Ever wanted to learn more about Esperanto?
According to many learners and speakers of the language, Esperanto can be a very easy language to learn – at least that was the idea, and of course some will encounter more success than others. The first Esperanto book to detail the language was published in 1887 with the intention of being a language to unify the world. The conlang was created by Polish born physician Ludwik Lazarus Zamenhof as a simpler alternative to learning many different languages and with the intention of creating peace and prosperity amongst all nations, the name “Esperanto” translates to “one who hopes.”
Esperanto’s success may have been a touch underwhelming in the grand scheme of things but nonetheless continued to march on as the largest and most widely spoken auxiliary language in the world, with estimates of global speakers ranging from around 200,000 to upwards of 2,000,000. (I know, sort of a big discrepancy, but it’s hard to quantify a language spoken randomly throughout the world.) It is estimated that around 1,000 people speak Esperanto as their first language.
Esperanto is not an official language of any country at the moment, but it is recognized by such organizations as UNESCO. It is also the language of instruction at San Marino’s International Academy of Sciences. The intention behind this institution’s decision, in keeping with the tradition of Esperanto, is that since science is for all people, the pursuit of progress and enlightenment should not belong to nations but to a unified human understanding.
With a vibrant community of speakers the world over, Esperanto can claim a fascinating culture all its own that is free of any one nation, ethnicity or religion. There is a strong online presence and many web-based communities through which speakers can communicate, practice and improve their language.
Do we have any speakers of Esperanto here? We’d like to hear from you!
Is it as easy to learn as some claim? What inspired you to take up this language?
It has been suggested that learning Esperanto can make learning more languages easier. Do you find this to be true or false?
If this post has managed to pique your interest in learning Esperanto you should consider checking out http://en.lernu.net/. They offer a lot of resources for the aspiring speaker including a relatively large community of speakers, which is what learning Esperanto is really about isn’t it?
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