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I'm talking about the people that had a cursory interest in the
language and got turned off before initiating any serious study. These
are the laziest people that an IAL has to appeal to.
BTW, your reason b) is the same as the second one I listed. Feeling
weird or stupid about the whole thing.

2006/10/17, Todd Moody <[log in to unmask]>:
> On Mon, 16 Oct 2006 8:39 pm, MacLeod Dave wrote:
> > It's a pretty bold statement to say that the two examples I've
> > mentioned have never, ever turned off a potential new user.
>
> Not so bold.  I've known people who got disgusted and gave up trying to
> learn Esperanto, but *never* for those reasons.
>
> In fact, the only reasons I've seen people give up learning Esperanto
> for have been (a) deciding Esperanto isn't worthwhile because so few
> people speak it; (b) feeling weird learning a made-up language; and (c)
> being unable to think of languages as anything other than
> relexifications of English.
>
> These people will tend to give up on any auxlang, at least until it's
> already a huge success.  And the third group will give up even then.
>
> Todd Moody
>