> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Paul Bartlett > What is best for you? I honestly have no answer to your question. My > suggestion is that you make yourself familiar with several, although > that does not mean that you have to become proficient in any of them to > make your own choice. Also, there are some individuals who have at > least some competence in more than one. (For instance, there are some > people who are more or less competent in both Ido and Esperanto, and > some in both IALA Interlingua and Occidental/Interlingue.) That's right. It's really not our place to decide for someone else. All we can really do is help someone to make an informed decision. The first thing I'd be asking myself is just why I want to learn another language in the first place, then not really make a distinction between natural and artificial. If the purpose of learning another language is simply to learn one as some type of mental excercise then I'd say just about any one would work. If time is important then an artificial language will certainly cut down on the learning time. If you want a language that's going to be usable in everyday life, then artificial languages don't have much to offer because of their small and scattered user populations. If the point is to have a group of people to communicate with online, just about any of the languages are workable but the Esperanto community is much larger than all the others combined.