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Does Speaking Esperanto Make Me Bilingual?

Currently, I can only speak one language: English. I am really motivated to become fluent in Esperanto. Languages (especially Esperanto) interest me. If I become fluent in Esperanto, does that make me bilingual? I'm asking this because Esperanto is a conlang and I don't know if speaking it would make me bilingual or not. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

July 31, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/King2E4

The definition of "bilingual" means that a person speaks and understands two languages. I would say that it would make you bilingual. Esperanto is, after all, a language (even if it is a conlang).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DovahFerret

I believe it would, yes, if you learned to speak it fluently.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HenryJTyson

Thank you very much :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DragonPolyglot

Yes. Despite what others may suggest, a full conlang counts as a language. Same goes for things like Toki Pona, High Valyrian, Klingon and Na'vi. They are languages because they have their own rules, vocabulary and syntax.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HenryJTyson

Ok. I was just thinking because it is easy and a conlang, I wouldn't really make me bilingual. Thank you.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SamoolTheSamosa

I wouldn't call it easy, I too was at level 5 esperanto once but then it got too hard for me ( I thought it was going to be easy so I did it as a side language)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HenryJTyson

Well I shall keep going and see for myself. Everybody learns differently.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SamoolTheSamosa

All I'm saying is treat it like it's it's own unique language


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HenryJTyson

What do you mean by that? Also I didn't mean for it to come out that way. Sorry.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MasterZsword

A language that seems hard to one person may seem easy to others.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Midnightwards666

Out of curiosity, why do you want to become fluent in Esparanto?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HenryJTyson

I find languages really interesting. Just a hobby :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Midnightwards666

How far are you with Esparanto? My honest opinion, is that I'm a bit unsure about the usability and rewards - it's easy yes, but it's not common. Are there any other languages you would likely use more?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HenryJTyson

Maybe Italian/French? I don't really know anything of them though. Also, Esperanto can help with learning other languages, so that can be helpful. I already know where I can meet people who speak it, so that isn't really a problem for me. I'm thinking about learning Italian after learning Esperanto. It's just a little project for myself because I am kind of bored.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Midnightwards666

It's good that you can meet people to speak with, that's the most important. When we measure the difficulty of a language, the language alone is not the only stat. If it's not going to be useful or there isn't much purpose behind the learning, it's a lot more difficult to learn than if you know you're going to use it (or even better, need it). These extra stats can make even Esparanto top the difficulty of a language like French. However, it seems you have found ways to use it, so I can say good luck!

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