High Valyrian vs. Esperanto vs. Klingon
Hello everyone! Welcome back our next challenge of the Versus Series is High Valyrian vs. Esperanto vs. Klingon!!! This is going to be an epic battle, are you ready?
In case you are unfamiliar with this challenge here is the discussion were we talked about it and the other competitions are here as well: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/25125242
We are going to put each language to challenge each other in 3 categories. 1. How it sounds (spoken) 2. How is sings (sung) 3. How it looks (written)
Now, what you have to do is vote! Choose who's your winner in this round. DON'T FORGET: we would like you to write in great detail why you chose the language you voted for. Let's start!
High Valyrian -
- Spoken: https://youtu.be/gPqU6cEQXdM
- Sung: https://youtu.be/PZUpUCvA_Tc
- Written: Ry human beings issi āzma dāez se gīda isse dignity se rights. Pōnta issi endowed rūsīr drīve se conscience se should act va mēre another isse nykeā spirit hen brotherhood.
- Spoken: https://youtu.be/Ynx3JxV5U6I
- Sung: https://youtu.be/exIDp2vlkmw
- Written: Ĉiuj homoj estas denaske liberaj kaj egalaj laŭ digno kaj rajtoj. Ili posedas racion kaj konsciencon, kaj devus konduti unu la alian en spirito de frateco.
Spoken: The winner in this round is Klingon because I like how aggressive it sounds! Sung: High Valyrian is definitely the winner it sounded so EPIC when sung! Although, Esperanto wasn't bad either Written: I think I like Esperanto in written form because it seems easy to follow.
So, it seems like its a three way tie for me but since this is a battle and there has to be one winner I'll just give my vote to Esperanto!
High Valyrian: I get a very majestic vibe from it--maybe it's from the source material and how the characters speak it? But I find myself getting intrigued by who the people speak it--it sounds exotic (despite that being a strange word to use) with the consonant sounds and such. Esperanto: My first impression was that it was quite similar to the Romance languages, specifically some Spanish, Portuguese, and Romanian. I like the bounciness of the language and how it is constructed in speech. Klingon: A lot of people say that Klingon was quite aggressive; while it wasn't obvious when I was listening to this audio sample, I get the harsh consonant sounds one would have in Hebrew, Arabic, or German.
High Valyrian: Esperanto: Klingon -- 0.5: 0.5: 0 I initially wanted to give the point to High Valyrian, due to how epic it sounds; but Esperanto pulled me in as well with its similarities to the Romance languages.
High Valyrian: I think it may be because it's an opera, but I'm not feeling the language as song-like very much. When they do emphasize these different sounds, however, they work, but I'm not getting much of it here. Esperanto: Remember when I said that Esperanto reminded me of the Romance languages? Romance languages work well in songs--and Esperanto manages to have its vowel and consonant sounds work beautifully here. With a second listening, the novelty and interest kind of wore off, however. Klingon: Background music aside, I think the language works well in terms of how they sing it. As this is a victory song, it very much emphasizes the militaristic aspects of the Klingon language which I didn't notice from when it was spoken.
High Valyrian: Esperanto: Klingon: 0.5: 1.0: 0.5
It's kind of unfair to do this with Esperanto vs. High Valyrian and Klingon, because the latter two languages aren't as developed as the former. That being said, Klingon is a very harsh language in all the ways! The capital letters and apostrophes make it difficult to add any softness to it.
Meanwhile, Esperanto has it's own charms with spelling--it takes a lot from other languages, which makes it interesting. High Valyrian looks like it could be a cool written language...except it is not complete, having too many English words.
High Valyrian: Esperanto: Klingon 0.5: 2: 0.5
Overall, Esperanto looks like a good constructed language, but it did take a long time to get there. I hope the same could be said for High Valyrian and Klingon and they get to develop their languages further!