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by Espiritu Libre, August 29, 2007

Messages: 5

Language: English

Espiritu Libre (User's profile) August 29, 2007, 7:42:21 AM

Hello, I can't speak english very well but I guess you understand me.

Esperanto tries to be a universal lenguage but english is becoming the most important lenguage in the world. Because of that, teacher and families think that their children must to learn it.

If everybody study english. What about Esperanto?

I have spoken with many persons about this and they tell me that english persons are proud because is the english lenguage what rules.

I wanna ask you. ¿Do you really think English people feel themselves the most important person and the kings of the universe?

If spanish rules on the world, I though that my lenguage is important but I didn't think that I am the best person on the world.

I really like speaking English but I prefer a neutral lenguage.

Sorry everybody but I would like you to answer me with your opinion.

Miland (User's profile) August 29, 2007, 9:53:48 AM

Espiritu Libre:If everybody study english. What about Esperanto?
People study English to better their position, and this cannot be stopped. But English, like other national languages, is difficult to learn for a person who does not grow up with it, on account of its irregularities. Those who use it well form an elite in the world, not the majority.
Esperanto is not intended as a substitute for national languages, or an instrument for furthering one's career (like English). It is intended as a bridge language that is easier to learn than national languages, and equalises those who learn it. It has been described as a 'linguistic handshake'.
From a practical point of view, if you have a background in Spanish you should find E-o easier to learn than those who do not have a background in a romance language, as the majority of the roots of its vocabulary come from Latin.

richardhall (User's profile) August 29, 2007, 10:07:03 AM

Espiritu Libre:
I wanna ask you. ¿Do you really think English people feel themselves the most important person and the kings of the universe?
No, that would be the Americans! okulumo.gif

Seriously, it's undeniable that English is the most important language in political and commercial terms. But it can never be neutral. And while there are many who speak it better than the natives, there are far more that are under the illusion that they speak it. Only recently I had a message from an Mozambiquan friend offering his congratulations on my abortion. No, I have no clue what he meant!

Esperanto has the ability to be a bridge between the nations. Whatever others choose, I have decided to play my little part in building it. You can too.

erinja (User's profile) August 29, 2007, 12:32:41 PM

There are some English-speaking people who feel they are the most important. But there are plenty who do not feel that way, as well. Also, I think it's independent of language. There are other people who feel that way who come from non-English speaking countries (feel that "We are the best"). For example, "We are so much better than all of you other countries" is the official state propaganda in North Korea. I have also met members of a certain successful Western European country that shall remain nameless, who clearly felt that their country was the best. It wasn't like the American way; they didn't put patriotic stickers on their cars or anything. It was more like a quiet "knowledge" that they are simply the best country, as if this were immediately obvious and apparent, such that it was not even worth mentioning, because it was so obvious. I found this attitude a little patronising.

Espiritu Libre (User's profile) August 30, 2007, 9:57:04 AM


My best wishes.

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