Has anyone ever heard of an artificial language called Esperanto?
The purpose of the language is to help bridge the language gap. Esperanto was intended to be an international, 'neutral', language. The language is a mixure of several different languages, but much of it is of the Romance languages (Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian. Not sure about Romanian or the minor languages.) Then smaller ammounts of the language come from German, Russian, Polish and then some non-IndoEuropean languages.
Esperanto is supposed to be an easy language to learn, you can be talking much of the language within a month.. or so the fluent speakers say. All nouns end in 'O', all adjectives end in 'A', there is only one conjugation for a verb (like Swedish), many of the words you will probably know already, plurals are formed by adding a 'J' to the end of a word, and the suffix 'N' indicated the direct object of a sentence.
I don't know too much about the language, other than what I have told you. I'm somewhat interessted in learning the language. Maybe my friend and I can learn it, just to fool around ;) If I do try and learn this language, I would make several improvements, such as changing some of the vocabulary to be centered around Slavic and German influences. I would want it to be a secret language for me and my friends to converse with.
What do you all think of Esperanto? Do you speak it already? Would you like to learn it?
Seems like an interesting language.
I found some info on it: http://www.esperanto.net/info/index_en.html
We will all be speaking English or Chinese one day. We shall see.
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9th December 2003
i have heard of it, some people of the age of 40+ but besides that it isn't really used, it kinda bleeded to death. The idea behind it is nice though, wouldn't mind to see it a required subject in all european schools and in other countries aswell.
Well, there are somewhere around 2 million speakers of Esperanto around the world, so it hasn't completely been 'bleed' to death.