Learning a constructed language can have many benefits for personal and professional development. A constructed language is a language that has been deliberately created by a person or a group, such as a research institution, rather than evolving naturally over time. Some constructed language examples are Esperanto, Klingon, Toki Pona, Elefen, and Dothraki.
One of the benefits of learning a constructed language is that it can enhance one's cognitive abilities and linguistic skills. Learning a new language can improve one's memory, creativity, problem-solving, and analytical thinking. It can also help one to understand the structure and logic of natural languages better, as well as to appreciate the diversity and richness of human communication.
Another benefit of learning a constructed language is that it can open up new opportunities and experiences. Learning a constructed language can allow one to access new cultures, literature, art, and media that are based on or influenced by that language. For example, learning Esperanto can enable one to join a global community of speakers who share common values and ideals. Learning Klingon can allow one to enjoy Star Trek more deeply and interact with other fans. Learning Dothraki can allow one to immerse oneself in Game of Thrones and appreciate its linguistic creativity.
A third benefit of learning a constructed language is that it can be fun and rewarding. Learning a constructed language can be a challenging and stimulating activity that can provide satisfaction and enjoyment. It can also be a way of expressing one's personality, interests, and passions. Learning a constructed language can be a hobby, an art form, or a game that can enrich one's life.
I know two constructed languages and understand many other
I stumbled upon the first constructed language that I learned, which was Esperanto when I was reading about Linguistics. It didn't spark my interest in the beginning, however, the more I read about other articles, the more I encountered the topics about Esperanto. Many learners claim it to be the easiest and most neutral language that bridges people from different cultures. The word "easiest" caught my attention in the very first place. Who doesn't like to learn the "easiest" language?
After researching and learning Esperanto, I'm here to tell you that I admit Esperanto is one of the easiest languages that I have learned. My experience certainly differs from yours because prior to learning Esperanto, I already knew Spanish, Portuguese, and French. Esperanto gradually opened its international world up to me. I met so many international people very easily through the close-knit international communities of Esperanto speakers. Many people that I met in these communities don't know English well. So, our friendship wouldn't have happened without Esperanto. You might not believe me if I tell you that I even teach Esperanto actively until today!
If I learned Esperanto because of its easiness, I learned Toki Pona because of its simplicity. Many learners claim Toki Pona to be the simplest language in the world. It allows you to express yourself as much as possible in the most minimalist way possible. Who doesn't like to learn the "simplest" language? I also learned about Toki Pona from my reading about Linguistics.
Toki Pona is rather an interesting language than a useful language for human communication. It was not created to become an auxiliary language but as a tool to test the hypothesis that human beings can communicate in a very simple way although not entirely effectively. It has less than 130 core words that are enough to cover most of our necessity to communicate. You can memorize these words in just a matter of days. Whether you can use it well in your communication or not, depends on your creativity and logic. I am also teaching Toki Pona actively until today!
Other constructed languages
My interest in constructed languages grew significantly after "tasting" my first constructed language. I did more research on constructed languages, and I found out that there are abundant constructed languages based on Romance languages, and I am familiar with two of them: Elefen and Interlingua. Having known Romance languages, like Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Esperanto I can understand these Romance-based constructed languages easily. I joined their groups and I enjoyed reading their conversation in these constructed languages. It is amazing how much I understand a language without learning it.
In conclusion, learning a constructed language can have many benefits for personal and professional development. It can enhance cognitive abilities and linguistic skills, open up new opportunities and experiences, and provide fun and rewards. Learning a constructed language can be a worthwhile endeavor for anyone who is interested in languages and cultures.