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Does slang exist in Esperanto?

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I've been learning Esperanto for a few days and at the rate I'm probably going to finish the course in a week or two.

I've been looking at videos of Esperanto meetings and I thought to myself "Is there slang?". Well, if there is slang in Esperanto are they made up by people who organize Esperanto gatherings or is slang made up within families? If a guy makes up a new slang word in Esperanto would it be considered a "real" Esperanto word? Well, it is a constructed language after all.

What do you guys think?

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/ionasky
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There is some slang which evolves into becomeing accepted usage ( see mojosa) in general since the whole aim is to have a universally understood and regular language there is no point in having regional or national varients - it goes against the whole ethos of the language - so most people as i understand it frown on slang.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kliphph
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Sakro en Esperanto.

Jonny M used to have a "Biblio de slango", but the link no longer workers, perhaps that E book is hosted elsewhere or another user could host it for you. (I still have it as PDF, so if you really wanted it, I could email it as an attachment). Edit: http://fileshare.link/dece4c9084b666ce/biblio_de_slango.pdf I hope that works for you.

Evildea video on Esperanto slang.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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Of course there's slang. Define slang and I'll give you some examples. What do I think? I think it's best not to rush through the course.

Grin, grin, and grin. :-)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jdroege

If you make up a word, I think it would be a real word, BUT as ionasky said, there is no point to a regular and understandable language if there are a bunch of slang, regional and accent variants.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Evildea

Video on Esperanto slang https://youtu.be/SPbHX28pVW0

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/akilleyca.48
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Some years ago at a conference I listened to a presentation on slang in Esperanto. The speaker, describing usage of youngish dedicated users among themselves, managed to offend some older people (including a distinguished elder or two) which is of course one of the main reasons for slang. He said this was very informal usage that didn't follow the fundamento all the time but didn't challenge it either - it wasn't any kind of reform, just casual usage among people who know each other (and who all are very fluent in standard Eo). It's partly a way of having fun with the language and being playful rather than serious with certain forms.

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Miss_CCH

I thing that if a somebody makes up a slang word in Esperanto it wouldn't be a "real" Esperanto word. Anyway, that is what I think.

1 year ago
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