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I need help! I lost my motivation!

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Hi there! The fact is that I lost my motivation to learn Esperanto :( It's a very beautiful language but some thoughts which say "It's a planned useless language that won't help you in your life. Don't waste you time!" are sneaking up to me! I am thinking about stopping learning Esperanto...

UPD: I want to thank Foudeb, G2DIPI, atanaa, Taloua, BastouXII, Oblib, galacticziza, MikaelMelo for their posts. You, guys, made my day and motivated me to learn Esperanto. I really thank you. You're so cute and sympathetic!

And gnarwaster too!

July 29, 2015

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It'll make learning a romantic languages (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, French) a lot easier.

And it's easier than other languages too - I personally use it to remind myself I'm not completely stupid after being stuck in my Turkish tree!

July 29, 2015

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Not just Romance languages. Actually, a few studies have demonstrated that learning Esperanto as a first foreign language helps tremendously in learning any other language.

That's because the word nature is so clearly identifiable in Esperanto, it helps master the more complicated grammars of any natural language, even one's native language.

July 29, 2015

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And, I think Accisative makes Esperanto learners more watchful! (Because in the beginning komencantoj often forget about -n :D

July 29, 2015

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holy crap 709 day hotstreak 10 lingots for you

July 30, 2015

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Aww thank you, I've little merit aside from a certain stubbornness though! Thanks for the lingots :)

July 31, 2015

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Thanks but I think that it makes learning only vocabulary a lot easier...

July 29, 2015

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I have to say that knowing Esperanto hasn't helped me much in learning Polish vocabulary, but mostly in understanding Polish sentence structure and word order.

I hear that Esperanto's word order is very similar to slavic languages, although I don't speak any proficiently enough to be sure myself.

July 31, 2015

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Every person that does not know Esperanto and its purposes will tell you that.

I'm told that 2 or 3 or more times... every day [well, every week] xD

Just know that it's an amazing language and watch this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HZbBLl4FA0

July 29, 2015

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Thanks a lot for your video! It's so incredible! I love that video! But I am still unmotivated... Esperanto is not a real language and I won't be able to use it except the Internet... And I am a bit young and shy to Skype :)

July 29, 2015

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If we are talking about Esperanto, You can use it in the Lernu.net forum. There are a lot of people from every countries. There are Americans, Russians, Frenches, Polaks etc (sorry for mistakes). Maybe you should go there and find some motivation. Привет!

July 29, 2015

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Witam! Dziekuje (I forgot some signs?) for your link, I have been looking for Esperanto forum before, thanks!

July 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/VicenteFauli

You can use in real as well, everyday more people talk esperanto. search in facebook, google, LERNU maybe someone speak EO more near what you think :O If don't have anyone near you is a good moment for create a facebook group (or other social groups) associaton etc.

July 30, 2015

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Glad you have liked it! ;)

July 31, 2015

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Hehe, at 1:53, one of our course contributors, Junesun starts singing. :-D

July 31, 2015

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Oh, I didn't notice her! So cool!
The lyrics of the song are justified: "The world's a small place"!

July 31, 2015

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:D yes

along with Iversen ;D

in Greek and Latin...

(I've watched that video over 30 times, I think)

July 31, 2015

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Oh, I have watched it over 15 times :D It's so attractive and cheerful!

July 31, 2015

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Thanks. I just saw the video. It brightened my day. Well I'm at work so it brightened my hour. ;-). I'll get back to work and aprender divertido vocabulario desde una canción.

DANKE!

July 29, 2015

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;D Diviértete!

July 31, 2015

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Wow that was a pretty cool video!

July 30, 2015

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Thanks for sharing this video! ^_^ Now I shall pass it along..

July 31, 2015

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Let's make Esperanto the real Worldwide Language !! Faisons de L'Esperanto la vraie langue universelle !! =)

July 29, 2015

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Nous ne pouvons pas ça faire, malheureusement! We can't do it, unfortunately.

July 29, 2015

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Why that ? =( If we all start to talk it ! It will become it ! =) We just have to share the good word ! ^^ Nous sommes le monde ! MOAHAHA

July 29, 2015

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:D Maybe you're right!

July 29, 2015

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Mi havis la sama problemo frue, sed unu tago mi iris freneza kaj lerni multaj lecionoj kaj mi vidi grandega ŝanĝo en mia lerecoj. Tio estas kial mi amos esperanton! esperanto estas tre facila. Don't get me wrong all languages are hard, but this one you can actually see your self improve on the daily if you put enough effort in.

July 30, 2015

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I'm sure there are some mistakes in that in that mini paragraph.

July 30, 2015

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Plenty of people speak Esperanto, and many more are interested in learning.

Only once in my life have I met a German speaker, a Dutch speaker, I have never met speakers of: Italian, Irish, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Ukrainian, Hungarian, Polish, nor Romanian. If we considered Esperanto a waste of time for never finding its speakers, than all of these languages would probably be a waste of time, too.

I've met multiple people who know some Esperanto, and many more who would learn it, "if more people spoke it." There are many people locally who I could meet through internet forums / other resources that speak Esperanto, and this can't be said for some of the languages I mentioned prior (I've tried). There are plenty of Esperanto meet ups held all over. If you want to travel, Esperanto speakers will enthusiastically host you and show you their city. And where any one language tends to restrict you to that culture, Esperanto speakers come from many cultures. It really is already an international, worldwide language!

There are ~2,000,000 or more speakers of Esperanto. There are 73,600 more learners here on Duolingo alone, most of them will be encouraging more learners. And I'm assuming every one of them would happily hold a conversation with you in Esperanto.

July 30, 2015

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Thanks for your respond! Your words are so true!

July 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CuriousAtanaa

Think about why you wanted to learn it in the first place. The reasons are still there, they just may be a bit obscured at the moment.

Are you having trouble with a particular issue? Vocab that won't stick or grammar that you're struggling to understand? Tell us and someone may have a useful idea.

Even if you do decide to stop remember that it doesn't have to be forever. (Says the person with an 8 year+ gap in their Esperanto learning!)

July 29, 2015

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When I started learning Esperanto, I thought that it will become a international language after its appearing on Duolingo. But now I realize that it's just my dream. No, I don't have any problems in Esperanto, the learning is perfect.

July 29, 2015

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Give it time, as we say : Rome wasn't built in one day.

July 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DavidStarner

Or in Esperanto, "ne en unu tago elkreskis Kartago". (Carthage instead of Rome, of course, because that way it rhymes.)

July 30, 2015

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I'd say consider this : the Esperanto speakers seem like a very enthusiastic and friendly community. Whoever you'll come across who speaks it will be euphoric to talk to you. I haven't seen this attitude in either of the 5 other languages that I speak.

I've done some Couch Surfing a few years ago (both hosting and travelling), and it seems people from certain communities are generally like-minded and particularly open and generous. I believe we can compare the Couch Surfing community to the Esperantists one. After all, they did create one of the first large scale hospitality exchange services, and another one that predates it is named after the Esperanto word for "serve" and was first intended as a tool to help reach and keep world peace.

July 29, 2015

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Yeah, you're totally right, mean and unsympathetic people wouldn't learn Esperanto!

July 29, 2015

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I agree with what is said above, I also thought of changing the idea of learning it. But I decided not to do it. Personally, I do not want to get to high levels at Esperanto because that will not help with anything. That's why I decided to reach B1, I am just planning to speak it, unlike the other languages!

July 29, 2015

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And where will you use it?

July 29, 2015

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UPD: hm, my question isn't correct, I take it back, if I can :D. I found the purpose and now your words make so much sense to me and they motivate me so much!

July 29, 2015

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I'm learning it to have it as a spoken language. It's good to know a new language without taking much time, that's why I chose Esperanto! :D

July 29, 2015

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Thank you for all you answers, guys! You're so sympathetic, but I still can't find a good reason to learn it. Your reasons are perfect too, but I am 14 and I think that I shouldn't (or don't want ?!) to study a language only for my soul... Maybe I am a man who seeks only profit...

July 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/galacticziza

hey i'm also 14 and learning esperanto! honestly, what i'm about to say may just be repetitive or useless, but whatever! i think you should continue learning esperanto because, as stated before, it'll really help you learn a romance language--it makes it much easier! and although it may seem impossible, we could make esperanto a more-known language if a lot of people speak/learn it! also, you're really young so learning languages is easier for you now than it will be when you're older because as you get older, you brain matures and makes it a bit harder to learn new skills, languages, talents, etc. you should start learning many languages now to be great at them when you're older! and lastly: why not? why not continue learning esperanto? it's a lovely language and if it doesn't profit you--so what? you can learn it just for the fun of it! not everything needs to be profited from : ) ultimately, however, it's totally up to you whether or not you want to continue learning esperanto because this type of thing should be fun--not stressful or annoying or anything negative at all! so, it's your choice : )

July 29, 2015

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Yes, you're right, nothing will make a language worldwide if people don't do anything to do it. And also I realized that I desire to learn Esperanto, even just for fun :D I know Russian, English, study German, French, why not Esperanto?
Now I am so motivated, thank you guy!

July 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/galacticziza

yay! that's the spirit buddy : )

July 29, 2015

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I love you, American motivators!

July 29, 2015

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<3 we luv u too haha

July 29, 2015

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I'm 16 and I also started because I'd the dream that this language would be what the English is nowadays. Sometimes I still think that I'm wasting my time, but I've got so far to give up that easily? No way. I'm going to at least finish the tree, I want to be able to read at least a satisfactory content in Esperanto.

Esperanto really is kinda useless (a lot of people won't like what I just said), but if I wanted to know a language to be useful and to communicate worldwide, I already know English, that's enough, each other language is a bonus!

July 29, 2015

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haha honestly as an English speaker i am somewhat disappointed that i have no practical need to learn a new language because of the English dominance as a trade language, and I think the reason i am learning esperanto is in hopes that maybe it could rise to be an important language to learn on the same level as English. Idk maybe i'm masochistic voting against my native language.

Ni ĉiuj lerni esperanto! Havas esperas!

July 30, 2015

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Dankon, vi pravas!

Edited

July 30, 2015

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Yeah, my dream was so too! You're right, so far, it will be worse to give up! The words are so good!

July 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LazyRavenclaw

There are so many excellent answers here I need only acknowledge rather than repeat them, but I would like to add one more: because its fun. Because of its neutral nature and ease of learning, its very easy to make the language 'yours' in its own way; I fully admit I enjoy using it to good naturedly prank others into thinking I can't understand English. Its useful for brushing off telemarketers and particularly rude people. The things people may say will surprise you when they think you can't understand them. That can be a good way to spread Esperanto to one's friends by getting them in on the game, and can create good opportunities for spreading awareness of the language.

July 31, 2015

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Vi tre pravas!

Edited

July 31, 2015

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Made an update.

July 29, 2015

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I'm really glad to read it, best of luck on your tree!

July 29, 2015

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Thanks! I wish to you the same!

Sorry for my English!

July 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/galacticziza

: ) we're glad cutie!!

July 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DavidStarner

To me, there's a lot of literature translated into Esperanto, and it offers a more neutral meeting zone. Will my Nokto de la Galaksia Fervojo be more authentic then if I read it in English? I don't know, but there's a feeling of stepping halfway there instead of just reading it in English. (The odds I will ever learn Japanese is minimal, and even if I did there's a dozens of other major languages that I will never know.)

When I complete the Esperanto tree, I will turn to German, probably. So at worst it's a minor distraction from the prospect of learning more useful languages.

July 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/VicenteFauli

I started to learn esperanto in my city before start with the english, and is ussefull, thanks to the esperanto I opened my mind for learn other languagues quickly :) I went to the spanish esperanto congress the last year, and i can talk with many diferents people (italian, german, brazilian...)

July 30, 2015

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Я перестала учить казахский по этой же причине. Я сама из Казахстана, но давно там не живу и язык мне не нужен, не с кем общаться, нечего смотреть, нечего читать - получается просто трата времени, которое можно было потратить с гораздо большей пользой. От эсперанто, имхо, куда больше пользы, потому что люди на нем говорят по всему миру, и обычно это люди, которые любят в целом изучать языки, то есть похожи на меня.

August 7, 2015

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Разве на казахском нечего читать/смотреть. Если так, то да, вы правы, эсперанто на много полезнее. Да и он помогает понять логику многих других языков. Для эсперанто, лично, делает многое: он и мозг держит в напряжении (эсперанто это только логика :D) и тренирует бдительность.

August 7, 2015

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ничего, что лично мне было бы интересно, казахский замкнут только на Казахстан, а я там не живу

August 7, 2015
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