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bdbdb wrote

Generally the vocabulary is based upon European dialects, but the grammar and syntax has a more global scale. Even if one was to classify esperanto as Eurocentric it would only ever be very slightly so.

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bdbdb wrote

Like others said, Zamenhoff was a product of his time. His immediate goal with Esperanto was to rectify the language barriers that existed in the region now known as Vicegrad4. Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Slovakia. This is, again, from memory so it may not be perfectly recalled.

Esperanto is fun, too. Plus there's a website where other Esperantistoj will let you stay with them for free while traveling.

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libereco wrote

There's too much variety in human languages to try and make one language for all. Learning multiple languages is probably a more useful idea.

What if we had easy languages for all the biggest language families? That way most people would probably be able to learn more than one of such languages and international communication would be much easier (fulfilling Esperanto's goal).

Not only that, it would make it easier for example Europeans to learn natural Asian languages by first learning this Asian version of Esperanto. I heard that learning esperanto makes you learn other languages (at least European) way faster so I don't see any reason this couldn't be true.

Of course the complexity of creating such languages well and making them popular enough probably makes this almost impossible :/.

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jadedctrl wrote (edited )

Esperanto is a nice idea, but it's biggest failing is that it is based on European languages. It's linguistic imperialism at it's best :)

Yea, that's a pretty valid point-- but at this point, it's the best option we have for an international aux language. It already has a pretty large following, and splitting from it would further put a stake in the idea of a conlang being a prominent auxlang. (Not that it isn't already dead, but there's no need to kick the horse any further.)