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Which constructed international language is best?

Esperanto is the most well-known but has many flaws and has no interest in correcting any of them.

Ido is an improved Esperanto but that's like calling it the thinnest kid at fat camp.

Novial is pretty good but it splintered too much towards the end and never recovered.

Occidental isn't bad but it reads like "Novial v0.7".

Interlingua tries hard but it reads like it wants to be all things for all people and winds up being nothing good for anyone.

What's leftchan's take on international languages?


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I'm a looser burger that only knows one language and part of another language (korean) but I have never actively used it so I lost my ability to speak it really sort of fluently at all.


I'm not sure what you are looking for. You haven't mentioned Lojban, that's also a semi famous constructed language. It tries to be syntactically unambiguous.

>What's leftchan's take on international languages?

here is a list of most commonly spoken organic languages (native and non-native combined)

1. English 1,348 b
2. Mandarin Chinese 1.120 b
3. Hindi 600 m
4. Spanish 543 m
5. Standard Arabic 274 m
6. Bengali 268 m
7. French 267 m
8. Russian 258 m
9. Portuguese 258 m
10. Urdu 230 m

You can't construct a new language from scratch and expect everybody to just switch to that.

You have to take common organic languages and improve them slowly. Make them easier to learn with more consistent rules. It has to be slow so that improvements can filter down into actual use and pass the test of getting accepted by the masses. A second objective is to blend all these languages into one common one, by introducing words from one language to another. By trial and error you'll find out what words, sounds and other linguistic constructs are universal enough to stick with everybody. And over the course of 200 years you'll end up with an international language, that is constructed and derived. The goal would be for most people on earth to know it as a second or third language.


About not listing other conlangs, your point is valid. I could have listed off another 20 or so but didn't want to overburden the initial post.


Yeah I like the reform approach. I try to lump words together in english like german does, because I appreciate the feature. Like carengine for instance


Yes compound words are a nice linguistic feature, just don't overdo it by creating comically long words

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