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*Lojban is culturally neutral, as far as such things are achievable. The base vocabulary was generated using an algorithm and words from the (at the time of its creation) 6 most spoken languages on Earth, averaging them out. The Lojban community strives to maintain this neutrality.
*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==
How do you do it?
* [[User:Björn Gohla|björn]]:
** You could try to talk to people that you know deal with formal languages (like computer science professors or linguists) and will be able to bring in other people (like their students).
<!--* Dunno, I've been trying for some time now, my score is zero, but I'm going into advertising (Lojban, not professional) in about 6 months :-)
* [[User:Jay Kominek|Jay Kominek]]:
** How were you planning on advertising? I'm currently running text ad campaigns on two websites (find [[User:Jay Kominek|Jay Kominek]] on [[Lojban IRC]] if you'd like to know which two). The keyword targeted one pulls 1%, the one on a tech website is pulling about 1.8% (CTR).
*** Nooo! Just adds on campus-->
==You've got some people in a room, and they want to listen to you talk about Lojban==
What do you say?
* Get a couple of nice weird examples
* 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.==
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 once started teaching Lojban to two friends using that intro brochure from a few years ago. Unfortunately they didn't have the attention span needed to get past 2 months. Well, you can't sell Lojban on its usefulness, so the only thing people might be interested in are the Sapir-Whorf effects unless they are conlang nerds.
* [[jezrax|jezrax]]:
**I tried giving examples of cool language features, like '''na'i''' and fancy uses of connectives. And space tenses. This had no visible effect!
* What happens when you shock the subject with 120VAC or so, and then describe attitudinals?
* Yup...don't expect to impress girls at a party by explaining how nifty '''najo''' is.
* [[User:Jay Kominek|Jay Kominek]]:
** You need to go to linguistics cocktail parties. (disclaimer: I've been trying to find a computer science cocktail party for years without luck. YMMV.)
** Fine...you don't impress <u>cute</u> girls at a party...
* We need to start a rumor that Lojban makes you <u>smarter</u>.
** That shouldn't be hard on the Internet...
** We need to make Lojban <u>cool</u>. People who are trendsetters throwing Lojban words into their casual conversation. Bands with Lojban names. Mentions by top science fiction authors (you know who you are). Find a way to work references to Lojban into every other subject you natter about in discussion groups. Make people feel out-of-it if they need to have Lojban explained to them. Make it the subject of your <u>art</u>.
*** Naah, the last immediate thing we need is for Lojban to be "cool", Elvish is considered cool, especially since the movie came out, and now the mailing list is cluttered with semantic nonsense that must make JRRT turn in his grave. Cool can come when there is plenty of material available.
*** It would be interesting if intellectuals dropped lojban phrases the way they used to with Latin or French, with the understanding that all educated people would understand them. This is more justified if the imported phrase describes a concept hard to phrase in English (like ''angst'' or ''schadenfreude''), or that would be overly wordy in English (e.g. ''vice versa'', ''post hoc''). But for that to occur, you literalists would have to drop the requirement that any new [[lujvo]] or phrasing be easily translatable into English; what you've dubbed "understandable".
****pit:
*****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? ==
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