W T F is that ??!!!!
For some reason since I use duolingo my interest about languages has grown far from I espected, and my queries about languages learning has driven me to feel how important this education in humanities is. The first time I heard about esperanto my reaction was like ... WTF?! I Had no idea what it was or even if that thing was in any way useful... at all. Then by watching TED conversations videos about languages and stuff like that I saw a tittle about Esperanto... again my reaction ... (that face!!!). Then I watched it ... http://youtu.be/8gSAkUOElsg
and from knowing nothig about it, I went right away to do some "research" about esperanto. The findings amazed me... its history, and how poliglots use it to booster languages skills changed my view from WTF to WOW and now I am engaged to esperanto learning. I am making a pause from using duolingo daily because I feel stuck in my German tree (damm how I miss the Vocabulary feature...) and in the meantime using Anki to keep up with vocabulary and other listening inputs resources. Therefore, I hope duolingo can add Esperanto someday to encubator, and even if it could seem a useless language at first glance, its hidden potencial would surely surprise many people as it did to me.
It will eventually be added. Apparently it is the most commonly requested language, or at least it used to be.
I am sure many people understimate this noble language as I used to do in the past... I really hope duolingo makes the effort for adding this language ... hopefuly sooner than the "coming soon" vocabulary...
Ok, now after watching the TED video I understand your argument. It probably would be a great introduction for first time language learners. The second language, besides English : ), I learned was Latin in grade school. It actually did allow me to be more open and acute to learning other languages.
Side note: The voice of the TED speaker kind of reminds me of Daniel Radcliffe, lol.