I woudl like to quote this post, instead of resharing because I don’t agree with everything there. I don’t think we have to forget our native languages, that’s why comparison to the switch from facebook to diaspora, which was made there seems deeply not right to me. I personally value my language, and it doesn’t make me feel good when I acknowledge threats it has.
Also, I have to say that I also fear simplicity in design. Simplicity can mean gaining flexibility and expressiveness, like in case with Oberon operating system and language, and it can mean something like Newlang, the language which was simple but was designed in order to rule those people.
Simplicity can also mean “don’t know what pointer is” which, I believe is wrong, because every programmer should know what pointer is. Simplicity can mean making phonemic orthography, and I am opponent of that. That approach, taken by communists, in my opinion, damaged Armenian orthography and language.
So I believe, simplicity does not always mean good design. However, good design is very often simple. Now the quote.
English vs. Esperanto:
You sang nicely, AND You have sung nicely, AND You had sung nicely, AND You did sing nicely , AND You did use to sing nicely, AND You were singing nicely, AND You used to sing nicely.
Vi kantis bele. :-)
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