I must have heard about this language years ago when I was considering constructing a language that cannot confuse people (yay English). Cubbi and I shared some thoughts and he mentioned it. Today on a sleepy whim, I looked it up in detail, and realized something I should have long ago; the world doesn't need to have only one language, but people do need to have a secondary language that is used world wide.
As a geek, I feel stupid for thinking about global linguistic domination when Lord of the Rings has already shown me how warm a world can be where each culture retains their uniqueness, but comes together through a common form of communication.
I guess my problem was that as an American, I was thinking that learning an additional language is too hard, but having expanded my mind, I realize that the real problem is that most English speakers are taught to show discrimination to those speaking other languages, therefore having enough opportunity to learn the language through using it is difficult.
I have invested oh~ no less than 7 years "learning" Japanese, but having no real way to speak it, I have only been able to teach my ears to understand it, but not my mouth to speak it. I imagine this is a common problem for many who try to learn another language from English cultures.
Honestly, I had a prejudice toward Esperanto because it sounds Spanish and the Hispanic version of Spanish is usually spoken by unsavory people in this area. I can get over that for the value of a world language, and even encourage others to learn this language, but I personally I am not sure if it's possible for me to master another language in this life...
If you know more than one language, would you share your learning experience with me, so that I may get a better idea of how to go about opening my mind to the experience?
EDIT- Since writing this post, I have looked into this language and agree with a common criticism that it's too difficult to pronounce correctly for native oriental language speakers. However, I still agree with the main idea. Luckily, there is still time to create a language that is easy for all.
7 years, 6 months ago
03 Oct 2011 04:57 CEST