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Ever since Zein posted a comment under the Purism or Pluralism? article from a ways back, I’ve been examining some of Esperanto’s “competitors.” I use the word “competitor” lightly, because it’s unfair to say that a language with essentially the same goals as Esperanto should be placed in an adversarial context. Perhaps we could refer to them as alternatives? Regardless, a fairly new and interesting auxiliary language has come into being within the last year, called Ardano.
I’m not entirely sure what to make of Ardano yet. From what I’ve seen there’s only a single book in existence about it. However, you can find free lessons in it online. There’s a popup-laden Ardano website here, where you can find lessons, a listing for Ardano under Yahoo Groups, and a Google Site that contains information and links about it.
While I doubt a mere mention of Ardano would be enough to persuade any devoted Esperantist to jump ship entirely, I do think Ardano may be worth a look. Nobody says you must forget Esperanto in order to study Ardano, after all! Comment if you have anything you’d like to say about it.