US English kept the secondary stress and the R at the end of a syllable, while British English lost both. The same technology developed on both sides of the ocean with different terminology. Wireless versus radio, boot versus trunk, bonnet versus hood, double carriageway versus divided highway.

Now we have underseas cables and satellites. We are no longer two speech communities. We still have boots and trunks in our cars, but software is called software whether you are in the US or Britain. It's not like we have computers running programs and they have reckoners running agendas. There is only one terminology. Figures of speech and turns of phrase are also crossing the ocean. Geography is irrelevant to communication.

The conditions necessary for dialects to develop are no longer present. Therefore Esperanto has no dialects and is unlikely to develop them.

Unless. Nowadays all movies take place in a dystopian postapocalyptic society. If that actually happens, Esperanto might develop isolated speech communities and therefore dialects, but that's more likely to happen in a movie script.

2 years ago

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  1. I am not aware of any dialect. I used Esperanto for more than 2 years.
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I don't know about games in Esperanto, but Lunuloj Ni Ludistoj is an Esperanto Let's Play channel on YouTube.

2 years ago

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E.g.,

The "Inkubo"/Incubus with William Shatner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9sq4J838Ew

News: https://esperanto-tv.com/

2 years ago