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Ciarán12 wrote:My dad just asked me (quite out of the blue) what I thought about Esperanto. I explained how it's not ever going to achieve its stated goal of facilitating global communication, nor is it particularly well-designed to do so anyway, but one possible advantage to learning Esperanto did occur to me: it's so similar to the Romance languages that knowing it might conceivably give you some passive understanding of the Romance languages. If you knew no Romance language and wanted to learn something that would allow you some passive knowledge of (and maybe even active communication ability with) the Romance languages, would Esperanto (given that it's easier to learn) be a good choice? What do you guys think?
Saim wrote:So whether it's "easy" isn't particularly relevant if you don"t have the motivation to actually go through the acquisition process, and it still takes quite a while to get to any serious level of proficiency in the language.
Ciarán12 wrote:I love that guy's channel
Dormouse559 wrote:Ciarán12 wrote:I love that guy's channel
Neat! I just found his channel today. I've never studied Portuguese, but since I watch a lot of science videos in English, I thought I'd test my Portuguese listening comprehension on familiar subject matter.
Prowler wrote:For those of you who are native speakers of less commonly spoken languages by foreigners, got any interesting or funny stories from when a foreigner unexpectedly spoke to you in your native language fluently?
Ciarán12 wrote:Prowler wrote:For those of you who are native speakers of less commonly spoken languages by foreigners, got any interesting or funny stories from when a foreigner unexpectedly spoke to you in your native language fluently?
As a native English speaker, I'm never surprised when some one speaks my native language. Quite the opposite, I'm surprised if they don't.
I get a (usually pleasantly) shocked reaction from people when I speak Portuguese. I've gotten to the point now with it where people just think I'm Brazilian until they are told otherwise. I've had a few strange reactions: once there was a woman I was speaking to for 10 minutes before my wife alluded to the fact that I was Irish, and she looked completely taken aback by that. Another time there was this couple who I overheard speaking Portuguese in a bar, so I decided to chime in, as they had mentioned Irish people and I said something about not all of us being bad (in a joking way), they were quite hostile for a while at first because they were convinced I was just lying about being Irish, that I was Brazilian and trying to con them or something. The usual reaction is just amazement followed by lots of praise, which is of course very gratifying! I've had a similar reaction in the past when I've encountered foreigners from unexpected countries who spoke Irish quite well.
Prowler wrote:I've never personally met a foreigner who spoke Portuguese unless he was an immigrant or expat. So yes, if I met someone from Ireland, Sweden, Greece, Russia, etc. who has never been to Portugal in their lives and they spoke European Portuguese fluently to me I'd be surprised. Although it's not like I could tell where they're from unless I asked them, and if it's someone asking me something quick like for directions or something, I'm not gonna ask them something like that or even think about where they might come from.
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