> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of steve rice > > I think there is something to that. There is a desire > > among proponents of an IAL (not just Espists) to "get > > along" with people in other countries. You would think > > this would be the case generally among the public, but alas > > that doesn't seem to be the case. > > Apathy is the primary problem, along with simple bigotry. The human condition is what it is. I don't ever expect to change that, but I do see interlanguages as a way of removing one of the barriers that divide peoples. Buy knowing how humans are, I expect they can throw up a new one for every one that's torn down. > > I think this is a shame. Most people seem to follow a > > program which they don't realise is optional, from their > > twenties through their retirement age. We're so career > > driven these days that we don't have time for hobbies, > > let alone other people. Career, wife, two kids, car and > > mortgage, for 40 years. That's life for most Anglos > > nowadays. No time to think. > > There's also the idea that if people know you're doing > something "eccentric," it will hurt your career. As a writer, > eccentricity doesn't hurt me a bit, so while I don't parade > my interests, neither do I try to hide them. (I'm also > perverse enough to enjoy their consternation when I'm not > embarrassed.) I'm at the same level as you then. Obviously by being active on a list like this, I'm not hiding my conlang interests, but at the same time I don't feel any need to go around broadcasting it to everyone either. Likewise, I'm not discussing my other hobbies here either, even though they are more mainstream. > > .. > > > > I think this pretty much says it all about Esp though. If > > only it sounded like Spanish _without_ the sharp sticks. > > Its Slavic roots become clear. > > They aren't clear to me, for the most part. The actual Slavic > elements, such as "ekz-" in "ekzemplo," don't stick out much > in speech. And don't forget the Polish woman's poetry. No, > Eo's sound isn't actually a problem, for the most part. I've > been told that when I sing in Eo (and I have at best an > average voice), the language sounds very melodic. I haven't listened to much Esperanto. Really only a bit here and there, mainly bits of podcasts. To me it has kind of a generic "Eastern European" sound. Sort of a Turko-Slavic flavor.