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Is there anyone that has a conlang as their first/only language?

Yes. According to Wikipedia, Esperanto has 350 native speakers (data 1996). There is also a story about a linguist only speaking to his son in Klingon, but even though the child picked it up somewhat, ...
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Teaching children constructed languages

One guy taught his daughter Volapuk. There is a contemporary case of someone teaching their kids their personal conlang, she used to be active on one of Facebook's conlang groups. The revived ...
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Which features make a language easier to learn?

Difficult question. I think regularity would speed up learning, as children during language learning overgeneralise (see experiments with English past tense endings). Thus instead of learning the ...
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How do Romance-based naturalistic conlangs deal with the different principal parts of a verb?

I answer first for two of my own invented languages, Kerno and Loucarian. Since the question is now broadened to invented IALs, I choose to add several additional sections: Interlingua, Sabir, ...
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Are there convincing examples that auxiliary constructed languages are in fact easier to learn?

Some auxiliary languages are easier to learn than natural languages. There have been many experiments that show that Esperanto is both easier to learn than other languages, and also makes learning ...
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Is there anyone that has a conlang as their first/only language?

I’m going to try to avoid any kind of argument about politics, religion or what does or does not count as a “conlang,” and just give this as a historical case that I think is relevant to the spirit of ...
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Will I be able to read texts written in all Romance languages simply by learning Interlingua?

On their site it says: Millions understand Interlingua "at first sight". Speakers of Romance languages especially understand Interlingua immediately and almost effortlessly. Ideal for ...
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Are there any sites you can use to develop an online course for your own conlang?

Apparently folks can do this with Memrise, as evidenced by the Sajem Tan lessons. There's been talk that I found on Duolingo forums, but if they're at all serious, they probably won't allow "dabbling"...
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Teaching children constructed languages

There's a pretty badly written account (English translation) of someone's children learning Arka, though I have no idea if it's true. There's also the better-known case of d'Armond Speers teaching ...
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Which features make a language easier to learn?

Children learning an L1 have most of the same challenges as people in general learning an L2. Children learning a conlang, will have all of the problems of children learning a non-community language ...
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What features make a language easier to learn for people learning it as a second language?

It depends very much who your target audience is. It is easier to learn languages that are similar to your own; as a German speaker, learning English is not that hard, apart from the grammatical ...
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What features make a language easier to learn for people learning it as a second language?

Measuring Easiness I agree with Oliver that we measure language difficulty based on how hard it is to learn from a given native language. However, I still believe that we can come up with language ...
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Structure only conlang? Nouns?

It happens with sign languages - often there are two "versions" of a sign language, the first one (less official, natural) is generally used by the community and has its own grammar, the second one (...
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What features make a language easier to learn for people learning it as a second language?

I agree with everything Oliver Mason said. EDIT: After some more thought...for easiness that is only easy when in the presence of a first language, the question has the answer, which is: languages ...
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Has anyone tried learning and speaking Kesh?

I have the novel, but haven't yet read it, so can't say that I've tried learning Kesh. I used to (and may still) have the cassette tapes that came with some work about the Kesh. As I recall, it was ...
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If there was a group of perfect-pitched alien, who spoke in whistles, would humans without perfect pitch be able to learn that language of whistles?

I think no one knows this answer for the general case because no one knows whether all people can learn perfect pitch. I don't think we know what causes this "talent" to say what are its ...
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Will I be able to read texts written in all Romance languages simply by learning Interlingua?

No. Of course you won’t. You don’t just learn a language by staring at it. Like everything, learning a language takes time. I would recommend learning one of those languages.
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Will I be able to read texts written in all Romance languages simply by learning Interlingua?

Yes. And also No. Interlingua is certainly a "simplified" Romance language and much of the lexicon is shared with other Romance languages. But not all Romance languages are made alike. ...
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Are there any sites you can use to develop an online course for your own conlang?

Elon.io lets you make your own lessons and courses. It spaces your repetition of each word/phrase based on how often you have been getting it right. It provides computer pronunciation options based on ...
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How do Romance-based naturalistic conlangs deal with the different principal parts of a verb?

While international auxiliary conlangs based on Romance languages, such as the ones you're thinking of, typically get rid of most of the verbal conjugation, there are in fact naturalistic Romance-...
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