My problem with Esperanto is that it is an artificial language
All languages are artificial.
it probably does not have the quirks that make a real language fun
Well, if you don't know anything about it, why comment on it? Learn the language and then if you don't think it's "fun," then you can bitch! I can only imagine what kind of masochist would find tripping over the exceptions and ambiguities "fun."
You do of course realize Z himself said, "lingvo absolute logika kaj tute sen idiotismoj estus lingvo senviva kaj tro peza," (translation: an absolutely logical language and one without idioms would be a lifeless language that's too heavy) right? But during its evolution, Esperanto has picked up some oddness. For example, radaro
can have two meanings, as can legenda
. If you say acheta
, do you mean "buying" or "slightly bad"? Kaj tiel plu.
If we want a universal language why not accept English
You know, the French said no to making Esperanto the official language of the League of Nations because about 20% of the world spoke French back then (compared to about 8% of the world speaks English now). English (or any other ethnic language) has two problems: it's hard to learn and it's politically biased. Perhaps it would do you well to read up on the history of Esperanto and then you wouldn't have to ask that question.
"All languages are artificial."
I suppose you could say that, in the sense that all languages are creations of the human mind. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say Esperanto is a constructed language, i.e. one that was deliberately and methodically invented all of a piece, rather that evolving naturally over time.
"English (or any other ethnic language) has two problems: it's hard to learn and it's politically biased."
Excuse me, but how is it possible for English, or any language for that matter, to be "politically biased"? Could you give some examples to illustrate that statement?
All the universe . . . or nothingness. Which shall it be, Passworthy? Which shall it be?
Languages, I think, are more objective than most people are willing to admit. I never understood the claim that English is somehow politically biased. Was it politically biased when it was spoken during the centuries of English monarchy? Is it politically biased now that all native speaking English countries are democracies?
The bias comes from people, I would say.