QuestionIf one of Lojban, Loglan or Esperanto was unanimously chosen as the worldwide language, would you make the effort to learn it?
      – BorgClown, 2008-12-13 at 23:39:49   (12 comments)

On 2008-12-13 at 23:41:29, BorgClown wrote...
Save the "xxx should be the standard" comments, it has to be an artificial language for it to be truly neutral.
On 2008-12-13 at 23:45:49, George wrote...
I'd like to think that I would, but in reality, I'd probably only learn it if I had to. Though if everybody in the world started learning whichever one of those three was chosen, I think I would make the effort to learn it, so then I'd be able to speak to anybody in either English or that language.
On 2008-12-13 at 23:46:23, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I might have a stab at it, but in reality I don't have any ability to learn a new language - even if the motivation is there (which is kind of a contradiction, since the difficulty takes away any motivation). I do think that if you're going to have a standard language it needs to be taught as early as possible - learning 2 languages is generally easier if done from the beginning.
On 2008-12-13 at 23:47:47, BorgClown wrote...
It will simplify communication, as everyone would need to learn only one additional language to be able to talk to anyone else. Esperanto is weird, but Logban and Lojlan are very simple, logical and straightforward languges.
On 2008-12-13 at 23:48:49, BorgClown wrote...
*it would - BTW, I've resumed hunt-and-peck. It's annoying to answer so slow such interesting topics.
On 2009-01-12 at 20:38:37, Thelevellers wrote...
I have never heard of Logban or Lojlan! But I think I would try and make the effort, but if I couldn't find people already fluent to talk to and practice with I'd probably give up fairly soon... Teaching new languages is definitely a must from a young age - I was freaked out a little in Norway, as there mere a lot of Norwegian kids (6-10) who were better at English than I was at Norwegian in my first year. It's weird as hell. And all the people in the French classes at school had had less teaching of it, but were much better than me!
On 2009-01-12 at 21:47:34, Baslisks wrote...
I'm really tempted to just start learning a bunch of languages. Russian and German seem the most interesting but I also wouldn't mind Swedish.
On 2009-01-13 at 18:06:54, Thelevellers wrote...
Screw Swedish! Learn Norwegian... It's much the same, but the accent is better - I think it's best described as (quoting someone else here) Swedish sounds like speaking Norwegian while trying to swallow a potato, and Danish sounds like trying to cough it back up! All three are very similar, and learning any one gives you a fairly good understanding of the others :) Learning a language is fun, if you have the will power or need to do it, having a second (or third) language is really cool, you can swear at people without their knowledge! Especially with Norwegian as most of their swear words sound a bit tame... Take a look at this legend :) http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=AkJf0md1kG8
On 2009-01-13 at 18:11:48, Baslisks wrote...
Russian and Norwegian then? I have taken an interest in my family culture so might as well through in Gaelic.
On 2009-01-13 at 18:28:01, Thelevellers wrote...
Damn, that's a list of awesome languages to speak... You're tempting me now! Maybe I'll go live in Russia for a bit once I'm done with my apprenticeship... I know at least three girls who would sleep with me purely based on being able to speak Russian, so it's a winner in that respect! (actually that's a lie, they would sleep with me if I wasn't already their friend/ex! lol)
On 2009-01-13 at 19:59:51, Baslisks wrote...
@Thelevellers: Yeah, well I've been thinking a lot about the idea of thought being contained merely by speech. Need to get out of that I think.
On 2009-01-14 at 20:37:53, Thelevellers wrote...
Not quite sure what you mean there?!