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The most successful constructed language, devised to be an international auxiliary language with very regular grammar and Italian most prominent among its many influences.

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Standardized and ambiguity-free language

Is there exist a language (the natural or the constructed one) with a completely standardized and ambiguity-free rules, and which is suitable for the modern use? I am wondering for a language which ...
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Is there an online Esperanto word stem “diagrammer?”

I'm wondering if there is a site or resource that will take an Esperanto word and diagram the different components. For example, given "malsanulejo," the "diagrammer" would return something like: mal-...
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Are there any languages with a case system like Esperanto's?

Thinking about Esperanto's case system, if I saw that in a natural language, I would think it was rather odd. Esperanto only has two cases: accusative and non-accusative. The non-accusative, on is ...
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Are there natural languages with the following properties (seen in Esperanto)?

Are there natural languages that have the following set of properties: The language possesses nouns, adjectives, and definite articles Nouns and adjective are both inflected for number and case (or ...
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Comparison between Ido, Esperanto and French

I read somewhere this assertion: Ido is a try to make Esperanto looking more like French. Can someone explain me in which extend Ido could be closer than French than Esperanto, in which fields? (...
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What is the influence of Germanic languages on Esperanto grammar?

I am making a presentation in my class about the influence of Germanic languages on the Esperanto grammar. I was wondering if you could help me further. I already said that Esperanto was a non pro-...
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The -e suffix in a noun [closed]

I was reading useful sentences from the Wikipedia article about Esperanto (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esperanto#Useful_phrases). One in particular caught my eye: Do you speak Esperanto? It is ...
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Teaching children Spanish and Esperanto at home from non-native speakers

A question has already been asked on teaching a child a foreign language if you aren't a native speaker, but the answers are mixed - the 'right' answer says languages can be taught by a non-native ...
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Constructing/borrowing of complex scientific/technological/financial vocabulary in Esperanto [closed]

Most Esperanto scientific, some technology-specific, or financial dictionaries available online cover vast range, but mostly old terminology that was around for many years. How does one translate or ...
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English vs. Esperanto (in grammar, vocabulary, semantics)

I know Esperanto is constructed on the basis of Romance languages; but what are the main differences and similarities between English and Esperanto? Especially from the following aspects: grammar (...
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infinitive passive in Esperanto

Beside fari (to do), grammars like this one give six other forms of the infinitive in Esperanto: simple / progressive / perfect / prospective (active) fari esti faranta / esti ...
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Is Esperanto accepting new root words?

Is Esperanto accepting new root words? Or is this process done and you can create new words only by combining existing ones?
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Why aren't the number of syllables in constructed languages like Esperanto minimized?

It would seem advantageous for any language to have minimal numbers of syllables in its words, especially for its most common words, where there would be no loss (and instead, probable gain) in ...
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Why are artificial languages created always by individuals and not by international institutions?

Do linguists and scientist have some international coordinated program/authority where the goal is to create the artificial language for all peoples on this planet? As far as I know, this was always ...
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Do I need to learn Esperanto? [closed]

I am native Armenian speaker. I know Russian from childhood. Recent years English became my second language and I am using it in everywhere except interaction with friends. Now I want to learn Italian....
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What research has been done on the effects of learning Esperanto on acquiring other languages?

I have recently started learning Esperanto because I thought it would be an interesting exercise to compare and contrast it with the natural languages I speak. Anyone who has done even light research ...
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Esperanto Pronunciation jx and gx & c and s

I am looking to see if anyone can help me understand the difference between these similar sounds: ĝ & ĵ (gx & jx) c & s I have been told the gx is like the j in jail or the g in gem &...
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How did Esperanto find “early adopters” for the language?

Even with the volume of constructed languages that exist, I've never seen formal analysis documenting the successive approaches Esperanto took in an effort to really engage and convert "early adopters"...