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What is Esperanto?

Do you know what Esperanto is?

If you are like many people, you  may never have heard the linguistic term Esperanto. Esperanto was introduced in the year 1887 as an international language that was neutral in nature. It was thought up by an ophthalmologist by the name of Doctor L.L. Zamenhof who lived and practiced in the Western Russian Empire. The aim of developing this neutral language was to make communication with people more easily accessible. The hope was that it would eventually be made into a second international language (along with English) that would be practical for all people to learn so that conflicts could be solved easier and reaching peace would be more feasible.

Unfortunately, the only breakthrough that Esperanto made was that it became a living and breathing language that spanned throughout the generations. This lead to thousands of people across the world knowing Esperanto. There are even groups for people who speak this language, one that is called The Universal Esperanto Association. This group has members from more than 100 countries around the world. Though there are still many who have not yet heard of it, it is a language that is vital and provides several practical uses and services to those who speak it.

While the majority of languages take a long time to learn well, Esperanto has been proven easier and faster to learn. In fact, for most people it only takes about 1/3 of the time to learn as it does any other foreign language. Esperanto is phonemically written. This means that one sound is equal to one letter. Plus, the grammar is typical and extremely regular. The phonology is just as international as it could possibility be and when spoken it sounds a lot like Italian and Spanish. The vocabulary of this language is compounded from elements than are smaller than usual as compared to other languages which makes the lexical elements much fewer than with other languages for the max amount of international familiarity. It is suited for all kinds of purposes and has been used for more than a century by congresses around the world, as well as other informal world meetings. For couples who speak two separate languages, Esperanto is often used as the most common means of communication. Just as all other languages, Esperanto is forever evolving. It borrows items that are lexical in nature and forges new words and vocabulary from various resources, but yet it never loses its regularity and simplicity.

How interesting is it to know that such a language exists in our modern world? In my opinion it is pretty amazing! If  you think so too then please visit Esperanto.org to learn more about this exciting and interesting language that you may have just been introduced to for the first time!

 

One thought on “What is Esperanto?

  1. Nice introduction. A free resource for learning Esperanto, and connecting with an energetic online community, is Lernu.net. Lernu has more than 135,000 active accounts, and many active discussions and topics involving people from more than a hundred countries. Lernu will be launching an entirely new structure during the Spring of 2013, including new options and services, along with new learning materials.

     

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