Dmitri Ivanov wrote: > --- In [log in to unmask], "<deinx nxtxr>" <deinx.nxtxr@...> > wrote: >> I've had a few ideas myself for promoting languages. How about >> taking a business-like approach. Commerce and trade are what >> historically have motivated many people to learn new >> languages. How about setting up an an online store, or maybe >> an auction site like E-Bay in Esperanto? If the deals offered >> are good enough not only would it bring together E-istoj, but >> the revenue could be reinvested in the E-o movement for further >> campaigns. Even having a multilingual site, but offing a small >> discount to those who order using the E-o version may provide >> someone an incentive to at least take a look at E-o (or >> whatever language you are trying to promote). > > Bribe senators and pass a Neo Patwa amendment to the > constitution. Now this would work. Then NP would become a required part of every child's school curriculum. Teaching it to them doesn't mean they'll use it, so the schools will have to start teaching classes in NP. > Open a cinema company "sasXXXsek productions". There are already plenty of places to get porn without having to learn a conlang. Would only work if there was some unique gimmick associated with it. Maybe offer free phone sex (telxfonxses) in S:S:. > Tempt a celebrity (Obama or Shakruh Khan) to learn a conlang, and > many others will do the same. For Obama it will be even good to > speak Sasxsek: if anything, he can always say that people just > got him wrong. A celebrity may not be able to recruit speakers as such, but the backing of a celebrity will at least get it noticed. I've never seen any evidence that William Shatner speaks E-o, despite his role in "Incubus". Celebrities though are the last people that would need to learn an auxlang. They are rich enough to afford translators. > Still better, become a celebrity yourself. Winning Olympic games > in broad jump should be sufficient. At least here in the US, Olympic athletes tend to have very short-lived fame. And there's generally only one outstanding star from each edition of the Games.