1) Is this part of a plan to dominate the earth by wiping out all native tongues?
No. Kah is intended as an auxiliary and therefore second language only. Every native language is a part of the cultural heritage and history of mankind and therefore deserves active preservation.
2) Can’t we all just switch to English/Chinese/Spanish/Inuktitut?
Reality is indeed that languages who predominate in a certain region or field automatically are picked up as a second language by people who are confronted with it frequently. However, in this time of globalization and/through the internet there is not one language that can guarantee you access to all information or getting in touch with anybody. Also, each of the most widely spoken languages is associated with a certain culture, set of values, political system and/or religion so can actually be perceived as a barrier instead of a means of communication.
3) Okay, but why would we even want to switch to one language for international communication?
Let’s talk money for instance. The European Union spends over 300 million euros a year solely on translating official documents in 23 official languages. This automatically means about a hundred non-official languages are excluded.
An international organization like the UN spends over 5 billion dollar each year on translations (in only 6 official languages excluding roughly 6000 others).
4) How could an artificial language be a better option?
An artificial auxiliary language does not have native speakers. Therefore, there are no politics or ethnic sentiments interfering with its implementation which would rear their head in case an existing neighbouring language would be granted an official status. Also each of the world predominant languages has certain features hard to overcome by possible secondary speakers, such as their spelling or writing system, sounds or grammar.
5) Doesn’t Esperanto/Ido/Novial/Bloppablop cover this already?
Yes and no. Esperanto is a fully functioning artificial auxiliary language with a great community. Unfortunately it is not culturally neutral as most of its lexicon was derived from European languages. Speakers from languages outside the regions where these are spoken are not as familiar with the vocabulary and phonology as westerners are.
6) So this is one of those languages that will learn itself?
No, and neither will it do your laundry. Altough Kah is designed to be easier to pick up than natural languages, mastering it is not a freeride. Just like any other language you need to cram all those new words and rules into your grey matter. This means one has to invest time and attention to it, but not as much as a natural language would require. In order to make this even easier a Memrise course and a Useful Phrases section are are available.
7) Can I help?
Yes, please. We appreciate all input. Propose new words, come up with crazy new promotional material, drag in your friends.
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