Why are you learning Esperanto?
There are so many answers to this question, and I'm excited to hear yours! After watching the 'Esperanto in 3 days/ 6 days' videos, I really wanted to discover why people want to learn it!
I'm learning it because it's easy and it will help me to learn more languages.
All comments welcome! Inspire me :D
I like the idea of Esperanto. And I find its neutrality very appealing and encouraging.
The community is very kind-hearted, and supporting.
It helped me meeting and befriending many people from all around the world, who don't necessarily speak English.
It is a good resort for people who don't want to be monolingual, as it is logical and easy-to-learn.
I did learn Esperanto by accident :)
I first came across Esperanto when I was 16 or so. I borrowed a textbook from the library and read through. (As in, beginning to end, just normal reading. I didn't try to work the exercises or intentionally memorise anything.)
I would come across Esperanto occasionally in the later years.
Then about five years ago or so, I was at a Klingon language conference and met someone who I knew was an Esperantist. So I thought I'd try to speak Esperanto to him - and found that I was able to carry on a reasonable conversation, without ever having intended to learn it!
I decided to learn it more intentionally after that, and went to an event next summer that included language classes. I tested into the top class.
So while there are still things I don't know (especially vocabulary), don't understand all the intricacies of (si and po, sometimes) or get wrong occasionally despite knowing in theory how it works (accusative after al, or accusative in general, really), I'm reasonably competent. By accident :)
In addition to agreeing with many of the reasons others have stated, I also like that it is helping me understand the components of grammar better. I always got by pretty well with an implicit understanding of English grammar, but now that I'm really working on learning other languages, I'm finding that that's just not good enough. So, I'm finally getting what subjects and objects and correlatives and all those other fun things are all about.
I admit that I did not care for the sound of the language at first. I watched some of Pasporto al la Tuta Mondo, and while I truly like what they were doing with that series, the sound of it just didn't grab me. I've gotten over it, though, and now feel pretty neutral about the sound. It's totally an aesthetic thing, of course, and I recognize that my experience is different from most who will post here.
Having said all that, I find the benefits to greatly outweigh any of the negatives. I fully expect to be fluent and communicating with Esperanto well before Swedish, which I've been working on for a much longer time.
I'm really looking forward to being able to communicate with other Esperantists around the world. I really like the idea of a coming together through a neutral language that allows for easy exchanges of knowledge and ideas.
I want to be able to talk to everyone in the world, and I want everyone to be able to talk to each other. I started learning lots of languages cause I liked the idea of talking to the most people possible, but then realized it was impossible. Even one foreign language takes tons of time and practice and that only opens up one door.
Esperanto doesn't open the door to talking to everyone in the world, but that's the idea that it stands for and what it makes possible if more people start to learn it, which is why I love it.
It's also just a lot of fun to be able to speak something so quickly and so effortlessly compared to other languages.
Oh yes, the man is so right! Thank you for sharing the video.
I like the sound of Esperanto, I like the possible combinations in Esperanto and with Esperanto I get more and more confronted with Romance Languages. I love French and Spanish which I am learning at school now and Esperanto gives me the interest to more Romance Languages like Italian. Honestly, I don't like the english language but I can see the future of Esperanto as language which is thought in every school. There are so many advantages of that language that you can forget the disadvantages. We, the Esperanto learners, can help the language to get more popular.
And last I want to say that Esperanto is a symbol of peace. It is so important for us and for the next generations.
(sorry if there are some mistakes I'm not a native english speaker)
I like the concept behind the language, the "why" it was created. And the languages I speak and/or am learning currently are the main bases for Esperanto anyways so I figured it should not be too difficult to learn . Cant hurt to learn several languages either so that's a plus :D
Learning different languages is rather fun to me and I am sure its helping my memory stay strong too.
I am learning Esperanto because I want another language I could speak and write. Not just only English. I may had been studying another language I love, but when I stumbled Esperanto, I took the chance to learn it as well. Guess what, I am loving it more. I am doing well in it but you can't just be all the way without making mistakes. Learn from them! It seems Esperanto may become the second language for me than the previous one I was learning. I just love the language! Thank Zamenhof!