First, I really identify with the five traits of Esperanto on Lernu.net, especially the third and fourth ones.
- Esperanto is international
- Not owned by any country or political system
- Provides linguistic equality
- There is often a power shift when someone speaks their mother tongue with someone who is speaking that language as a second language. Often, the first person can express their thoughts easier, more precisely, and sometimes dominate the conversation or talk circles around the other person such as during a disagreement. With Esperanto, both people are speaking Esperanto, a second language.
- Relatively easy
- This is huge and part of the reason Esperanto is being taught in some schools.
- This is but just one example of what makes Esperanto easier to learn than other languages: Conjugating Verbs in French versus Esperanto
- Esperanto is a living language
- Like other languages, Esperanto evolves and has the richness and depth to be used to express our emotions and philosophies, for music and poetry, for business, etc. Some international companies have adopted Esperanto as their language of business.
Not everyone learns Esperanto due to these philosophies and reasons. As Esperanto is relatively easier to learn, it helps build confidence with languages. For the person or child learning their second language, Esperanto can help them get comfortable in just a few weeks to start using it. For instance, I felt I knew Esperanto better in just a few weeks of study than years of French study.