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31. Posted by Abbytaxis (Full Member 137 posts) 11y

magykal1

24th Jul 05, 07:07

There's always Esperanto....

Does anybody still speak it?

The Oomoto religion, also known as "Omoto-kyo", literally means foundation, an offshoot of Japanese religion Shinto encourages the use of Esperanto among their followers. Other religion such as the the Bahá'í Faith also uses Esperanto.

Esperanto was a recently constructed language,developed in the late 1870s and early 1880s by Dr. Lazar Zamenhof, a Russian-Jewish ophthalmologist, philologist . After some ten years of development, which Zamenhof spent translating literature into the language as well as writing original prose and verse, the first Esperanto grammar was published in Warsaw in July 1887. It was in 1905 that the first world congress of Esperanto speakers was held in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France. Today, the largest Esperanto speaking group is the World Esperanto Association, with an official consultative relationship with the United Nations and UNESCO.

32. Posted by vin0d (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

Well I am an Indian and in our country we have some 22 languages and over 2300 dialects. For me the easiest one to learn is Hindi. I dont know how many here know of this language but according to numbers Chinese is the most spoken language of world and after that Spanish, English and Hindi hold a disputed second spot i.e. all surveys interchange their ranks..with approx 56 million speaking these languages. I say Hindi is eaiser cuz in this language u speak what u write. There is nothing like silent syllables and neither we pronounce the vowels diff. in diff. circumstances. there are around 56 alphabets with 12 vowels which covers almost all the sounds unlike Chinese and English which miss certain syllables from this language..

33. Posted by plebble (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

I'm from Wales, UK and I'm fluent in Welsh and English (most people don't know that Wales is a country (i.e. George Bush who thinks it's in a state in the UK) nor that we have a language of our own that's older than English) and I also study French and Spanish in school, and I'm tryin to learn italian. I would say that spanish is far easier than french, because there are less words in the senteces. Also, for me italian is proving difficult as it is so similar to spanish.

Welsh, on the other hand, is just as difficult as english for foreigners in my opinion, I've tried helping people with welsh, but the lentition (i think it's that - or mutations (treigladau in welsh)) are awkward, i.e. 'yn' (which means, is/am, in) + 'caled' (hard) changes to - 'yn galed' (is hard), but to say in cardiff (Caerdydd in welsh) it's
yng Nghaerdydd, yn + Bangor = ym Mangor.

the 'll' sound also causes problems, and the gender of nouns. Also, like in German, there are many ways of making plurals - ffenest (window) = ffenestri (windows), alaf (apple) afalau = apples, cannwyll (candle) canhwyllau (candles), ffon (stick), ffyn (sticks).....

34. Posted by Krino (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Ok, here is the deal between spanish and english.

Spanish appears to be VERY easy at first, prolly because of its phonetics. "A" is "A" no matter what, not like in english when every vocal has like 2-3 pronounciations. That makes a nice start for spanish, but trust me, once u get into it, and pass the basic "yes-no, amigo, por favor" vocabulary, its 10 times harder than english. It has 5 times more verbal tences. Trust me, i come from a spanish speaking country and i am still used to listen to people using incorrect tences all day.

Other than that, spanish has a much more extensive vocabulary than english. I've read somewhere that in terms of vocabulary, spanish was the most extensive language. I'll try to find a source for that

My experience with French was deeply undermined when i found out that, lets say, the number 84, was pronounced

(4*20)+4

I like maths (yeah, im weird i guess), but come on, making a language like that is just plain dumb. Simplicity is key.

35. Posted by noemagosa (Full Member 355 posts) 10y

Quoting Krino

My experience with French was deeply undermined when i found out that, lets say, the number 84, was pronounced

(4*20)+4

I like maths (yeah, im weird i guess), but come on, making a language like that is just plain dumb. Simplicity is key.

Well, just to destroy your example ;), if you go to Swizerland the people who speak French will say "octante" which would be the equivalent of eighty, or "quatre-vingt".

But yeah, I do agree with you: French is far from being the easiest language to learn...

36. Posted by islatiger (Budding Member 8 posts) 10y

Doesnt it all depend on how old you are? I started learning French when I was 8, and find it really easy. I learnt German from teh age off 11, no problem, Spanish and Italian at the age of 17, not bad, and Russian at the age of 18, problematic. Now I'm in China, and find it so hard to retain any new words. But my French is still there...

37. Posted by Caroline25 (Full Member 27 posts) 10y

It seems to me that Spanish is a pretty easy language to learn if you are a native English speaker...or vise-versa. There are a lot of cognates (words that sound similar) in both languages.

38. Posted by Miss.Soul (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

I would think sign language would be among the easier ones. I picked up what I learned as a kid up remarkably quickly.

39. Posted by cikusang (Respected Member 1361 posts) 10y

Other than that, spanish has a much more extensive vocabulary than english. I've read somewhere that in terms of vocabulary, spanish was the most extensive language. I'll try to find a source for that

Mariano, English has the richest vocabs in the contemporary world (plus all the words influenced from other languages) and Germany the second. I read that once from one of the resource in newspaper and didn't keep that...will look for it later...

40. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

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