How did you discover Lojban?

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How did you discover Lojban?

This is an important question as it helps establish how the LLG are gaining members and can help them target new members better. It maybe a good idea to include the reasons why you choose to learn/participate-in-the-community Lojban?

Answers:

  • Yanis Batura:
    • I had been dreaming about a language with precise relations between words for a year. Suddenly, when browsing Wikipedia, I saw a link to Lojban version from the article about Genghis Khan. I wondered what a language Lojban could be, and that is how I am here  :)
  • Josh Wolfer:
    • I was having a discussion with friends about what the optimal ancillary language would be for global communications. As a native speaker of English, I find it to be horribly arbitrary and overly complicated. A friend told me that it would probably be Lojban or Esperanto.
    • I did some research on Lojban and was instantly fascinated. I really wanted to see how a logical and intentional language could work. The idea of someone / some people creating language from ground up, is brilliant.
  • la gleki:
    • I used to read popular articles on languages and got acquainted with Esperanto. I thought Esperanto was what I needed. But I wanted to look at other options and when found the description of Lojban (probably in the Wikipedia article) immediately felt that that was what I needed: logic, cultural neutrality, parseability by machines, the ability to emulate different languages like shown in the Wikipedia article, the presence of an active community. I never changed my opinion since then. Better languages might appear in future. But as of now and as of the features mentioned Lojban is the best.
    • Besides ... other languages are just boring :)
  • Alex Richmond (TheSupernatural), August 29, 2014:
    • I had little interest in languages other than English until I took my first foreign language class (2008-2009, Spanish). I immediately fell in love with idea of communicating in a language other than the English I've used my whole life. As high school languages classes tend to be, the pace of the course was slow and I ended up learning ahead. Somewhere that school year, I discovered conlangs. I learned about all the big ones: Esperanto, Ido, Klingon, Interlingua, Toki Pona, and of course, our beloved Lojban. Esperanto appealed the most to me for a couple reasons: it was simple to learn and speak, and there's a very active community out there. I lost interest not long after, although I can't remember why. I've read a lot of criticisms of Esperanto and most of them are very valid, but I still think their community is what every other conlang aims to be.
    • Over the course of five years, I had a mild interest in Lojban. It had a lot of appeal to me, but there's also a very steep learning curve for someone who is proficient in neither linguistics nor computer science. I finally decided to seriously learn it this year.
  • mark.xafirkamp. 2014-12-26
    • I learned about Lojban about a month ago from an in-progress post-Singularity science fiction story called S.I., by someone known online as DataPacRat. However, I may have been briefly exposed to Lojban as a child. When I saw Logflash in Talk:Lojbanic Software, I recalled having ran an old DOS program of that name that I found on my parents' computer when I was a kid and thinking something like "What the heck? How is this logical? It's just gibberish!". The memory is somewhat dubious; I couldn't find Logflash in my archive of old programs they had on that computer, but when I made the archive I was more interested in copying games than in random unintelligible serious stuff.
    • At first, I was interested in Lojban as a language that I could finally express and organize my thoughts clearly, without having to fight with the language. After a month of thinking about it, I think that Lojban is also the best human language to teach a computer to bootstrap a human-level AI.
  • 4D enthusiast (talk) 09:52, 24 December 2016 (PST)
    • I saw it mentioned on xkcd, but didn't think much about it at the time. A while later I was thinking about something I don't remember (probably to do with French lessons), and decided it would be worth looking into more.