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2009-09-29
Now: Simple English, limited to a 1,000 word vocabulary.
Short term: Esperanto.
Long term: Lajban.

Now: Simple English
+English is currently the international language.
+Restricting your vocabulary to the (~1,000) most common words will increase your potential audience.
-English sucks - much inconsistency and vagueness.
-No flag.

Short Term: Esperanto
+Most commonly used synthetic language.
+Designed to be easy to learn.
+Cool flag.

Long Term: Lojban
If I could get all mankind to speak any one language
+Freaking awesome.
+Designed on the theory that your spoken langauge limits the way you think (to reduce those limits).
+Greater means of expression.
+No irregularities or ambiguities in spelling or grammar.
+All roots are computer generated from an analysis of the similarities between the equivalent roots in the six most common languages, and five letters long.
+Reminds me of LISP: "LISP is worth learning for a different reason — the profound enlightenment experience you will have when you finally get it. That experience will make you a better programmer for the rest of your days, even if you never actually use LISP itself a lot." - ESR
-Simplicity was not a design goal.
-Mostly spoken by people who already speak English and Esperanto. Website is only in English. Learning aids need to be translated to more languages.
-Lame flag.

Wikipedia content pages
Simple English54,437
Esperanto116,329
Lojban950

Hours to develop comparable ability
LanguageHours
German2,000
English1,500
Italian1,000
Esperanto150

Lernu.net - lots of resources for learning Esperanto.

Lojban.org

[info]lojban

"No language is worth learning that does not affect the way you think."

I can see learning more languages primarily so I can translate the Lojban learning aids to those languages.

I still need to implement relax ng style <choice> for my HTML5 schema.

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