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  1. Dear Orbaleno Thanks a lot for your reply – and for replying in Esperanto. I got the main idea, and Google Translate helped me to understand the parts I didn’t get. I think you’re absolutely right: everything can be part of one’s identity – even a beard, as you say. The books one has read are probably more important to define one’s identity, but you made your point! I particularly liked your view of identity as a ‘complete description’. Frank
  2. Hi Steve Good point: not everyone speaks English - not even in the Netherlands, even though many people (including the Dutch themselves) think all Dutch do. "Speak Dutch or die" may be a bit of an exaggeration, but I get your point. I was surprised to hear it is possible to communicate in Esperanto after only a week's practice. I guess it helps a lot if you speak some other languages - I don't think a monolingual person could manage. Best wishes Frank
  3. Hi Mikeo Thanks a lot for your comments. I think you made a good point about English being the de facto language of science while at the same time it may be difficult to understand some of the stuff which is being written in English. As you pointed out, the cultural and historical baggage associated with English could even dissuade some people from using it. The question remains, of course, whether Esperanto can fill this gap. Frank
  4. Thanks a lot, Sammy. Frank
  5. Hi Thomas Thanks a lot for your reply. I particularly liked your idea of Esperanto as something you do rather han something you are. Best wishes Frank
  6. Saluton I think you're right: English is not a truly international language either. On the other hand, it's far more convenient for most people to use English rather than Esperanto (even for you, I guess...). I was just wondering why people would learn Esperanto in today's world... (is curiosity the only reason?). There are two additional issues I'd like to discuss: 1 What do you think is unique about Esperanto when compared to other languages? 2 Do you consider Esperanto as part of your identity? (In what sense) Best wishes Frank
  7. Bonan matenon As a linguist I’d like to know more about Esperanto. Currently I am writing a book on languages in the world. For my research, I ask ‘real’ speakers of a particular language about their attitudes and opinions. This is why I joined this forum. Unfortunately I don’t speak any Esperanto myself. These are the questions I’d like to discuss with you: 1. What is your first language? (i.e. ‘native’ language, mother tongue - if it is a language other than Esperanto) 2. What other languages do you speak? 3. When did you learn Esperanto? 4. Why did you learn Esperanto? (this can be any reason) 5. When do you use Esperanto? (e.g. in everyday situations, or on special occasions only?) 6. How fluent are you in Esperanto? (as fluent as in your first language?) 7. What role can Esperanto play in today’s world? (e.g. as an international language, or as a 'neutral' language) 8. What do you think of the claim that the only real international language is English, instead of Esperanto? I’m looking forward to your replies. Bondezirojn Frank Frank van Splunder PhD Linguapolis / University of Antwerp
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