Its ok, not my favorite, not not complicated to learn it on basic level. I prefer Spanish and Japanese, imo sounds much better. Sadly I barely know any Spanish and zero knowledge of Japanese. As you get older learning languages becomes much harder and there's no must reason to force you to learn them.
Yep. I kinda wish I learned Esperanto earlier because even when I was like 12 and 13 I tried learning other languages like Catalan but never went to far into it. This time because of Duolingo and other resources I manage to get far into Esperanto and I'm still practicing it although I'm still getting used to its grammar.
Yeah, both Spanish and Japanese are phonologically simpler than English, however Spanish does have a complex grammar (probably still comparable to English grammar, but even then) and the conjugations and irregularities and where to put the accent marks which makes it difficult to learn. I can't say too much about Japanese because I've never studied it.
You learn it in school starting grade 1
I'm also terminally online
Is it mandatory where you live? What's your native language?
That's retarded, the global translator service should be around the corner with how rapidly AI develops. Also retarded because you could end up without any real use for it. Imho we should only encourage language learning to young kids like we do now and maybe to old people so as to prevent dementia, but not against anyone's consent, obviously.
So you're saying fuck the idea of a "global language" and we should only be taught native languages and let AI translators facilitate interlingual communication. But what about English being taught outside Anglosphere countries?
Yeah but in 90 American culture really expand to Eastern Europe it was time of end of history and top time of American hegemony. Now i think people are a bit more critical towards USA but i still admire your country.
And in Netherlands English literacy is highest in Europe, I know just a bit of Dutch to have a small talk but I see that Dutch people apriciete when you at least try to speak.
Yeah, I know Anglo-American culture is pretty widespread. Even in non-Anglophone countries there is still an influence, you see this especially in Latin America where a lot of the people there consume American media despite being predominantly Spanish-speaking and still retaining a Latin-based culture. Inversely Latin culture does impact American culture again due to the large number of Hispanic immigrants here and in turn that indirectly affects the rest of the Anglosphere.
You're absolutely correct. Learning a language is entering into a culture.
Yep. Even if English becomes a "global language" it still brings with it the Anglo-American culture and the United States as the center of it. It will make its way into other cultures and dominate over it and of course, people have a tendency of wanting to adopt the dominant or "prestige" culture.