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[EN/EO] Why should I learn Esperanto? | Kial mi lernu Esperanton?


[ENGLISH] In theory, I think that it's non-controversial to say that learning another language is a worthwhile and rewarding endeavor. However, in practice I've found that plenty of people like to tell me otherwise when I tell them that I'm learning Esperanto.

These naysayers give me lots of reasons why I should be learning any other language than Esperanto, but the funniest thing is that they said exactly the same when I was interested in learning Russian, Latin, or even Arabic.

And you know, the whole thing reminds me of an old episode of Star Trek: Deep Space 9 in which the workers in a bar want to form a union and stand up to their abusive boss. One of the workers refuses to join the union, and after a colleague asks why, he says, "I don't want to end the cycle of exploitation, I want to perpetuate it so that I can become the exploiter."

For me, Esperanto is the equivalent of participating in a worldwide union in support of peaceful communication between nations and fair treatment of all people. For me, Esperanto is a way to directly participate in the kind of world I want to see.

Critics sometimes dismiss Esperanto saying, "I'll learn Esperanto when everybody is learning Esperanto," which is their right -- after all, nobody should be forced into the language -- but I am not content to wait for the appearance of my preferred world. I see the world in which I want to live, and I am already living in it no matter how many other people are ready to join me.

[ESPERANTO] Teorie, mi opinias ke estas nedisputige diri ke lerni alian lingvon estas inda kaj gajniga afero. Tamen, reale mi trovas ke multaj homoj emas diri alie aŭdinte ke mi lernas Esperanton.  

Ĉi tiaj neantoj prezentas multajn kialojn pri kial mi lernu ajnan alian lingvon ol Esperanton, sed la plej ridiga afero estas ke ili respondas tutsame kiam mi diras ke interesas min lerni la rusan, latinan, aŭ eĉ la araban.

Kaj vi sciu, la tuta afero memorigas min pri epizodo en la malnova spektaklo Star Trek: Fora Kosmo 9 en kiu la laborantoj de trinkejo volas starigi sindikaton por rezisti fitrakteman estron. Iu el la laborantoj rifuzas aniĝi al la sindikato, kaj post kiam kolego demandas la kialon, li klarigas, "Mi ne volas ĉesigi la ciklon de ekspluatado, mi volas daŭrigi ĝin por ke mi fariĝu la ekspluatanto."

Por mi, Esperanto estas la ekvivalento de partoprenado en tutmonda ligo subtenanta pacan komnunikadon inter nacioj kaj justan traktadon de ĉiuj homoj. Por mi, Esperanto estas metodo por rekte partopreni tian mondon, kian mi esperas vidi.

Neantoj foje nuligas Esperanton dirante, "Mi lernos Esperanton kiam ĉiuj lernos Esperanton," kio estas ilia rajto -- super ĉio, neniu estu perfortita en la lingvon -- sed mi ne kontente atendos la aperiĝon de la preferata mondo. Mi vidas la mondon en kiu mi volas loĝi, kaj mi jam loĝas en ĝi negrave kiom da aliaj homoj estas pretaj aniĝi.

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  1. Esperanto is not a language. It is just a model of certain superficious aspects of a language. Learning real languages give you certain benefits and expands your worldview, but Esperanto is just a jejune playing at pasigraphy. Those activities simply are incomparable.

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    1. I know of several native speakers of Esperanto who would vehemently disagree with you on that matter.

      Maybe you don't know about the translations of the Old and New Testaments, the Koran, or the literature of the religious movement Oomoto entirely in Esperanto. Maybe you don't know about the translations of Shakespeare, Goethe, Pushkin, and more in Esperanto. Maybe you don't know about the enormous body of original literature only ever written in Esperanto.

      Maybe you don't know about the language's history with the League of Nations, United Nations, and UNESCO, or that at one time it was seriously considered by the Chinese as a replacement for the Chinese language.

      But that would require actual research. Please do some next time.

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