Esperanto: Like a Native


Esperanto is the most widely spoken contructed language in the world. Originally designed for international communication, but now there are also native speakers. What is life like as a native Esperanto speaker? Esperanto: Like a Native Who are you? Hi, I am Stela. And I am 27. I now live in Brussels, and work for the European Parliament. I am originally Hungarian-French. My name is Leo Sakaguchi. I am a student in the technical university in Darmstadt. My father is Japanese, my mother is Polish, and I was born and raised in Germany. I am Douglas Oliveira Biscotto. I am 14. And… I am Brazilian. I am Lívia Oliveira Biscotto. I am his sister. We are in Rio de Janeiro. We came for the Brazilian Esperanto Congress. Hi! I am Gunnar Fischer. I live in Münster, Germany. Hi! Mi name is Klára, I am 19. I am French-Hungarian, and was born in the Netherlands. Why did your parents teach you Esperanto? Because my parents met through Esperanto and they always spoke Esperanto together and I heard it from Esperanto friends, etc. So, I heard the language around me and learned that way. My mother is Hungarian, my father French. They met at an Esperanto meeting, in an Esperanto congress. And they thought… “First Esperanto, and later I will have the time to learn my other languages too.” We felt more comfortable with the language, with Esperanto and it would later be easier for us when we study other languages. My father learned Esperanto a few years before I was born and he decided to raise me bilingually and he spoke Esperanto, only Esperanto, with me for the first 12 years of my life. And we had many international guests and we often went on vacation in “Esperantoland.” How do people react when they learn that you speak Esperanto? They hear that only when we speak directly about Esperanto, because my main language is French. So, I think the first reaction is surprise, because they can’t imagine that a person could know this strange language natively. A language, which someone invented, how is it possible that children exist who learned it from birth? But generally the reaction is positive: “Ah, really?” So, they are interested. The first question often was “What is it?” They’re interested why, and, of course, they want to hear me say a few sentences or words in Esperanto. Because we speak two languages we only get praise, and are not badly treated. At Lufthansa, a German airline company, in the engineering department, I had the qualification interview. The person asked me: “In your papers, it says that you’re a native Esperanto speaker, how can that be?” And that person was really impressed by the fact that I am a native Esperanto speaker, and I think because of that, I also had an advantage. But I met many people, for which the idea of Esperanto as a native language was foreign and unacceptable, and they wanted to argue with me, that Esperanto cannot be my native language. How has bilingualism helped you? You can use it in a store speaking to your parents saying that you don’t like something, because… So, when my parents spoke to me in Esperanto, I never answered in Esperanto, in fact. So, if I really used Esperanto, that meant that I wanted to say something, which I certainly didn’t want others to understand. So, I speak 4 natively and later I learned 2 in school, so I already speak 6 languages at my age, just because I learned many from birth. So, if you know many languages natively, you also quickly learn new languages, and have practical advantages, for example, I can buy a train ticket in England, Germany, Austria, France, the Netherlands… without any problem, because I speak the language. So, with two native languages I can learn other languages more easily. And one time I was invited on TV because I natively speak Esperanto, and I was very proud of that. And it’s also easier to make friends, I have many friends and I think that one of the reasons is that I can speak their native language directly. If I speak Dutch to a Dutchman, German to a German, it is easier for them to trust me and become friends with me. Generally I’m very happy to be a native and I also am happy to meet and chat with other natives… Well, thank you for listening and until next time! Esperanto: like a native

100 thoughts on “Esperanto: Like a Native

  1. Sounds like made up bullshit to me. Dont waste your time learning this artificial language its dead and for good reasons

  2. I personally believe that Esperanto could be the logic solution for an official EU language. I wouldnt say for the world, because Esperanto is clearly euro-centered (and of course is not a critic). I wish I could meet the Japanese-German guy from Darmstadt, cause I live near Frankfurt, and I would like to join or to host a club of Esperantists, and start to spread again enthusiasm for this noble and intelligent solution. I have to study myself, but they say that I need German (I m Italian), so, ok, lets smash my brain over an other very difficult language.. I think we can be smarter, I mean..
    If someone have some hints or advises about this, my mail is [email protected]
    Go Esperanto!

  3. I decided today that I will try to learn this language. I hope I will follow through because this language has a cool history and sounds really cool.

  4. I've been learning Esperanto recently on duolingo and I can form basic sentences like, uhhh…
    Saluton! Mi paroli Esperanton kaj anglan. (did I get that right??? idk)

  5. An interesting language, but if you notice these speakers are very familiar with either speaking multiple languages or at least European/Romantic languages. I doubt a system like this would every be adopted in Asia. The pronunciation of Esperanto's multi-syllabic words would just been too strange for Mandarin Speakers for example (a language that is already considered one of the lingua franca of Asia)

  6. I travel around Asia and I noticed there are not much natives who understand English, well, except Thailand. But hotel stuff are always have enough proficiency to be able to understand whatever I told them. What are the chances anybody understand me if I speak Esperanto? Zero. It's no brainer Esperanto is not a second language and not even a third language. It's a language for people who don't care about practicality and this is funny… because the only way to make this language practical is to persuade millions of people to do impractical thing. It requires a huge force which is absent for today. I don't like English because it's a complete mess but I learned it because it's worth it. The second worth language is Chinese for the Easterns and Spanish for the Westerns.

  7. Mi nomo estas Robert kaj mi lernas Esperanton, portugalan kaj francan. Mi parolas Anglan kaj Hispanoj. Hopefully thats correct.

  8. It’s literally a mix of every major European language, mostly Latin based. I assume the idea behind it is that it is supposed to be a language that is easy to slip into for anyone who’s grown up speaking a Latin based or European language. Which is awesome! Even for myself, I learned French in high school and took German courses in collage, it’s easy to pick up on just with what little practical
    Knowledge I have of other languages. My question is though, as a native English speaker from the US, should I bother wasting my time learning this language, is it mostly a functional novelty? How many people across Europe truly know and speak this language? If I find myself in any European country today aren’t I better off defaulting to English in an emergency? Why would I want to learn something that only .0002857% of the world knows.

  9. I learned (taught myself with duolingo and Telegram/ Telegramo) the summer before learning french so sometimes when practicing either language I end up doing “Francperanto”. Example of me during French I. And I pretty much use la for everything instead of le or les and skip out on indefinite articles in french if I’m tored that day. I don’t have the accents for Esperanto so.
    Salut! Je shatas la livre! Vous volas ce livre? Estas trés bona. Mais j’aime mieux via livre. Puis-je legi via livre?

    Wonder if anyone comprehends this.

  10. It seems very strange and scary to me and I don't understand it, so I want it to stop, right now!!!!!!!!!

  11. En Esperanto pronomoj povas esti konfuzaj, ekz. MI – NI, NI – LI. Ili sonas simile.
    Novaj pronomoj ĉiam havas almenaŭ 2 literoj diversaj en ajna paro!
    Ili estas belsonaj kaj ne enhavas siblantojn Ŝ kaj Ĝ.

    Personaj:
    mi – mi // я
    vi – vu // вы

    li – il // он
    ŝi – ela // она
    ĝi – to // оно
    —-
    ni – nos // мы
    vi (pl.) – vil // вы
    ili – ilos // они
    —-

    Posedaj:
    mia – mej // мой
    via – vas // ваш

    lia – lon // его
    ŝia – fa // её
    ĝia – tes // его/её
    —-
    nia – nase // наш
    via (pl.) – viles // ваш
    ilia – lori // их
    —-

    Persona – poseda:
    mi – mej
    vu – vas

    il – lon
    ela – fa
    to – tes
    —-
    nos – nase
    vil – viles
    ilos – lori
    —-

    Novaj pronomoj. Pli belaj!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fw3NX1iwRKc
    Sendu ligilon al la amiko.

  12. Native Esperanto speakers is a bad idea. Native speakers naturally change their own language over time, and creating groups in different regions will eventually lead to different dialects and new languages forming, both of these things create divisions within the language community, which is exactly the opposite objective of Esperanto. It will also create different hierarchies of Esperanto, between natives and non-natives, again something at odds with the aims of Esperanto. Non-native speakers will also be learning a different variety than the one that native speakers eventually develop, creating extra difficulty in learning the language, another thing contrary to Esperanto's goals.

  13. They all seem to have retained the accent of their parents native languages / region, which is interesting.

  14. I speak English, took 4 years of Spanish in school. It KINDA sounds like spanish, but with a different in accents.

  15. La verdad está bien feo, prefiero mi español, con sus infinitas configuraciones para hablar en diminutivo bien facilillo, o bien perrón en aumentativo, con miles de insultos vergas (Buscar: "Dross insultando en YouTube") y el romance y toque pícaro en sus palabras, lo divertido y todo lo que puedan imaginar. Pero después de todo el esperanto no es interesante, solo es "fácil" o "internacional".

  16. I'm Italian and when I first heard about Esperanto as an artificial language, I started wondering how it sounds and now I would like to learn!

  17. Now imagine…. Esperanto dialects.
    (Never mind that with me, that leads to imagining one with "areal synonyms" eerily similar to Proto-Celtic noun, adjective & verb stems.)
    #TheDeadAreAlive

  18. mi estas , mi estas .. cxu nexistas alia formon por prezenti .. ? pli comgorta pri e-o lingvo ? kio estas tio , mi sentas min komforte sur mia lito, segxo . sed ne pri lingvo .. mi parolas 8 lingvoj sed me nesentas min pli komforte .. ol mia ripoz lito

  19. "… Most widely spoken CONSTRUCTED language in the world. Which amount wise means NOTHING ….Unfortunately hardly ANYONE speaks it…"Constructed" means it is one of the very few "made up" languages so of those tiny few more people speak it than the other ones made up. Know how many people speak it? Two million …IN THE WHOLE WORLD! …Out of like 7000 million (7 billion)…out of 7000 million only TWO of those 7000 millions claim to speak Esperanto….Like a one in 3000 chance you would EVER run into person or persons that even speak it! ) get me wrong it is a GREAT idea~ A FANTASTIC idea! Just teach it to all school children everywhere in the world and viola! Several ; generations later the whole world will be filled with folks that ALL speak the same language! ….But this Esperanto , why is it so obscure? Was it a lame effort not enough time and thought went into it? If you ask me I think an new international language should be engineered by a team of language experts in such a way as to truly be a superior language with consistent rules that always make sense, by design the easiest language to be taught and learned and the basic names for everything could be adopted by existing languages according to percentage of people in the world that speak them. So maybe every seventh word is borrowed from English, and maybe every seventh word from Mandarin…so many from Spanish, So many from French, German, Japanese etc etc according to how many speak each… MANY of the new language students would have a leg up in already recognizing many of the words! Speakers of more obscure, especially more unique languages might only recognize a very few words initially. Could get rid of all the HOMONYMS Homophones which would also help make voice to text and programs become foolproof finally! …How do we get everyone on board with this? ….But wait I KNOW People will swear it is some evil group's plot to take over the world or some crap….Cant have everyone talking to one another, that would be terrible….RIGHT

  20. I love their accents. It would be so useful if people who worked in hospitality and ticket sales took a day or two to do a course in Esperanto. It would be so much easier to travel in out-of-the way places if simple requests were possible.

  21. It´s funny how the german (the one with the glasses and brown shirt) sounds so german. Not only the pronunciation but some words sound like german.

  22. It is logical to have an accent in Esperanto even if you are a native speaker, since the parent(s) you learned it from were not native speakers…of course, it is recommended to speak with a neutral South-European accent keeping the simple 5 vowels of Spanish in order to be understood by more people…

  23. I understand that many people would like Esperanto to be similar to their own languages. However, the purpose of Esperanto is to be international and easy to learn. Who would ever create and international language based on Arabic or Japanese? It's based on romance languages because it's a fact that they are the easiest languages to learn. It's impossible to create a language taking different elements of all the existing ones. When you start learning Esperanto, you can see how fast you can make progress and even communicate at a basic level. My native language is Spanish, I learned English at college (which I loved it) and I'm currently learning Esperanto.
    If you don't like the language, don't learn it. It's as simple as that.

  24. Klingon is coincided a made up language . But are all languages thru out history "A made up language"? This is cool. I wish this was available on learning media. It could be(at least on are planet) a universal language.

  25. L. Zamenhof and sometimes as the pseudonymous Dr. Esperanto, was a Polish-Jewish ophthalmologist and the creator of Esperanto, the most successful constructed language in the world…..

  26. Pretty funny that I could actually fake speaking Esperanto and Google translate actually translates it and it turns out to be a normal sentence

  27. I like the idea of a constructed language that everyone must learn. Then I did some research and started studying esperanto. But now I hate it. It literally hurts my ears to listen to this western/central european butcher language. It's really strange because I also studied a bit of Ido which is supposed to be an esperanto derivative, but sounds way better.

  28. At first I was skeptical that they were really native Esperanto speakers because at least the German and Brazilian speakers clearly have a German or Brazilian accent. But then I realized that that actually makes perfect sense since their parents weren't native speakers of Esperanto and must have spoken it to them with an accent. It's still kind of strange to think that someone could grow up speaking a language natively but still have what sounds like a "foreign" accent in their native tongue

  29. I'm native in Spanish and Catalan, fluent in English and conversational in German. I wanna learn Russian, and then if I can, Norwegian, Greek, Irish and Finnish. Don't let anyone say that "that language is useless" languages connect people! Maybe i'll try learning it

  30. This is wonderful! I like the sound of it and it's just amazing how easy it is to understand!!! I'm Italian but I speak also spanish and english (also i lived in Poland for a few months so, even though I can't speak it, I kind of got a little used to the sound of Polish and its very basic grammar) and I could understand like the 50% of what it was been said, which is really a lot considering it was the first time ever I heard esperanto. I'd like esperanto to be the european language. I don't dislike english but I feel like a language with both romance, slavic and german roots would be easier for everyone (except for irish people of course) and also fairer. Also the UK is leaving the EU so we have one reason more

  31. Duolingo says I only know 118 words. I put Esperanto captions on this video and I understood about 70% of what they said! Esperanto is truly amazing

  32. Came across this language in a hard techno set (had to use translate to auto-detect the language) I had no idea it even existed, let alone that it's supposed to be an international language.

    Learning something new every day!

  33. How does ones develop the skills to be multilingual? I have never struggled in any intellectual pursuit but linguistics. I feel like a dullard when it comes to learning another language, especially since much of my family is multilingual.

  34. Tiu ĉi estas mia unua fojo ke mi rigardas tiu ĉi video, mi povas kompreni multe. Tiu ĉi kingvo estas tre bela kaj interesa.

  35. Mi lernas Esperanton en Duolingo Mi ne volas lerni komuniki kun iu ajn alia Mi volas pli scii kiel paroli alian lingvon

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