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Originally posted by idiot8 at 2009-1-14 13:16
so learn Esperanto, the international language
as for Korean becoming an international language you need to study it a bit more if you think it is going to spread across the globe like wildfire.
Why couldn't Korean spread around the world like wildfire?
Various factors can lead to the spread of a language. Some examples follow:
Religion. Arabic spread in part to people wanting to read the Qur'an in the original language. Though granted similarities between semitic languages helped the process along.
Linguistic similarities: Though similarities alone did lead to the spread of Arabic, they certainly helped it along none-the-less. This also holds true for English in Germanic countries, or French in Latin countires.
Imperialism: The British Empire, the French, Empire, etc. This is the main reason English spread, thugh the British and then American empires.
Moral considerations: In the last few decades, a number of democratic countries have added new laws or decrees allowing schools to teach Esperanto as an alternative to English. The main argument has been justice (i.e. because the language is designed to be easier to learn, it can make a great contribution to allowing for bilingualism among the common people and not just the elites). What many don't realise, though, is that King Sae Jong the Great had created the Koran script from the same moral fabric (i.e. to give literacy to all Koreans regardless of class distinctions). Now when we consider that Esperanto has been added to the curriculum in a number of countries in spite of its economic, political and military insignificance in our world, merely through moral force, then why could the same moral force not compel some Asian countries to add Korean to their syllabi when we consider that Korean is more significant than Esperanto on the military, economic and political fronts. Certainly if moral force alone has been able to propel Esperanto this far, it can certainly propel a politically more significant language just as far. Or do you lack faith in moral force alone? Didn't Confucious himself state that great men look at what is right and not at what makes a profit? Or have you forgotten your culture?