My wife has been learning and it has made me realize that for projects to be truly open source something needs to be done about documentation and language. English has been the default for most hardware and software documentation but the areas with the fastest technology growth mostly have English as a second language. How many more aspiring engineers, developers, and activists are there that are being held back by a language barrier? Esperanto is certainly much easier to learn


My is not great but I took the time to learn a fair bit of it. Somehow learning Esperanto really helped my spelling in English. Like a lot of dyslexics spelling isn't my strong suit and I was grateful for the unexpected benefit.

@aRandomRobot Why would anyone invest time to learn language nobody uses?

@Mac_CZ Why would anyone invest time using a social media site nobody uses 😉

@Mac_CZ snark aside, I was really surprised how large the Esperanto speaking community is, particularly in China. I spend a large part of my day crafting English work instructions for and emails for Chinese elections CMs so that they mostly understand how to properly build and test product for my employer. It’s much easier for me to become fluent in Esperanto than a dialect of Mandarin. Similarly, if Mandarin is your first language it’s easier to learn Esperanto than it is to learn English

@aRandomRobot The EU would be good place to start. After Brexit, only Ireland and Malta use English as official language. My father is a keen esperantist. He recently pointed me to the EDE initiative which seeks supporters for the European elections 2019:

@aRandomRobot I considered learning Esperanto (after i further improved my french skills). Any tips how/where to get started?

@JayVii_de Duolingo is what we’ve been primarily using to learn Esperanto. If your native language is English a good book to try is “Step by step in Esperanto” by Montagu C. Butler

@aRandomRobot It definitely strikes me that it'd probably be better for all the programming languages that base their syntax on English words should've done so with Esperanto instead.

@alcinnz since grammar is very consistent and simple, I think it would lend itself well as a base for a programming language. In the same way that Python has easy syntax to read for native English speakers, a universal programming language with easy to read syntax could be created with Esperanto. Done well, the programming syntax could teach some basics about Esperanto and learning Esperanto would also teach the syntax. As far as I know, no one has taken a serious crack at this though

@alexl @alcinnz Interlingua is a very Eurocentric language by design, particularly Western European languages. This makes it more difficult for non Romance language native speakers to learn it. China and India are two of the most rapidly growing countries in the technology sector so it is an important factor. Another factor is that there are simply more resources available internationally for learning Esperanto. Mainstream apps like Duolingo has Esperanto but not Interlingua, at least not yet

@aRandomRobot @alcinnz

I think if your purpose is the greatest ease of understanding Interlingua is the way to go while if you want equality in not understanding go for Esperanto

@alexl @aRandomRobot As always the best solution is to localize it to multiple languages, because if you try to design a language that everyone you'd always get that dynamic.

I'd go for the latter, because so far English has been serving the first fairly well.

@xj9 @alcinnz @aRandomRobot

I don't think an artificial language but Interlingua can compete with English because of no vocabulary. Interlingua has a rule to include existing terms in it, I don't know the about the other ones

@aRandomRobot it's a good idea but I fear it would only make sense for people with a romance language as their first language. However for people from India, China, s.korea, Japan etc I don't still don't think it'd be extremely easy to pick up and it wouldn't serve a purpose outside of tech. I think it's great for people to learn as an entry level language to dive into other European languages though :chiyochichi:

@djabadu actually one reason Esperanto stood out to me is because it already has a century old foothold in China. There are several Esperanto newspapers and publications in China and even a radio station. A lot of Chinese literature has been translated into Esperanto as well. Japan and South Korea also have active communities. India I’m less sure of. Take a look at this:

@aRandomRobot Ah wow, that is pretty interesting. I wonder the relative time differences for Mandarin speakers (for example) to learn Esperanto over English. I know far too well how ridiculous English is for many things (the spelling being the main crazy thing).

@aRandomRobot definitely you should have a look at, it’s a free and Esperanto community driven learning platform.

@aRandomRobot Have they fixed the misogyny in the EO community yet? No? Get back with me then.

@maverynthia Hi, I’m 12 (lessons into Esperanto on Duolingo) and what is this? Can you elaborate?

@maverynthia you say this like it’s from experience and I’d like to know what those experiences are

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