Esperanto: An International Language
You cannot travel to a village in China and speak to anyone you come across unless you know Chinese. You can’t ask for directions in the Middle East unless you know Arabic.
Not everyone speaks English. Even though it is considered an international language with over 980,000,000 first- and second-language users worldwide.
To solve the language barrier problem, Dr. Ludwig L. Zamenhof, a Polish-Jewish ophthalmologist, created an international auxiliary language he named Esperanto, which translates as “one who hopes”.
He published a book detailing the grammar of Esperanto, Unua Libro, on the 26th of July 1887.
What Is An International Auxiliary Language?
International Auxiliary Languages, or IAL for short, are languages intended for communication between two people who don’t share a common first language.
Latin, Greek, and the Mediterranean Lingua Franca were used in the past.
Arabic, English, French, Russian, Spanish, and Standard Chinese are used in many parts of the world today as IAL’s.
Many IAL’s were constructed throughout history, but none of them became as widely-used as Esperanto.
Is Esperanto Easy?
When Zamenhof created Esperanto, he wanted it to be easy to learn.
It was created based on the vocabulary of Indo-European languages.
Esperanto has no word genders, no complicated conjugations, and no rule exceptions. The vocabulary is easy, and it is pronounced exactly as it’s spelled.
Where is Esperanto Spoken?
There are no countries that recognize Esperanto as a secondary official language. But, that doesn’t mean it’s not used.
There are millions of Esperanto speakers. They even made their own culture.
There are books in Esperanto both original and translated. Esperanto magazines are regularly published, such as Revuo Esperanto and Juna Amiko.
There are also annual Esperanto events for Esperanto speakers to gather and have fun.
Interested In Learning Esperanto?
Esperanto is one of the easiest languages to learn.
Benny Lewis, a polyglot who is fluent in seven languages and can hold a conversation in many more, recommends learning Esperanto to speed up the learning process of other languages.
Learn how to learn a language with Esperanto and apply what you learned in other languages you wish to learn.
The perfect place to learn Esperanto is Lernu.net. It is free and has a great learning community.