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Tech Lingo, the Other Universal Language

In order to stay connected in today’s world you not only need to speak English, you need to speak Web 2.0 as well. In fact, I’d recently told John about the joys of Esperanto, an easy to learn language developed to become international language, but that never caught on. A few days later, John passed on this article about the new universal language: Nerdic, the language of technology.

Knowing the language of technology can help you learn English and vice versa. Katie, our resident teacher often writes about wikis and videos can be used in the classroom.

But it’s clear to me that a lot of our users here at English, baby! aren’t familiar with some of the latest functions of the Web. Take tags, for instance. We had to remove the tag field on lessons because members were entering in the craziest things! (Actual examples: “I need to find a wife in Iran”, “how are you?”, “Angelina Jolie” on a lesson about bowling, not to mention the stuff in Chinese.)

Hopefully we can all get on the same page soon!

Photo: The creator of Esperanto’s tombstone. Yes, it is in Esperanto.

2 Responses to “Tech Lingo, the Other Universal Language”

  1. Bill Chapman Says:

    What an interesting contribution! I am not sure that English is as widespread or useful as people claim. I would like to argue how useful Esperanto is as the international language. It is a planned language which belongs to no one country or group of states. Take a look at http://www.esperanto.net

    Esperanto works! I’ve used it in speech and writing in a dozen countries over recent years.
    Indeed, the language has some remarkable practical benefits. Personally, I’ve made friends around the world through Esperanto that I would never have been able to communicate with otherwise. And then there’s the Pasporta Servo , which provides free lodging and local information to Esperanto-speaking travellers in over 90 countries. In the past tear I have had guided tours of Berlin and Milan in the planned language. I have discussed philosophy with a Slovene poet, humour on television with a Bulgarian TV producer. I’ve discussed what life was like in East Berlin before the wall came down, how to cook perfect spaghetti, the advantages and disadvantages of monarchy, and so on. I recommend it, not just as an ideal but as a very practical way to overcome language barriers.

  2. jasonsimms Says:

    Wow, thanks for the great comment, Bill. I had no idea that Esperanto was so widespread and practical! Maybe I should take a few weeks this summer and learn it. Is it hard to stay fluent in it? It seems like opportunities to practice might be difficult to come by unless you’re traveling.

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