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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Suspiciously Easy

esperanto is extremely easy to learn

14 comments:

  1. Mi ne lernas Esperanton, sed mi legas Esperanta tekston.

    Oh my God, I did not learn it, I swear!!

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    1. I believe you. Just keep your head down and don't let them find you.

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    2. Don't worry Hitler's been dead for a while now... unless he's come back as a zombie!

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  2. Stroll in Vienna, Hofgarten, ca. 2000 - a nice building. A door with a sign on it: "Sammlung für Plansprachen. Esperantomuseum." [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Department_of_Planned_Languages_and_Esperanto_Museum]

    And (IMHO) this is where it belongs. We don't need another artificial language. We need a simple one anyone can understand, speak, read and write.

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    1. I think Esperantists would argue that's exactly what Esperanto is - a simple one anyone can understand, speak, read and write.

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    2. You're right, Malachi, but let's not get side-tracked by this "artificial" tag. How much of our culture(s) is made of stuff that is totally un-artificial? Do we reject houses, cars, glasses, computers, false teeth, hearing aids, aeroplanes for being "artificial"?
      The simple truth is that Esperanto works for the purpose for which it was intended - i.e. as a bridge language between people of disparate linguistic backgrounds. As a spin-off from that, there's a whole Esperanto subculture, which most cynics refuse to acknowledge. What I say is: Don't deny it - Just try it! (Full disclosure - I've been an Esperantist since 1966 or thereabouts.

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    3. I completely agree. I don't think Esperanto should be embraced or discounted due to its artificiality. Any language that's been standardized is, in a sense, artificial. And if something artificial is something man-made, EVERY language is artificial! So that's completely a non-argument either way, in my opinion. Esperanto should be judged on its own merits.

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  3. Haha, Mi ĵus Ĉinigis vian bildliteraturon.

    Haha, I just translated your comic into Chinese.

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    1. Bonege, mi lernas la ĉinan nun, ĉu vi havas ligilon?

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  4. Finfine Esperanta bildo :) Bonfarita amiko! It is very easy but I guess for a language learner sometimes you want a challenge XD

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  5. What I gather from the comments: Esperanto is a language cult

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    1. On the other hand, English is just not easy enough to reach cult-like support. Most people calling high and low about how it's the only world language they ever need don't really speak it.

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  6. The trouble with Esperanto is that it's sexually biased. There was an attempt to remove that aspect, but the Esperanto community refused to change to a more egalitarian form.

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