? asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 10 years ago

Why is Esperanto so easy to learn and would it be a gateway to learning more languages?

I was wondering why Esperanto is considered so easy to learn and is considered the 'Internation Language', I mean you hear so little about it, but it's very simalure to English and was created in the 1800's. I was also wondering if it could be a useful gateway to other languages (preferrably Germanic/Romance) I have heard many good things about this language but want to make sure before I try it myself. I speak German and am making an attempt to learn Portuguese, and wanted to know if I should try this first if it is more simple as a 'gateway language' if you will to help me learn Portuguese (Brazil). And yes, incase you didn't notice, English is my native tongue.

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  • 10 years ago
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    >Why is Esperanto so easy to learn

    A couple of people already answered this. But as simple of

    the basis of Esperanto are, reading a good book in Esperanto

    is as good as reading it in any other language, including

    English ... some times with more details, more nuances, and

    better comprehension.

    >and would it be a gateway to learning more languages?

    There are several reasons for this.

    The structure of Esperanto makes grammar easy to

    understand. After learning some Esperanto you will better

    understand the English grammar, and the grammar of any

    other language you try to learn.

    You also learn about the making of words, what helps to

    acquire vocabulary. Esperanto takes good advantage of the

    use of prefixes and suffixes, but all languages have them.

    Then, after a few hours (less than 20) of studying Esperanto,

    you will be capable of contacting Esperanto speakers from

    other countries, who will be very happy to help you practice

    what you had learned. If you contact several countries, with

    different languages ... these Esperanto speakers can help

    you chose your next language. And whatever language you

    chose, the Esperanto speakers that also speak that language,

    would be happy to help you with their own language.

    Some of them will invite you to stay at their houses.

    >I was wondering why Esperanto is considered so easy to


    Maybe because the basic course can be completed in less

    than 20 hours. But you must study during those hours.

    Some concepts wouldn't look so easy to grasp. With

    practice you will understand those concepts.

    >and is considered the 'Internation Language',

    This is opinion ...

    >I mean you hear so little about it,

    Yes ... but not less than you hear about the other 6000

    "natural" languages. How many of those 6000 can you


    >but it's very simalure to English

    Not so similar. All languages are different. Even languages

    like Spanish and Portuguese, that look so similar, aren't

    mutually understood by their speakers.

    For me, learning English took half a life. I started to speak

    Esperanto in a couple of months ... even if not fluently at

    the beginning.

    >and was created in the 1800's.

    It was published in July 1887 ... 123 years ago.

    >want to make sure before I try it myself.

    This is not so easy. Most people that speak and use

    Esperanto regularly, like I do, will tell you that you must

    learn Esperanto.

    But there are people, like Alecs Henry, who likes to brag

    about the fact that he knows nothing about Esperanto,

    by saying that "esperanto is pointless."

    Unfortunately, the people that have not experimented

    Esperanto are more than people like me, that at least once

    was in a room with 3000 Esperanto speakers from 75

    countries speaking Esperanto with complete understanding

    and no translators,

    >wanted to know if I should try this first if it is more simple

    >as a 'gateway language' if you will to help me learn

    >Portuguese (Brazil).

    Of course you have to try Esperanto. It will take less time

    to learn Esperanto and Brazilian Portuguese, that just to

    learn Portuguese. And then ... in Brazil you will find

    thousands of Esperanto speakers willing to help you

    learn their language. I am sure that many of them will invite

    you to stay at their houses.

    And, my dear Alecs Henry, please read the previous paragraph.

    Both of you ... have very good luck, learning Esperanto and



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  • delma
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Is Esperanto Easy To Learn

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  • 10 years ago

    It is easy to learn because its rules are consistent and has virtually no exceptions or variations like "irregular verbs". The structure of the sentences is very basic and simple aditions to a single sustantive can turn into several different words.

    This way, a single word can mean big, huge, giant, small, tiny and microscopic just by changing two letters.

    It may help you with other languages because it combines various major languages, including latin that is the base for all romance languages (italian, spanish, portuguese, french, catalan, etc.).

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  • Bridge
    Lv 7
    10 years ago

    Esperanto is easy to learn because it is so regular, it never deviates from the grammar rules. All natural languages have deviations. Esperanto never really caught on all that well, so I do not think it is very useful. Spanish is the best language to learn for Anglo speakers who don't wnat to put up with a whole bunch of irregularites; it's one of the easiest, but still quite a bit harder than Esperanto. But it is so much more useful!

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  • 4 years ago

    English is a culmination of many languages- a West Germanic language that developed from Old English, so German may be a good choice for you. Some of the English words also came from Norman French, Latin, and Greek. Because we have some Latin-based language influences in English, learning a Latin-based language like Spanish, French, or Italian can be easier as well. I think it would be harder to learn another language that didn't use the same form of written language like English, French, German, etc. speakers use. I imagine that it would be difficult to learn a language like Arabic. Also, learning a language like Chinese (one of the many dialects)- where intonation is so important would be hard.

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  • 10 years ago

    Esperanto is easy to learn for several reasons:

    * Simple grammar - rules are quick and easy to learn, and there are relatively few of them.

    * Completely regular grammar - you learn a rule once, and you always use it the same way.

    * Flexible grammar - although simple and regular, it offers multiple ways to say the same thing, allowing you to choose the way that makes the most sense to you or is easiest to remember.

    * Almost idiom-free lexicon - almost no special context-dependent exceptional meanings of words to memorize; you learn a word's definition once, then you can confidently use it as you learned it.

    * Low polysemy - each word has relatively few meanings, making them easier to memorize and manage.

    * Universal applicability - grammar rules and words can be used everywhere, with no "yeah, it's grammatically (or otherwise) correct, but nobody says it that way" - if it follows the few simple rules, it's correct.

    * Free word formation by almost unlimited combination of word roots - you can create words on the fly from the simple building blocks.

    * Tendency to maximum internationality in choice of words - words tend to be relatively easy to recognize.

    Put those together, and you get a language that is much easier to learn and use than ethnic languages.

    Esperanto is considered the "International Language" (and is actually called that sometimes in Esperanto [actually, "la lingvo internacia" :-)]) for the following reasons:

    * Intent - it was created for use as a common second language to ease communications between people of different mother tongues.

    * Design - it was created to be relatively easy to learn for everyone.

    * Usage - it is actually used today around the world, even if not that many people speak it in each place (it has about 2,000,000 or so speakers and growing, with a comparatively strong presence on the Internet).

    As for Esperanto being a gateway language, read this blog entry and subsequent passionate discussion hosted by Benny the Irish Polyglot, who speaks Esperanto and a few other languages, and recommends Esperanto as an aid to learning other langauges (as do I):


    About 80% of the vocabulary is drawn from Latin languages (French foremost), so in addition to the above, learning Esperanto vocabulary will help with vocabulary acquisition in Latin languages.

    Just a word of caution about its ease of learning. As easy as it may be, it is not infinitely easier than other languages, only several times easier. It is a complete language and as such requires considerable time and effort, just not as much as other languages - hundreds of hours to achieve mastery, as opposed to thousands of hours for ethnic languages.

    If you don't already know where to find good learning material, try the following:

    * http://www.lernu.net offers a number of free self-study courses of varying levels

    * http://www.ikurso.net has a free downloadable multimedia beginner's course

    Plej bonan ŝancon lernonte esperanton!

    (Best of luck learning Esperanto!)

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  • 4 years ago

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    Lv 4
    3 years ago


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  • 10 years ago

    I am learning portuguese because my gf is brasilian. esperanto is pointless.

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