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  •  I think I'll stick with Esperanto :-) (0+ / 0-)

    I could go to Rekjavik and have no trouble finding someone to speak Esperanto with (in fact the World Esperanto Congress is going to be held in Rekjavik next summer). I could do that with Icelandic too, but I could also go to Prague, Beijing, Abidjan or Rio de Janeiro and find Esperantists. Somehow I don't think Icelandic would be as useful. :-)

    This is not a knock against Icelandic - in fact I've long been fascinated by Old English and Old Norse and similar langages. It's just that based on my experience with German, where I could never get cases and genders straight, it would be a pretty tough slog. German only has four cases, so I don't hold out much hope for keeping all of the grammatical fiddly bits of Icelandic straight. (Esperanto, for the record, has only one - the accusative. Everything else is handled by prepositions.)

    You and I are going to spend our sunset years telling our children's children what it was once like in America when 25% of the population was batshit insane.

    by Omir the Storyteller on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 09:44:55 PM PDT

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