My wife has been learning #Esperanto 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
@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 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 cool, thank you!
@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 #Esperanto 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
@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: http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1057976.shtml
@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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