Name: Nguyen Thanh Thao
Title: Critical response for two articles, namely “Esperanto, the hope of the world” and “What’s the point of Esperanto?”
As the world’s trade and business has become globalized, the demand for well-English speakers grows stronger. The explanation for this is that people need a universal language to communicate with others who come from various ethnic backgrounds. Moreover, the increasing significance of English in many fields, such as business, politics,… can not be denied. Although English is used in many circumstances, Yan Rado – president of “Esperanto group” states the reasons why the world needs to have Esperanto as a second global language in his article “Esperanto, the hope of the world”, published in “The Way Forward Conference” in June 2011. On the other hand, in the article “What’s the point of Esperanto?” by Dr Angla Sola published in “The Language Journal” on 2011, the author points out the opposite idea about this language. The aim of this paper is to critically respond to the authors’ arguments. Rada and Sola have different opinions about the neutrality of Esperanto. While Rado states that that this language can help to unite the world by its neutrality and simplicity, Sola believes that Esperanto is not a neutral language because it was created by a Polish man who was influenced by the European cultures. Perhaps the weakness in Rado’s point is that Esperanto is a neutral language. To begin with, it seems impossible to create a neutral language for people who come from different countries to learn and speak. In fact, Esperanto contains cognates from many European languages, including Russian, Italian, Spainish, English,… In other words, Esperanto still comprehend Western cultures, so it should not be called a neutral language. Secondly, it seems so unfair for Asians to learn this language. For instance, the writing systems of Chinese, Korean, Malaysian,…are very different from the Latin alphabet. Writing...
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