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Should I Bother Learning Esperanto?

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Reasons as to why I should or should not learn Esperanto. Is it even very useful in real life? Are there many speakers in Latin America? Is it really as easy as everyone says it is? Thanks!

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Ontalor
Ontalor
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The thing is, you will probably never happen to run into someone else who uses it, but if you go traveling, you can almost certainly look up someone who can speak it in that country, who might even be willing to let you stay at their place and act as a local tour guide. For that purpose, people have found it very useful.

And it really is as easy as people say it is. It still takes time and work, any language does, but it's almost disturbing how quickly your brain can soak up and create new words after a while. Even words that don't exist in most languages. I recently saw the world "feliĉigi", which I had never seen before, but because of the way the language works, I know it means "to make (someone) happy", and I could have even created it myself if I had needed to.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yo_soycapo
yo_soycapo
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I do think it might be useful for traveling (which I plan to do), but most of my traveling will be in Latin America, and I already speak Spanish.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ontalor
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Personally, I'm interested in learning it and meeting people through it because it's a much more fair language to communicate in. When you use natural languages to communicate, someone always sounds more eloquent and persuasive, and someone always sounds kind of silly and has a lot of trouble just getting their message across. With Esperanto, people can express themselves more easily, and they can communicate as equals.

But if your goal is to go there and practice Spanish, then you wouldn't really need Esperanto. I just think it's a fun side language to pursue.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DonTeorino
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Nadie o casi nadie en latino américa conoce el esperanto, lo harás muy bien con un nivel 10 de español.. No conozco a esperanto parlantes en ningún lugar. Y lo harás también con un nivel 9 de inglés ya que multitud de personas hablan inglés en el continente de habla hispana.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fazac
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Personally I don't see the point, you are never going to use it. I have heard that it can make learning other languages easier though.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yo_soycapo
yo_soycapo
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Ive heard that too, and thats why I would consider learning it, I think. Hahah or just to be an easy language to add to my list ;) But it would be nice to actually be able to use it..

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/duonks
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From what I've read around duo, it's useful if you want to meet esperantists from other cities :-) As to helping you learn other languages, I personally think that could be said of any member of a group of similar languages...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yo_soycapo
yo_soycapo
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The social aspect of Esperanto is entriguing..

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KansasBurri

^^ This ^^ Its great if you haven't learned a language before. But if you have already learned a langauge the benefits of learning how to learn a language are already there.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Albantar
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Is it useless in practice? Yes.

Is it flawed? Definitely.

Is it a cool language to learn just for the hell of it? Hell yeah. :)

Is it easy? That's a no-brainer, it's without a doubt the easiest language to learn.

When you learn any other language, you spend well over 90% of the time learning all the illogical exceptions. Esperanto has pretty much no exceptions whatsever. Everything is completely regular. Also, when you've learned just 200 Esperanto words, you in fact already master a vocabulary of over 2000 words!

Example:

hundo = dog

koko = chicken

bovo = cattle

ina = female

ido = child

ejo = place, location, home

eta = small

ega = big

That's eight words. Lets see what we can make of that?

hundino = bitch

hundido = puppy

hundejo = kennel

hundego = big dog

hundeto = small dog

hunda = canine

hundida = for/about puppies

hundina = for/about bitches

hundideto = small puppy

hundineto = small bitch

hundinido = son of a b*... :D

kokino = hen

kokido = chick

kokejo = run (as in chicken run)

koketo = small chicken

koka = for/about chickens

bovino = cow

bovido = calf

bovejo = stable

boveto = small cow

bovego = big cow

bova = bovine

need I go on? :D

Also, you can turn almost every word from a pronoun into an adverb or a verb and vice versa by just changing the ending. Thus even colours can be verbs. To say "the sky is blue", you would say "la ĉielo bluas", where you use the word for "blue" as a verb. It would literally mean something like "the sky acts in a way so as to appear blue" which is actually much closer to the truth because the sky IS not blue, it just APPEARS blue due to a light scattering effect. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JackedTortoise

I wouldn't cause I would never use it. Heck, most people have probably never even heard about that language. And while the argument that it makes learning other languages easier, I personally don't see it as worth it if it is to only go through 1 or 2 languages after it. Because while it is easier than other languages, it is still relatively hard work. Every language requires work, whether it is easy or not. That is my opinion, no offense to people looking to learn esperanto.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/W-Cephei

I always thought how cool it would be that the humanity has a global easy language, I probaby will learn it if it is really easy.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jacob_Lewin

i would

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/yo_soycapo
yo_soycapo
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but why?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/duonks
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I would too, but only if/when it appears on duolingo... for the owl !

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FiveMagicsMaster

Its propaedeutic value is the main reason I want to learn Esperanto, you can see the wikipedia article here.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Albantar
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I used lernu.net to learn Esperanto in just one week - it really is that easy. Alright, I did already speak Dutch, French, English and German but really, Esperanto is very easy to learn. :)

3 years ago