Esperanto as the primary global language

I know that English is already widely accepted as a global language. And I understand that English is a composite of many languages. But English has certain inherent nationalist qualities, not the least of which is it's very name. And in my opinion, those nationalistic boundaries are concepts we should not encourage as it politically divides our emerging global community.

I propose we of the GD adopt Esperanto, a language with no nationalist baggage, as our global standard. It could help create cohesion, and eventually eliminate the need for translation, within this global community.

And f.y.i. ... I only recently learned about Esperanto so I would be learning it along with you. : ) > - Peace.

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  • Dankon. Esperanto estas facila.:-)

  • YOU guys should research LOJBAN. its also a constructed language, but is much more logical and easier for people to speak. it is infact so well designed that you can program with lojban. If you are going to choose to speak a constructed universal language, you should atleast choose the most flexible, accessible and efficient one.

  • The problem with that is if are trying to create a global union we would need to have a language that is more well known and more widely accepted. Of course we would start off as a global government. We would need to start small like a independent country. In order for more people to to join our independent country we would need to have a language that is both widely accepted and well know like the English language.

  • I meant would not start off as a global government and if we are to create a global union.....

  • I tend to agree that a universal language needs to be one which starts with English. But it can be called just about anything. As more people communicate together words from other regions are absorbed into common usage. The American language is one such language which has done this well enough [enuff] but needs work to make it simpler to use for the global community. Language is always evolving and a global language would need dedicated people to constantly update and incorporate the various languages. This must be added for universal understanding of each other thus decreasing misunderstanding brought about by misinterpretation from one language to another.
    I do support a global government which is democratically elected representative body of individuals. With plenty of safeguards against those who wish to be ruling over others by extrema wealth, might, individual or corporate, and well regulated lobbyists.

  • Wowza, problem solved like it never haeepnpd.

  • As an Esperantist (speaker and promoter) i couldn't agree more. Esperanto was created to be: 1) Easy to learn and use; and 2) Everybody's SECOND language, not a homogenizing language to take over the world. Esperantists are people trying to SAVE cultures around the world, by making sure that all speakers are on a level playing field and not forced to learn a colonizing language.

    Obviously, i could go on. :) I am new here and welcome discussion. Perhaps there are other tools for that on this site?

  • There are many problems with this idea.
    1) Every language has his own words. I'm Hungarian. There are many words, many phrases in my native language which can't be translated to other languages. I think these shouldn't be sacrificed on the altar of national unity! You can object they wouldn't be sacrificed - but if Esperanto is the primary language, there will be more and more people just speaking Esperanto instead of their native language. If they don't speak it, the language won't survive, and a part of the national culture will be lost, too, not to mention that speaking foreign languages is fun.
    2) I don't think choosing Esperanto were fair. You're contradicting yourself - you don't wanna choose widely spread languages like English, but want to choose the most popular artistoc language, Esperanto. Esperanto has latin letters - Chinese or Russian would find it difficult!

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