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Re : Re(2): Artyom Kouzminykh: Answes&proposal

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Date:Thursday, August 26, 1999, 8:14
Dans un courrier dat=E9 du 26/08/99 08:00:37  , Barry a =E9crit :

> Ahh and someone on "The Straight Dope" message board said Esp. was oh so > easy for the Chinese and Japanese to say :). My question was, have they > ever heard a Japanese person speak English? :). Of course they never > commented back on that.
i don't want to protect E-o, but i must say there are plenty of japanese esperantists and christophe would tell you they really cope OK with esperanto phonems and grammar. i think that's because once a japanese is into something, he really cares and makes his best. i believe japan is the best market for=20 an IAL : they really care about being informed of international news and trends and take any such opportunity (the reverse is not quite true : supplying clear information "outside" is not their favourite occupation ;-) give them volapuk or inuktitut as IAL, they learn it. in my opinion, the only absolute condition for japanese to pick an IAL is that it is already spoken by foreigners, especially americans, germans or chinese. groups of phonems that are likely to be pronounced as one same phonem in one way or another by even the most benevolent japanese ialists are : (v/b) (si/shi) (ti/chi) (tu/tsu) (r/l) (kh/h/f) (fu/hu) (=E7i/hi) (zh/,j) (wu/u) (yi/i) the problem is that most of them really can't even hear the diference between these sounds. long lice and wrong rice or conversely. i visited with my father the toyota plant where the CROWN car was built. the hostess was "clown"-ing each and every of her english sentences. so after 30 mn of "clown" here and "clown" there in the midst of this noisy and gloomy giant manufacturing plant i couldn't help giggling nervously. my father who speaks english far better than i do could not understand one word of the explanation so i had to translate ingurishi into giggling french : "ando yuu shii hiiru da haarusuto puranto bii aru puraudo bii purojuusu za feemaasu kurauno kaa." no need to say, my conlang has one k, l, m, n, p, s and t as consonants e basta - because you never know a crazy japanese finds the page on the web, learns it you wonder why and calls you : "heroo, ai wanto tsu supiiku tsu yuu in tsunu". - "noooooooooooooo !!!!!!" fingers crossed.=20 mathias