Constructed Languages Slovio A Useful Artificial Language?

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Friday 10th of November 2006 02:05:23 AM
Slovio: I don't know how many of you have heard of Slovio...actually I just heard today...Here is what the creator says of the language:

Slovio, is the international simplified Slavic language, as simple as Esperanto but understood by some 400 million people around the world. This makes Slovio one of the most widely understood languages around the world. This international language is gaining, daily, new ground: because it is as simple as the simplest constructed language and at the same time can be put to an immediate daily use for communication with some 400 million speakers. Unlike traditional Slavic langauges, it uses only the most basic latin alphabet, without any accents or special characters, and it can be typed on any keyboard - including the U.S. keyboard. You will be amazed how many people will understand you, how many people will talk to you! Slovio will open up a whole new world for you, for your business, for your website, for your products, for profits, for education, for friendship and for pleasure. Slovio is the planned language of choice for modern people. Simple logical grammar, simple phonetic spelling, and full compatibility with all European languages - only simpler. Current Slovio dictionary contains nearly 40 thousand words, names and expressions. That is more words than some "natural" languages. Enter the Slovio World! Learn Slovio now!

Here is a sample text in the latin and cyrillic scrypts:

Новйу межународйу йазика! Што ес Словио? Словио ес новйу межународйу йазика ктор разумийут чтирсто милион лудис на целойу земла. Словио можете употребит дла гворение со чтирсто милион славйу Лудис от Прага до Владивосток; от Санкт Петербург через Варшава до Варна; от Средземйу Морие и от Северйу Морие до Тихйу Океан. Словио имайт простйу, логикйу граматиа и Словио ес идеалйу йазика дла днесйу лудис. Учийте Словио тпер!

Novju mezxunarodju jazika!

Sxto es Slovio? Slovio es novju mezxunarodju jazika ktor razumijut cxtirsto milion ludis na celoju zemla. Slovio mozxete upotrebit dla gvorenie so cxtirsto milion slavju Ludis ot Praga do Vladivostok; ot Sankt Peterburg cxerez Varsxava do Varna; ot Sredzemju Morie i ot Severju Morie do Tihju Okean. Slovio imajt prostju, logikju gramatia i Slovio es idealju jazika dla dnesju ludis. Ucxijte Slovio tper!

Incredibly, as I Macedonian I must say I was suprised that it actually works. Yes, I do understand it very well... I'm not a fan of artificial languages, but still this one can actually serve a function for some people. If it works for all the Slav peoples as it does for Macedonians, one would be understood by every 15th person on Earth. Not so bad for a artificial language. What do you guys think?

Friday 10th of November 2006 12:32:23 PM
This looks good! :) I think I would learn it :)

Friday 10th of November 2006 08:23:38 PM
Very interesting! A serious contestor to Esperanto. Of course, I prefer Esperanto. I'm biased! :D I already speak French and English. Heem, I might even learn some of this language though!

Tuesday 14th of November 2006 02:04:32 PM
Hmm... I would learn both Esperanto and Slovio! :D

Heh, I wonder if Slovio can help me with my Serbian :p

Tuesday 14th of November 2006 05:18:41 PM
i doubt that you'll learn Serbian by learning Slovio. But it will help you understand Serbian better. Anyway, you might be better off just learning Serbian. After all, it's a living language (plus it's the most beautiful slavic language). I haven't heard ukrainian and belorussian spoken, but even though they say ukrainian is very beautiful, i find it unlikely that's more so than serbian.

I have betrayed Macedonian with my words. :)

Tuesday 14th of November 2006 07:14:47 PM
Hehe... I won't be learning Serbian THROUGH Slovio :p but like you said, I just hope it helps me understand Serbian better. :D

Hmm... personally, I haven't heard either Serbian or Ukrainian, live as in, in person yet. :(

Tuesday 14th of November 2006 08:44:19 PM
As much as would like such a universal slavic language to exist, I must say with regret that it does not sound very understandable to Polish ears :( It seems to be based more on Russian, so unless you know some Russian you may indeed have problems understanding it at times :/

Tuesday 14th of November 2006 11:30:52 PM
I have never studied Russian, and yet it's understandable to me. However, I guess the slavic group is too big and diverse, so it's unlikely that one language can cover all those differences (even though it does so with Macedonian and Russian).

Monday 27th of November 2006 09:15:56 AM
Slovio: I first heard of Slovio a few years ago. I've studied Russian and Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian and Slovio is pretty easy for me to understand. Polish, however, is totally beyond me. I guess there might be enough difference between Polish and the other languages that Slovio won't work with Polish speakers. I started to study Slovio, but at the time, there were only a few materials on the site without any real lessons. I checked again the other day and it seems to be a bit better now. However, they're still in the process of making the language more usable, so there may not be much organizaton for some time.


Tuesday 12th of December 2006 12:14:10 PM
I've never heard of Slovio before, so thanks for posting more info on it Marjan. I'll have a look at it when my exams are over.

I understood completely the text you've posted, but I do agree that it feels much closer to a mixture of Russian and Bulgarian to my ears, than to any of the West Slavic languages (although who am i to speak when I've never studied west Slavic languages in great depth).

No much Serbian and Croatian in that passage either. Serbian words there: што, милион, на, можете, до, и, океан

Ahhhh, and I wanted to thank you very much for making me feel so good about my mother tongue ;)
I also believe Serbian is a very beautiful language and I'll stop at that before anyone accuses me of being biased...but ;) :p

Friday 22nd of December 2006 11:34:01 PM
Yeah, there aren't many words from Serbian and Macedonian, but even though the words are a bit different, they are somehow understandable.

From what I read, Slovio appears to be based mainly on the East and South Slavic languages, so it's no wonder if the Poles don't understand it. Too bad though...

And about Serbian, it's a nice language, but don't be all snobby now when I said that :).
Joking aside, you now have a good excuze for being biased. :)

Wednesday 10th of January 2007 10:25:27 AM
Originally posted by Marjan
And about Serbian, it's a nice language, but don't be all snobby now when I said that :).
Joking aside, you now have a good excuze for being biased. :)

Excuse me Sir, who's being all snobby??? :p ;) worries. I do have a lot of respect for all languages and there's a number of them I consider to be really beautiful. Serbian is just one of them ;)

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