Is it worth learning Esperanto?

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Or better learn English/Spanish/Chinese? Does this language have relevance?

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It's the most widely-spoken constructed/artificial language, but it really isn't as widely spoken as the three you mentioned. What is your native language?

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crimsonDyname wrote:

What is your native language?

Russian language is my mother tongue.

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In that case, I would suggest learning a language that is Slavic-based, as it would be the easiest for you. Purely on the basis of use, after Russian, Serbian is the most widely-spoken Slavic-based language.
If you want to learn a Romance language, I would go for French or Spanish.

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Joined: 05.04.2012

Any language is worth studying Wink smile

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I'd say learn Spanish. Once you're advanced in it, it opens the door to more romance languages like French, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan, Romanian and so on.

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phantasmagoria wrote:

I'd say learn Spanish.

I'm scared of the number of dialects of Spanish oO My 2nd foreign language is French.

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AntonWinter wrote:
phantasmagoria wrote:

I'd say learn Spanish.

I'm scared of the number of dialects of Spanish oO My 2nd foreign language is French.

Mexican Spanish is in my opinion, the easiest to learn. Although I'm prone to making mistakes, I used to tutor in Spanish for kids who had trouble learning it in school and were better with one on one teaching. I can point you out to some resources you can try for free, to get the feel of what you're getting into.

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i will thank you if point out to resources ^_^

Sandandibidibida, bravissimo
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Mi lernas esperanton.

But I do it just for fun. As a way of easing the learning of other languages

BTW, Spanish is my native language

Joined: 09.04.2017

French has a lot more dialects than Spanish, but if you're familiar with French, I recommend Spanish because for me, after 7 years of French, I can read Spanish fairly well.
Personally the easiest language I've ever learned was Swedish, but that's probably because my native language is also Germanic.

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opulence wrote:

Personally the easiest language I've ever learned was Swedish

The Scandinavian languages is very beautiful and they (these languages) have logical grammar than English grammar.

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AntonWinter wrote:
opulence wrote:

Personally the easiest language I've ever learned was Swedish

The Scandinavian languages is very beautiful and they (these languages) have logical grammar than English grammar.

I wouldn't say it's more logical, but it's kind of similar to English and that made it pretty easy to learn.

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Joined: 06.02.2016

always follow your heart/gut feeling with languages. esperanto is practically useless cause it is not a "real" language, that serves as a vehicle for a conglomerate of people (nation)... but if you feel like putting your time into it go for it.

i would rather put my money on any of the other three you've mentioned doesn't matter which one.

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Joined: 14.09.2013

That's a hard to answer question, since you did not state your purpose. Are you looking for efficiency (e.g. job opportunities), capacity to communicate, ease of learning, aesthetic pleasure or something else ?

As a native I can tell you French is a quite difficult language to master, will be a good starting point to tackle other Latin languages like Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and maybe Romanian (especially if you are a native locutor of a Slavic language), probably won't open wonderful job opportunities (what with our 10%+ unemployment rate), will allow you to communicate with a few hundred million people across the globe (thanks to our arguably glorious colonial past) and has one of the richest litterature and poetry in the world.

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I'm inclined to agree with SaintMark's comment above as far as esperanto is concerned, although I did learn a bit once when I was young and idealistic and naive. It's actualy a rather silly language design, as I see it it attempts to be a compromise between the main Romance languages with a bit of deliberate disguising to try to fool non-Romance speaking into believing that it's not just another boring Romance language and enough clumsy design of grammar and syntax to make it obvious that it's not a language formed by a long evolution which would have knocked the really nasty bits off - so if an international language is needed, there are several natural languages that would be a better starting point than Esperanto (French, Spanish, English, Swahili, Arabic, ....).

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just couple days ago i stumbled across "inter-slavic". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interslavic_language these artificial languages were a nice idea but today, 50 yrs after, haven't really caught on. so if you're interested in a general area, always take down the big targets first, when you have a foundation, you can still specialize and move in different directions. the most important asset is your time. like a rubber band there are times where you learn intensively (vocabulary, verbforms), and times where you just relax watching videos, but at the end of the day, the earlier you start, the more time your brain has to "become the language".. to get solid with a language, there's no trick (believe me, i've tried them all).. you need immersion.

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Since nobobdy already mentioned it, you can add Lojban to the list :

lo mlatu cu ralte loi ci grusi citno mlatu

lo -> one thing that truly is
mlatu -> being a cat
cu -> terminate subject clause
ralte -> possess
loi -> a definite set of
ci -> three
grusi -> being grey
cinto -> being young
mlatu -> being a cat

possesses(one_instance_of(being_a_cat()), a_set_of(three(being_grey(being_young(being_a_cat())))))

the cat has three grey kittens

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