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I hope that the "European Day of Languages" will encourage many people to learn a new language. Especially in the United Kingdom where the interest in learning language seems to be declining. The Council of Europe already uses Esperanto to promote EDL at http://edl.ecml.at/Abouttheday/PDFs/tabid/1860/language/en-GB/language/en-GB/Default.aspx However your readers may not know that this planned language also has great propaedeutic values. See http://www.experiencefestival.com/forum/Video-Collection/Propaedeutic%20Value%20Of%20Esperanto/Page_1 Esperanto is a living language - see http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8837438938991452670 The new online course http://www.lernu.net has 125 000 hits per day and Esperanto Wikipedia enjoys 400 000 hits per day. That can't be bad :)
Globish reminds me of another failed project called "Basic English" which failed, because native English speakers could not remember which words not to use :) So it's time to move forward and adopt a neutral non-national language, taught universally in schools worldwide,in all nations. As a native English speaker, I would prefer Esperanto. Your readers may be interested in the following video at http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=_YHALnLV9XU Professor Piron was a translator with the United Nations in Geneva. No future for Esperanto? Rubbish! The study course http://www.lernu.net is now receiving 125,000 hits per month and Esperanto Wikipedia gets 400 000 hits per day. That can't be bad :)
I agree with the comment by Bill Chapman. Esperanto is indeed alive and well. In fact many people do not realise how popular, as a living language, Esperanto is. The new study course http://www.lernu.net is now receiving 123,000 hits per month. That can't be bad :)
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I think you may be underestimating the campaign for Esperanto within the European Union. Support will grow as officials realise that the "language imperialism" of English is not only unethical, but undemocratic. You can see this here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp5IF41b8zs&feature=related
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With regard to the campaign to save endangered and dying languages, can I point to the contribution, made by the World Esperanto Association, to UNESCO's campaign. The commitment was made, by the World Esperanto Association at the United Nations' Geneva HQ in September. http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=eR7vD9kChBA&feature=related Your readers may be interested in http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=_YHALnLV9XU Professor Piron was a translator with the United Nations in Geneva. Please also see http://www.lernu.net
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Globish reminds me of another project called "Basic English" Unfortunately this failed, because native English speakers could not remember which words not to use :) So it's time to move forward and adopt a neutral non-national language, taught universally in schools worldwide,in all nations. As a native English speaker, I would prefer Esperanto Your readers may be interested in the following video at http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=_YHALnLV9XU Professor Piron was a translator with the United Nations in Geneva. A glimpse of Esperanto can be seen at http://www.lernu.net
Toggle Commented May 25, 2010 on Globish at Catherine Mintz
I like neither Na'vi nor Klingon, as the future global language. Especially when you have to dress up for it :) We also need a future international language. One which is easy to learn, as well ! And that's not English! Esperanto? Let's move forward :) At least Bill Shatner speaks Esperanto. Have a look at http://eurotalk.com/en/store/learn/esperanto or http://www.lernu.net
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As far as learning another language, is concerned, can I put in a word for the global language, Esperanto? Although Esperanto is a living language, it helps language learning as well :) Please have a look at http://eurotalk.com/en/store/learn/esperanto or http://lernu.net
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