A funny fact about Esperanto

I remember reading this at the Esperanto Museum in Vienna over ten years ago, but they claimed that people learn English to a faster and better degree if they learn Esperanto first and then learn English than if they just try to learn English straight. I am not sure what they based that on, but I wonder if it is true with other languages as well.

March 16, 2019


Well some make the comparison with music when children start with a xylophon or a recorder in order to pass to a more complicated instrument later. There is a Wikipedia article about the Propaedeutic value of Esperanto, there you find the results of some experiments being done. By the way, I have heard a similar argument with Latin that it help acquire higher strata of the language.

March 16, 2019

I am Canadian and went through the school system in French Immersion. Learning French in this way was fine, though the structure of all the romantic languages came together for me in university after I took Latin.

March 17, 2019

La lernado de unu lingvo igas ĉiujn aliajn lingvojn iĝi pli facila por lerni, ĉar vi jam lernis kiamaniere lerni lingvon. Esperanto igas ĉi tiun procezon iĝi pli rendimenta, ĉar Esperanto estas tre regula en komparo kun lingvoj naturaj ekz. la angla kaj la franca.

Learning one language makes all other languages easier to learn, because you have learned how to learn a language. Esperanto makes this process more efficient, because it is highly regular, unlike natlangs such as French or English.

March 20, 2019

I've always thought that they should teach foreign languages like this, beginning at early childhood. First Toki Pona, then Esperanto, then Occidental/Interlingua (Interslavic if your objective is teaching Slavic languages), possibly then Lojban, and from Occidental, Interlingua, Interslavic or Lojban common natural languages. Ideally Occidental or Interlingua would be enough to kickstart into all Romance and Germanic languages, Interslavic into all Balto-Slavic languages, and Lojban into languages that fall outside of that general realm. Perhaps we could get a simplified version of Sanskrit for Indo-Aryan languages.

March 18, 2019

Nice but that entire 'language stack' could take a significant amount of time...why not just jump into 'real' languages from Esperanto?

March 19, 2019

Damn I didn't edit this part xD I noticed the bad implications but got distracted with a detail

March 20, 2019

It is much easier to learn Toki Pona than it is to learn Esperanto (you can do that in a week), and Lojban has more propaedeutic values if you want to think outside of the box of the logic of your own natively learned grammar constructs.

March 20, 2019
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