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Why I will NEVER learn Esperanto

Why I will NEVER learn Esperanto

[Esperanto] – Do you speak Esperanto? [English] – Esperanto? Hell no! Why would I speak Esperanto, man? Preparing his speech for an
international conference in Geneva in 1906 Zamenhof described the events in his
hometown of Bialystok. Savages with axes and iron stakes have flung
themselves like the fiercest beasts against the quiet villagers. They smashed
the skulls and poked out the eyes of men and women, of broken men and helpless
infants at the next conference after that in Cambridge in 1907, he said flatly
that Esperanto would become a school for future brotherly humanity so there’s
always been a political project behind Esperanto but it is hard to say if
modern Esperantists really adhere to these original principles as they tend
to be split into subgroups based on their own preferences. So you’re probably
ask yourself if you’re unfamiliar with Esperanto, well what is Esperanto?
Esperanto is the most successful and widely spoken conlang or constructed
language in the world and it all started here in this city which lies modern-day
Poland which is Bialystok. The creator of Esperanto Ludvik Zamenhof was born
here when it was part of the Russian Empire and at that time in his childhood
the city was multilingual and multi-ethnic so there was a lot of
Yiddish spoken by Jews predominantly of course, German, Russian, Polish,
Belarusian and many other languages here on most of different groups in the city and
Zamenhof … this left a big impression on Zamenhof and he believed that the
animosity between the different groups was caused by the fact that they spoke
different languages in large part and he set about in 1873 creating a new
language called Esperanto that he believed would become a universal
language not just here in Bialystok but actually across the
globe and Zamenhof himself was actually a polyglot he spoke lots and lots of
different languages not just Yiddish German, Russian, Polish but also Romance
languages like French, Latin so he had a wide array of language. He
also came to contact with Lithuanian apparently so he had this kind of mix
and that actually left a big impression on Esperanto itself and the way that it
was designed because he used a lot of the influence of the languages around
him in Europe to create the language which goes to a point about whether
Esperanto at the entity is actually really a neutral language because it is
predominately in the Indo-European. So of course reducing inter-ethnic
group violence and conflict sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? But unfortunately
the statistical evidence just doesn’t add up that having a common language is
actually a good indicator in terms of … a predictor in terms of reducing
intergroup or inter-ethnic violence you just have to look at other bloody
conflicts in Europe where people actually had a common language for
example the former Yugoslavia in the 90s or Northern Ireland of course over 30 years
and unfortunately that just doesn’t hold up when we look at the numbers. So one of
the main reasons for creating Esperanto as a common language and as a conlang, ,a constructed language, to reduce inter-ethnic conflict here in Bialystok
that was Zamenhof’s idea it’s just a myth. It doesn’t work in reality
unfortunately. so another city that L.L. Zamenhof
lived in was Grodno which lies today in modern Belarus. One of the things of
course motivates me to learn languages is if you actually know lots of people
especially if you actually have a romantic partner either you’re married
to someone you have a long-term partner or just that you’ll have a girlfriend
from a country where the language is spoken that you’re trying to learn or
that you actually get motivated to learn the language because you’ve met someone
who speaks it and you want to get to know their culture better which is also
important if you’re having a long-term relationship with someone. I definitely
advise that. Now Esperanto I have actually never dated anyone who speaks
Esperanto which for knowing people would be like, duh. There aren’t many people who
speak Esperanto but actually at the language conferences that I go to there
are quite a lot … quite a large number of Esperantists at times but nothing
romantic has ever happened personally to me. Esperantist ladies let me know write
me if you want to convince me to learn Esperanto. So Zamenhof himself had a vision of
Esperanto to become kind of like a universal global lingua franca and that
simply is just first of all not happened the number of people speaking Esperanto
or any conlang even if it’s the most widely spoken one are just a fraction of the
world’s population and there are several other regional lingua francas like in
Latin America Spanish is effectively a lingua franca or French in a lot of
Africa and Russian in this region. As everyone knows the global language today
is English. So English has achieved without the need to actually create the
language just for that purpose in effect it is becoming a global lingua
franca. One could say it already is. I had a video that I made with Steve Kaufmann
who is known as LingoSteve on YouTube is huge doyen in the field of language
learning, love Steve’s content over the last decade here on YouTube and we made
a video about how language is the fourth dimension of travel because it really
adds something in terms of communicating with people and having access to the
culture and just giving it more of a pleasurable experience when you’re
traveling at least for us that’s our take on it and that’s something that you
just can’t get with Esperanto because it’s not like like for example you learn
in Spanish maybe because you want to go to Cuba you know dance salsa eat Cuban
food and that’s gonna be an integral part of going there. It’s also … maybe you’re even
gonna take a Spanish course in Havana in Cuba in order to do that but you’re just
not gonna do that with Esperanto. Now I know they organize of course Esperanto
events and you can go there but that’s not the same thing in terms of travel. So if you enjoyed this video big thumbs
up if you didn’t enjoy it probably give me a thumbs down but that’s fine make
sure that you comment in any case whether you speak Esperanto, plan to
learn it, love the concept, love the idea of the values of Esperanto or you think
it’s completely waste of time. It’s utter folly and we should just abandon the
whole idea of a language like Esperanto. Let me know all that good stuff below in
the comment section below the video and normally I sign up my videos with ya
normally the language I’m talking about but since Esperanto is not a language I’m planning to learn and I think would be inappropriate for me to sign off
in Esperanto as it doesn’t have a homeland and I’m here in Grodno in
Belarus so I’m gonna sign off in of the two of official languages of
Belarus which is Russian and that is ‘до свидания’ and I will see you guys in the
next video. If you’re not a subscriber there’s a red button
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69 thoughts on Why I will NEVER learn Esperanto

  1. Zamenhoff I thought was born in Gdansk. If not, then what was his connection with Gdansk? It is interesting that you spent some time in Bialystok. It is a bit boring from a tourist's perspective!


    This message is for those

    who want me to learn their language…

    if Italians want me to learn their language, they have to pay me 1 million dollars as a compensation for wasting my time and my efforts.

    Germans have to pay me 5 million dollars,

    French have to pay me 10 million dollars.

    Russians have to pay me 25 million dollars,

    Arabs and Persians have to pay me 50 million dollars each,

    Spaniards, Israelis, Chinese, Japanese and Koreans have to pay me 100 million dollars each in order to convince me to learn their language.

    just think about it. why else would I waste my time and energy learning a language that has no use outside the specific country or region they are spoken in? I would rather use my time to master a language that can be used around the globe. English is that language and that is why I encourage all to master the English language.

    I would sell my house, my business, my property, my farm even my kidney in order to be able to send my kid to an English medium school.

    a child's mother tongue is an exception. the child must never abandon his or her mother tongue. but the child must still be educated in English medium in order to prepare him or her to compete and succeed in this global economy. Mother tongue can be taught as a subject.

    Zulfiqar Tareen, a friend of all, the enemy of none.


  3. SORRY,

    I do not want to waste my limited time on earth learning
    Esperanto, German, French, Italian, Danish, Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and 1000s of other languages.

    that is what people used to do in the past. it was needed then. people used to learn many languages to gain knowledge and learn about other cultures. it was considered a sign of respect, and intellect. it also was a way to achieve success, progress, prosperity and fame in the society.

    but not anymore.

    the reason behind my not learning those languages anymore is that the speakers of all those languages and the speakers of every other language on earth are now desperate to master the English language. My goal now is to master the English language because all the knowledge that I need or will ever need is available in English.

    So, my advice to all is that start learning and mastering the English language. Do not wait for tomorrow. get on this project today, right now, right at this moment. The English will enrich you with knowledge, give you confidence and help you succeed and prosper in life.

    Zulfiqar Tareen, a friend of all, the enemy of none.


  4. It’s a waste of time! English is the international language nowadays, love it or hate it, it’s simply the way it is. Make no mistake, Esperanto isn’t neutral either, there is some kind of ideology – political movement behind.

    English is now the language of
    international business, commerce, trade, shipping, aviation,
    medicine, research, technology, computers, science, and inventions.

    let us take a closer look…

    it is the language of…
    The world bank ( IMF),
    the only official language of OPEC,
    the only language allowed in shipping,
    the only language allowed in aviation,
    the most common language in the European Parliament,
    Working language of European free trade association,
    Eighty-nine per cent of European students today choose English as their second language.
    the official language of Association of Baltic marine biologists,
    the official language of Asian amateur athletic association,
    the official language of the European association of fish pathology,
    the official language of African hockey federation,

    Almost all of the Medical journals around the globe are published in English,
    the biochemistry journal in Japan is published only in English,
    over 98% research papers around the world are published in English,

    multinational companies like Daimler and Mercedes conduct their meetings in English only. do you think you can survive, compete or succeed by ignoring English?

    follow in the footsteps of Shahrukh Khan, Amitabh Bachan, Kapoor family, Dutt family, movie stars, politicians and rich people. regardless of what they pretend to be in public, their children go to English medium schools only.

    start learning English today and do whatever it takes to send your child to an English medium school. get on this mission right now, right at this moment. Don't even wait for tomorrow. you can always teach your mother tongue to your child as a subject in the school or at home.

    Zulfiqar Tareen, a friend of all, the enemy of none.


  6. Hahah I don't know about Esparanto language. What are the contries that use this language? or what cities? I would like to learn a lot of languages. Currently, I'm learning English. I could some places that using Esparanto language.

  7. I like Esperanto based of the novelty of it. I like that there's a small subculture spread across the world around it. It's sort of a nerdy thing. I might never learn it but I know some of the grammar and, knowing German and French, I understand a lot. I think it's fun!

  8. I'm a bit disappointed that you didn't put much effort in discussing the language, you just dismissed it out of hand. Esperanto has a lot of interesting features, so it's a shame when people call it useless without looking first.

    Also, Zamenhof never believed that a common language alone would end ethnic strife, he just believed it made things worse. He believed a common language was a necessary pre-condition for cross-community understanding, not something that would solely bring it about.

  9. I appreciate a critique of Esperanto that is at least very well researched. Good job! I've traveled all over the world (especially in Brazil, Russia and Japan) talking to people in Esperanto, which I couldn't have spoken to in any other way and I really appreciate those friendships. I really don't think Esperanto is for everyone, but most of the people I know who've learned it has found that it has really enriched their lives. <3

    [For reference, I've had many romantic relationships with women who speak Esperanto. It's great!]

  10. I do not know why some polyglots waste their YouTube video time "bagging" Esperanto. The number of misconceptions put forward in this YT video to not learn Esperanto are many. 1. Esperanto is world wide despite its European origin. (Come to think about it, so is English). 2. Esperanto speakers have an "couch surfing", travel register where one can travel at low cost. 3.) Language is only one aspect of Nationalism, but it is a strong divide among nations, especially back in 1800's. 4.) Esperanto is another language that can be learned quickly and added to any "would be" polyglots list of spoken languages. BTW the Original Polyglot Gathering "Conference" was based on an Esperanto Conference format.

  11. I've never learned Esperanto myself but encountered many people speaking it at language events. I might learn it some time in the future but for now I'll focus on my Russian and Portuguese.

  12. Thanks for the video! I also have zero attraction to Esperanto, part of the attraction is yes dating (guys in my case). Also just getting under the skin of the culture. Going to Connemara and sitting at a bar and speaking Irish to an old man, ordering a coffee in Croatia in Croatian and getting a huge smile. For me Esperanto has none of these, it is not neutral and has an Indo European base! Sorry fans of Esperanto or any other constructed language. Now I will just run for cover!

  13. I had a similar attitude before I learned it. That's the case with all Esperanto critiques you can't make an informed judgment unless you know something about it but with "I'm not going to look at it" attitude that's impossible.

    Esperanto is an easy target but it's not that innocent to give it a hard time as it might seem. Esperanto speakers are offended by the unjust judgment made by badly informed people.

    It's like saying "Irish is stupid and should just die off naturally", "Polish is a waste of time, just speak English to them" and so on. Here it is obvious that speakers of these languages wouldn't be happy to hear that but only with Esperanto, everyone thinks he knows better and can practice his bitting up skills.

    I'm not going to learn a lot of languages in my life but I'm also not going to publish any video "Why I will never learn…" about them.

    My reasons to learn Esperanto are it's fun linguistically and it's fun to meet other people who passed the "I will never learn it" barrier. There are a lot of nice people there including some world-famous polyglots.

  14. To learn or not to learn, that's your choice, but anyone shouldn't insult the culture just because you don't like it
    On my side, Esperanto is successful on the internet, I have a few friends who speak Esperanto, by using Esperanto, it makes me feel more equality than using English
    I study Esperanto only 30 minutes per day, it's not really waste time to me
    Anyway, I'm glad to learn new viewpoint from the others, hope it doesn't confuse you by the poor English.

  15. Blimey ,you're a target of the # metoo if you talk about dating girls and then include a random clip of girls which looks like you had a brief chat with(?). Btw, body language accounts for alot initially so that's a cop out – you must've copped off in a club as a teen on the dancefloor, right?

  16. Glad you have some background in Esperanto history, Conor. But boy is there a lot more to it. Before WW2, it was a huge deal in both Germany and USSR, and was squashed by Hitler and Stalin since it interfered with their nationalism. Esperantists were persecuted and Zamanhof's family was targeted for execution.

    There's an interesting literature in Esperanto, and with the growth of the Web, the number of people learning it is going up.

    I have learned about 5 languages and dabbled in many others. If you're good at languages, Esperanto is a piece of cake, a real pleasure. Zamenhof was a genius in how he reduced grammar to its basics, and how he used existing Indo-European vocabulary (mostly French, English, German …) to make the language more accessible.

    You're right that Esperanto is not like other languages … and that's part of its appeal. It's something different. I'm actually rather crticical of certain aspects of modern Esperanto culture, but all in all, learning it has enriched my life in strange ways.

  17. Why did you waste your time making a video telling why you will not waste your time learning esperanto? 😀

  18. Ok. Here is again a pretentious polyglot who only wants to make the buzz mocking esperanto as usual, and why ?
    Simply because he wants to make money arguing that esperanto is not a usefull language and that it would be preferable, according to him, to learn more difficult languages. Not everybody is able, has the time or the money to learn complexe languages, we are not all elitist as you lucky man.

  19. Nice video! Somehow I expected lots of bashing and spread of falsehoods, because that happens in a lot of videos and articles criticizing Esperanto. But no, your explanation was accurate and also very neutral. I also get the impression: "Okay, true, with all those things in mind, I can understand that this guy isn't so interested in Esperanto. Aw well." — other people, like me (fluent in it for a dozen years or so now), still enjoy it and learn it also for other reasons, e.g. initial scepticism and the will to try out something new and unusual. Later, the Esperanto culture got me hooked and made me stay. I don't think anyone actually learns Esperanto with the goal to be able to speak it everywhere in the world, and only few people learn it for the ideology that's behind it.

  20. Mi anticipas, ke la plejparto da komento ĉi tie estas la angle. Kial la lingvon de devigo uzi? Jes, la anglan mi celis.

    La homojn kiuj ne ŝatas ĝin esperanto allogas. Estas amuze. Rompitajn logikojn mi tiel ofte rimarkas se ĉi tiun temon oni diskutas. Unue esperaton mi ne tre ŝatis tial, ke mi dubemis. Tamen, post esperanton mi ofte uzis, ĝin uzi ĉiutage, mi rimarkis, ke la gajnojn kiuj oni menciis fakte pravas. Min kredu.

    Ju pli oni parolas pri siaj malamoj kaj malŝatoj de esperanto des pli oni sciemiĝos. Pro tio, dankon.


    This message is for those

    who want me to learn their language…

    if Italians want me to learn their language, they have to pay me 1 million dollars as a compensation for wasting my time and my efforts.

    Germans have to pay me 5 million dollars,

    French have to pay me 10 million dollars.

    Russians have to pay me 25 million dollars,

    Arabs and Persians have to pay me 50 million dollars each,

    Spaniards, Israelis, Chinese, Japanese and Koreans have to pay me 100 million dollars each in order to convince me to learn their language.

    just think about it. why else would I waste my time and energy learning a language that has no use outside the specific country or region they are spoken in? I would rather use my time to master a language that can be used around the globe. English is that language and that is why I encourage all to master the English language.

    I would sell my house, my business, my property, my farm even my kidney in order to be able to send my kid to an English medium school.

    a child's mother tongue is an exception. the child must never abandon his or her mother tongue. but the child must still be educated in English medium in order to prepare him or her to compete and succeed in this global economy. Mother tongue can be taught as a subject.

    Zulfiqar Tareen, a friend of all, the enemy of none.


  22. Interesting and funny video, I have really enjoyed it!

    I see that your arguments for not learning Esperanto are (according to your understanding) because the initial expectations for the language have not been accomplished. I.e. Failure of ending of the ethnic or inter-community violence, lack of a whole spread of Esperanto throughout the World and even because it does not work for traveling or for dancing salsa

    I will not play here the role of an advocate of Esperanto but where you see “lack of..” what I see is that the language is alive with a substantial bibliography behind, written or translated into the language, and a rich community of followers that are really motivated and honestly believe that Esperanto as a constructed language is perfectly valid for the purpose of a lingua franca. Social intercourses happened in Esperanto may be seen as good indicators of such possibility.

    A lot of misconceptions have been created about Esperanto; some of them are fueled intentionally, others are simply the result of a careless thought.


  23. English
    The origin story of #Esperanto and its creator's goal of it becoming a "universal" language does a lot to damage its potential benefit today. While the story is what it is, that's not the reason why most people learn Esperanto today. Even a regional simplified lingua franca today would be massively beneficial as a supplement for places where English is not widely spoken, or for individuals who have less need for English.

    As a person who cherishes other languages I see a huge benefit in having a common, simplified, and regular language with few exceptions in its usage. It is a little difficult for me to understand how other people with similar interests diverge so much on this viewpoint. I am starting to notice, however, that they all assume that things are impossible to change and therefore we should go into the future with the same ideas of the past.

    La geneza rakonto de Esperanto kaj la celo de ĝia kreinto – havigi universalan lingvon – hodiaŭ malhelpas tion ke oni adoptu ĝin laŭ kelkaj. Kvankam tiu rakonto estas vera kaj neŝanĝebla, tio ne estas kial la plejparto lernas Esperanton hodiaŭ. Eĉ regiona lingvafrankao estus ege efika kiel aldona lingvo por lokoj kie oni ne vaste parolas la anglan, aŭ por individuoj kiuj ne multe bezonas la anglan.

    Kiel homo kiu aprezas aliajn lingvojn mi taksas ĝin ege utila havi komunan, simplan, kaj regulan lingvon sen multe da esceptoj. Mi tute ne komprenas kial aliaj lingvemuloj ne konsentas kun tio. Mi ekrimarkas, ke tiuj kutime supozas, ke ne eblas ŝanĝi la mondon kaj pro tio oni eĉ ne provu kaj faru same kiel niaj antaŭuloj.

    Dankon pro la reklamo.

  24. The fact that you have to write a video explaining why you won't learn it means that Esperanto has already won. Esperanto's biggest enemy is obscurity and apathy. Thanks for that big "hell no".

    Update: After two months of YouTube trying to get me watch videos like this one, I decided to make a video with the same title – except it's too late for me. I already speak Esperanto. Here are my reasons "Why I will NEVER learn Esperanto" (https://youtu.be/qpWkZmopliA) Spoiler alert: Live and let live.

  25. I have a question, Conor. Early in the video, you say, "…But it is hard to say if modern Esperantists really adhere to these original principles as they tend to be split into subgroups based on their own preferences." I was hoping you'd give examples later in the video, but I don't recall hearing you say anything more about it. What did you mean? Now, as with any language, there are people who prefer to study and read the language on their own, and there are people who prefer to seek out others to converse with, but I doubt those are the subgroups you mean, so I'm confused and curious.

    I've considered becoming a professional Esperantist (someone who designs courses for people learning Esperanto, translates reading material into Esperanto, maybe creates original content in Esperanto for sale, and attends Esperanto conferences around the world) as a possible way to become a digital nomad. But in the end, I decided not to become a digital nomad. I'm much more likely to become a multilingual tour guide in my hometown eventually. If so, it would be cool to be practically the only guide in the world who can give tours in Esperanto. But how can I draw Esperanto speakers to my city and have them hire my services? Also, the language has very few learners where I live. With all of this in mind, I too, chose not to learn Esperanto. If circumstances change, I'll reconsider.

  26. Conor, you speak so many languages – I think you'll do fine without Esperanto. You are the language Tsar, living the Tsar Experience. Always enjoy your videos.

  27. I've been reading the comments; probably a mistake; and I find it interesting that every one of these arguments involves some pompous self-deemed expert who points out the fact that it's not language neutral because it's basically a mash of European languages, yet it is just as popular in China specifically because of the similarities in word and phrase construction with Mandarin. It's growing in popularity in Japan due to it's bridging ability with other languages. It's beginning to gain popularity in several African communities due to it's inexpense and accessibility. Do I need to point out that the people who tend to put la internacia lingvo down on this point are almost exclusively English speaking? No one else really has a problem with it.

    With few exceptions, Esperantists understand that the language had a slim chance in the late 1800's – early 1900's and it simply didn't overcome the opposition, but guess what: it's still here and growing. Ten years ago there were an estimated 2 to 3 million speakers world wide, right? We have close to that number currently newly learning just within the last couple of years and since it takes between 3 and 6 months to be able to conversationally communicate with the language, I'm not great at math, but we just doubled.

    Not useful? It's being used in the internet cooperative software industry. It's being learned by newly begun academic polyglots. It's being used by political ideologues and rebels. It's used by humanists and hobbyists. So really, when it comes to it, if it remains a slightly nerdy enjoyable way to make friends across cultural and geographic boundaries, to communicate against oppressive governments, if it never becomes the official auxiliary language of the U.N. or EuroUnion, we can say this, and I'll say it in the best native English I can for those people: Who gives a flying purple monkey's shit what you think of it? Really! We're growing fast. Catch up or get out of the way.

  28. Hey Tsar love the videos! Wonder if you can help. I’m learning Russian and wonder if you have any advice on perhaps studying in Eastern Europe or Russia. If you could make a video on this it would be amazing! Thanks Tsar!

  29. I'm not going to recommend Esperanto. Here's why. You use a natural language because you need it. Esperanto it's alive not because of its culture or utility, but because of its movements. Those movements are ideological. People that just want to use the language because it's fun and easy don't realize that the ideas, means, and goals of Zamenhof were evil. A large group of Esperanto speakers, after consuming the ideas of the movements and Zamenhof, will end up approving those movements. Maybe they don't like to form part of a movement because they don't think that movement is going anywhere, but they are not against that movement either. There is no possibility to clean Esperanto from its ideologies because the creator was smart enough to make Esperanto that way. He's wasn't alone, evil religious leaders and intellectuals share Zamenhof believes and talked about peace through world unification, which is a lie and perverse. Movements of Esperanto are contaminated with those ideas.

    English doesn't have a single creator and it's neutral because it's not attached to ideologies or movements. It can be more difficult, but it's a good price to pay. If English collapse, we will learn another lingua franca, it doesn't matter because people are using English for its usefulness not because they want an international language that will be used just because it's good for humanity to have one.

    I considered to use Esperanto for fun and education, but even if you use Esperanto for the good reasons, for example, helping a monoglot, you can be contributing to became Esperanto more popular. Therefore, its ideologies will be more popular. You can't dissociate Esperanto of his creator and its movements. Today, there are not countries full of Esperanto speakers that are sharing tons of value and making a big difference in the world and that's a good thing. Remember, God did not want us to have a single language.

  30. Learning Esperanto is not a waste of time. Placing idiotic comments about not wanting to learn Esperanto (and presumably nothing else either) is a waste of time. Get off your lazy arses and LEARN!! Use your brain!

  31. Welcome to "Why I will not learn Klingon"
    Drone Footage

    By the way
    I understand the points you and others have risen about why you dont feel motivated to learn it compared to other languages – totally fair! 🙂

  32. I am learning Esperanto now with the resources that are available to me. Ill soon buy a book to learn more about this language. I speak Spanish, English, French and I plan to learn how to speak Welsh and/or Irish Gaelic eventually. Thank you.

  33. Lol. I'm a girl who is a low intermediate Esperanto level right now. 😀 Good luck with your language learning, which ever you choose to study. 😉

  34. Esperanto? Hell no! Why would I Iearn what the cool kids learn? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikOwUuoqqZc

  35. While Esperanto's vocabulary is very Indo-European, it tends to be most popular in far East Asia. Esperanto was meant to be an international auxiliary language (auxlang) and not to replace anyone's native language. Most Esperantists today don't have the same lofty goals as Zamenhof. Some do, but not all. I think it would be a good first foreign language to learn because it's highly regular and shows how languages work. In English and Spanish (and French, German, Italian, etc) there are so many verb forms. Esperanto's verbs are like Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish and don't change form for person, just tense (mi parolas – I talk, vi parolas – you talk, li parolas – he talks, etc). Esperanto uses the accusative ending -n and several affixes, which make it a very flexible language. Of course, you don't see Esperanto phrasebooks because for the most part it would be useless in most tourist situations, and for that you'd want to learn the local language to get around, but Esperantists have Pasporta Servo which serves as Couchsurfing for them and has been around for much longer. At least you didn't attach Esperanto speakers or the movement as a whole. Good job.

  36. It's tempting NOT to learn a language because no one else is learning it. Why bother. Ironically, I wonder if those learning Esperanto did it because it's exotic in the same way as one would learn Latin, or because they were hoping to communicate with more people around the world. Could it be the biggest catch 22 of linguistics?

  37. Aunque el Esperanto en la actualidad no es un idioma tan conocido, sí se puede afirmar que el Esperanto es el idioma con hablantes mejor distribuidos a nivel mundial. El inglés aunque tiene hablantes en todos los países, solo un país (Estados Unidos) posee aproximadamente el 45% del total de hablantes. Además si tomamos en cuenta solo las personas que han estudiado inglés como segunda lengua, solo un pequeño porcentaje llega realmente a hablar el idioma, muy diferente ocurre con el Esperanto.
    Si bien hoy en día el inglés es el idioma más utilizado, no quiere decir que siempre lo será, cuando se creó el Esperanto era el francés el idioma más utilizado en el mundo. En la política mundial la tendencia es hacia el multilingüismo, la ONU y UE cada vez usan más idiomas oficiales.
    Aun considerando las claras ventajas actuales de saber inglés, el Esperanto no deja de ser un idioma con cada vez más hablantes, la cantidad de tiempo que se invierte en aprender Esperanto es solo una fracción del tiempo que se necesita para hablar inglés (solo un 15% del tiempo). Además facilita el aprendizaje de otros idiomas.

    Viajar sabiendo Esperanto puede que hasta sea más fácil y barato que con otros idiomas. Se puede contactar a un hablante de Esperanto local, y este estará encantado de ayudar, ya sea dando hospedaje, recomendando lugares, o hasta sirviendo como guía. Para alguien que hable inglés, todos estos servicios estarán disponibles pero de seguro nada gratis ni barato. Además, en el ejemplo que pones de alguien que quiera aprender español en Cuba, y que no existe el equivalente en Esperanto, es al contrario, alguien que vaya a Cuba no pude aprender un idioma tan complicado como el español en unas vacaciones, en cambio alguien que quiera aprender Esperanto dispone de decenas de ciudades, ya que se hacen muchos encuentros en todo el mundo cada año, conociendo además no solo la ciudad en cuestión y personas de esa ciudad y país, sino además personas de todo el mundo. Utilizando el esperanto durante toda una semana se logra un nivel incomparable a otro idioma.

  38. O, libervol-oponantul', ne ofendiĝu!
    Ja Esperanto kiel HELP-RIMEDO
    Vin ne alvokas al posedo.
    Ne ĝenu vin kaj trankviliĝu!

  39. Hey. They do not learn and use Esperanto but a universal language. So look wiki for Universal language at least.
    Do you know who learned Esperanto when it came out ? People who learned and used other Universal language.
    Same way, just in case if a better universal language comes out, all esperantisto would learn and use the new one, even Esperanto creator LL Zamenhof.
    since point for them is the idea of Universal language which can not be exist in who lives in only PHYSICAL world, not META-PHYSICAL.

  40. Please do not mix Universal language and Esperanto.

    Don't you want to learn Universal Language or Esperanto ?
    If the former your soul is too practical. If latter, you should tell why Esperanto is not a good universal language.

    Who leaned Esperanto when it was published ? People who are seeking Universal language.
    Same way, if the better universal language comes out, all esperantisito will learn the new one, EVEN Zamenhof.
    You just told you are so only practical that you can not lean anything without immediate visible profit.

  41. By learning Esperanto, I learned a lot about my own native language structure. I guess Latin could have been of the same use, but it's much harder to learn and probably less fun.

  42. Koo vee parolas esperanto???? Lol…You don't even know to speak it , how someone should judge something without knowing it well, sorry but that's silly.

  43. Is nobody going to remark on the ridiculous pseudo-Esperanto in the beginning? Oh, right, I forgot that the bulk of Esperanto “speakers” are eternal beginners.

  44. What I like about esperanto:
    – easy to pick up.
    – introduces a simple case system. for people unfamiliar with cases
    – logical.
    – phonetically simple but at the same time uses phonemes some languages don't use.
    – large international community.
    – plenty of free resources to learn it.
    What I don't like about esperanto:
    – you forcefully need to find an esperantist community, there are no diasporas.
    – many esperantists are very sensitive to criticisms about esperanto
    – There's a small but noticeable superiority complex among the esperantist community, feeling as if their language is the key to a better world.
    -not much enjoyable media in esperanto, probably because most esperantists are like-minded therefore there isn't much creative diversity in their media.

  45. These types of videos are very strange. Why should anybody care if you don't want to learn Esperanto, and why do you care if anybody does? ?

  46. Yeah, looking at the use of esperante, there is not realy a good reason to learn it, but there is another reason: it makes a lot of good to the mind. there is a lot of studies which show that, after learning esperanto, you can learn another languages MUCH easier. if you are not a english speaker (like me) and you want to learn english, it will be A LOT easier if you trained your mind before with a easier language. and, also, it is very fun to learn a language; you start to learn it in Duolingo, and you dont see the time passing.

  47. I think this is not the point. Dude, nobody gives a fuck about what you do in your spare time, ukrainian language, knitting cardigans, effel tower in matches, or esperanto.

    The problem is NOT for you but only for the non native speakers of english who had to face :

    – Huge vocabulary ( 16 ways to translate the French word "comprendre")

    – Highly inconsistent vocabulary (weapon/disarmament, moon/lunar, IN-evitable/UN-avoidable).

    – A lot of collocations, idioms, sayings and ambiguoüs constructions : meaning of "japanese encephalitis vaccine", "malaria therapy", "no standing" ?

    – 13 000 phrasal verbs, post positions change the meaning of an entire phrase or sentence in an impredictable way.

    – Weird expression of movement (he became famous by singing/he sang his way to fame wtf ???)

    – A lot of difficult past tenses : went, has gone, had gone, was going, has been going, would go, would have go, would have been going

    – Irregular use of the future : life/live/still lifes, irregular verbs, inconsistencies in the use of the article and the prepositions.

    – Inconsistent spelling, 9 different way to utter the grapheme "ought".

    – Inconsistent stress

    – 20 vowels and diphtongues, while italian, swahili or japanese have only 5.

    – Short words like get, set, up, bat, bite, bit, beat, but, bought, bet, beet, boot, difficult to grasp when listening, and with for get or set a wide range of different meaning (300 entries in a dictionnary) . The brain has no time to process.

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