Declan wrote:Sokuban hit the nail on the head, people have to need to use the language to be forced to learn it. Children learn languages quickly because they don't devote time to it, they spend all day every day learning the language they need in their everyday life. Irish immersion, much like French immersion schools in Canada, work to a point (my aunt learned everything in school through Irish, but instead of improving her Irish, she simply didn't learn anything in any subject because she had no interest), but without opportunities to use the language are still a waste of time.
Twix93 wrote:Apparently Esperanto has the same number of speakers as Latvian or Lithuanian - and I think there are about 1,000 native speakers.
Delodephius wrote:I prefer English over Esperanto. I can't yet tell what, but something doesn't feel right about Esperanto, and it ain't anything usually mentioned. Something deeper than just the language itself.
Remush wrote:> but linguistic diversity is part of humanity.
From when is that so? Certainly not from millions of years, because we would have developed the skills to be multilingual from birth.
> the state of ignorance the world is in today I think doesn't give people the right to chose whether they want to learn or remain ignorant, especially in the developed countries).
Right, and everybody should learn Java or C++ or at least Jscript, Php and Mysql. The problem with people who want to spend their time on languages, is that they are incapable of learning and using computer languages. It seems that this requires other brain capacities.
I'd rather be monolingual than computer illiterate.
It strikes me that so many people who boast themselves of speaking several languages refuse to learn Esperanto, in spite of the nice principles they advocate. I think they are afraid to be faced with their incapacity of speaking the easiest language on earth..
Anyway, the fastest way to multilingualism is obviously through Esperanto, as Esperantists are more multilingual than any other population.
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