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Presenting Lojban

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Tip: [[Lojban Introductory Brochure]] can answer to more questions.
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Lojbanists answer on important questions.
==What is Lojban?==<!--T:3-->
Lojban is a constructed language based on so called predicate logic which makes it kind of a bridge between different languages and cultures.<!-- Therefore, it allows us to see the world brighter.-->
==Why learn Lojban?==
Lojban is going to change the way you look at verbal communication. Learning it is much more than just learning its words and grammar: it is more about understanding it. You will need to understand many things about the way languages work. If you are not a linguist, it will be new to you. If you are a linguist it'll strike you how different ideas and philosophies you familiar with can be directly uttered in the flow of normal speech.
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Lojban will make you think about the ways you express ideas in words. Something that you learned and used every day but never tried to understand how it works.
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If you are deciding which language to learn or whether to learn any at all, you need to define your goals. Being able to understand what is spoken or speak so that other speakers understand is a good reason to learn most other languages. Learning new ways of thinking and expression of thoughts is a good reason to learn Lojban.
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Lojban is likely to be very different to the kinds of languages you are familiar with — which certainly include English. Learning it may be easy or hard, depending on how well you understand the ideas behind it. There are not many words and rules that you need to learn to get into a basic level. You will get there rather quickly if you put a systemic effort. On the other hand, if you fail to understand some basic point, memorizing things will not help you much. In such cases don't hesitate to move on, and come back to it later. Likewise, some of the exercises are trickier than others (particularly the translation exercises).
== Several reasons for learning Lojban NOW ==<!--T:7-->
#Those working with the language now are actively consulted for their opinions on how to teach and spread the language. People who write in the language are contributing to the growth of the lexicon, and establishing the conventions and idioms that will guide language use in future years. People who are especially active have joined the project leadership within a few months of becoming involved.
#Those with a computer background can lead development of the first computer applications for the language. Expertise in the language will no doubt be valuable as Lojban becomes recognized as a useful tool for computer applications by the computer industry. Computer-oriented Lojbanists can also aid in developing computer-aided instruction tools or converting existing software to run on new computers.
#A relatively short study of Lojban by high school (or younger) students has been proposed, providing the linguistic understanding that was once associated with studying Latin and other languages for much longer periods of time. Such study can be tied in with concepts of logic, and possibly with computer-related activities, helping to show the essential interrelated nature of language and other human endeavor.
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You needn't learn Lojban for any practical purpose, however. Many of those learning Lojban are doing so because it is fun. Learning Lojban is intellectually stimulating, and provides human interaction and mental challenge. Lojban has all the benefits of games designed for entertainment, with the added prospect of developing useful skills as a side benefit. Learning Lojban as an 'intellectual toy' means that you can get enjoyment from learning Lojban without nearly the effort needed to benefit from studying other languages. While becoming fluent in Lojban will probably take hundreds of hours over several months, you can feel some sense of accomplishment in the language after just a few hours of study. You can use Lojban immediately for fun, while gaining skill with greater experience.
==Some basic features of Lojban==<!--T:9-->
*Lojban is an experiment in language — the grammar is regular, simpler than most natural languages, but complex in its own unique way. Non-naturalistic structures abound, but all are regular and make sense in their own way. Lojban is thus an experiment in thought, as well, it wishes to see how these unique language structures affect thought and cognition.
*Lojban allows the expression of emotion, using words called [[attitudinals]], which are essentially spoken emoticons, expressing your feelings. You can indicate the precise degree and intensity of your emotion as well as indicate which word your emotion stems from. You can even indicate that your statement was meant as a joke, a quick argument defuser.
*Lojban has a flexible pronunciation. Lojban phonemes (basic units of sound) allow many realizations, for example, the '''r''' may be pronounced as an English, French, or Spanish ''r''. There are no silent letters, and each letter corresponds to one phoneme. While not the simplest language to pronounce, these sounds are also carefully arranged to allow self-segregation — a Lojban sentence, spoken with proper stress and [[denpa bu|pauses]] is uniquely segmentable into its component words, an invaluable tool in computer parsing of speech.
==You want to get some people into a room to listen to you talk about Lojban==<!--T:10-->
How do you do it?
* [[User:Björn Gohla|björn]]:
* suggestions beyond pulling some stuff off of [[What does it mean?|What Does It Mean?]]?
==You have an opportunity to talk to people about Lojban.==<!--T:11-->
They weren't expecting to hear about Lojban, but are all staying to listen to the next person talk. What do you say to make them want to hear more?
* [[User:Xod|xod]]:
*****I love what you've said about using lojban in conversation to get people interested. I have just begin learning lojban and I am really intrigued by it. I'm a writer, so I'm most excited to see how lojban can be used to create art. I'm enthralled by [[Lojban haikus]]. I'm excited to discover how lojban can be used to write poetry and other literature.
== Why Lojban? ==<!--T:12-->
This section contains various texts in English. They address the question "Why Lojban?" from many viewpoints.
* [http://pinstack.blogspot.com/2008/02/top-7-reasons-to-learn-lojban.html Top 7 Reasons to Learn Lojban]: by Daniel Piccirillo
* [http://www.lojban.org/files/why-lojban/whylojb.txt General discussion on 'Why Lojban?'], extracted from ju'i lobypli, includes JCB on Sapir Whorf. Many contributors.
== What's wrong with any other languages? ==<!--T:13-->
* [[Illogical English|Illogical English]]
== [[How did you discover Lojban?|How did others discover Lojban?]] ==
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