Let us gather the facts! =) 1. Bob speaks English and no other languages. 1a. Occidental, the Latin-German pidgin, is easy to learn for him. 2. Mexicans speak Spanish and likely have been influenced by American culture, knowing (even if not speaking) at least a basic vocabulary. 2a. Occidental, the Latin-German pidgin, is easy to learn for them. 3. Anglophone students speak... You guessed it: *E n g l i s h* 3a. Occidental, the Latin-German pidgin, is easy to learn for them. 4. People on the Internet are constantly bombarded by English because of English' unofficial status as an IAL. 4a. Occidental, the Latin-German pidgin, is easy to learn for them too. The conclusion? Occidental is a simple, easy to learn, can be sight read without know prior knowledge of the language, can be pronounced once some irregularities are memorized by this *WIDE* range of Latin and Germanic language speakers. Bravo! Not English or Germanic? Like... half or more of Europe... or like all of Asia... or like most of Africa... or Your a native? That's okay, once Latinic and Germanic Europeans all speak it, You'll have no choice either and it will be forced on to You like English is now. Support the Occidental difference! (or lack thereof...) ----- Original Message ----- From: Robert J. Petry, C.L. <[log in to unmask]> To: Multiple recipients of list AUXLANG <[log in to unmask]> Sent: Wednesday, December 01, 1999 5:29 AM Subject: Re: Reasons to learn planlingvoj? (estis: Re:TaketheEsperantoChallenge) > > BTW, If I understand you correctly, you only know English and > > Occidental. How do you know that Occ works better than other IALs? > > > > P. > > By the ability to communicate with others who use Occidental who are not English > speakers. > Basically, by experience in using it, which by the way, more and more folks are also > beginning to do, even some that are beginning to surprise me. > And by live testing here in Tucson with tourists who eat at some of the places I go to, > like the Cup cafe in the Congress Hotel. > Tucson is a tourist attraction city. And, it is close to the Mexican border [an hour > away] plus people from all over the place retire here. > And, by tests with high school students, university students and tests with students from > Pima College and others on the internet.