The International Language – Esperanto

People say that music is the international language. However, is there an international spoken language? Today, English is the currency for international business and is the most popular language on the Web.

However, back in 1887, L.L. Zamenhof had a beautiful idea, to create a language that everyone in the world could understand. His language – Esperanto.

From the Esperanto Wikipedia article,

Esperanto is the most widely spoken constructed international auxiliary language.[2] The name derives from Doktoro Esperanto, the pseudonym under which L. L. Zamenhof published the first book of Esperanto, the Unua Libro, in 1887. The word esperanto means ‘one who hopes’. Zamenhof’s goal was to create an easy and flexible language that would serve as a universal second language to foster peace and international understanding.

Esperanto is an interesting idea and is an interesting language that is alive and in use today. A reader of this blog suggested an interesting Esperanto site: esperanto.net.

Esperanto.net provides a wealth of information about the Esperanto language. This site provides links to learn the language. It doesn’t appear difficult. Since the language was developed for international use, you will find that you know the meanings to or can guess the meanings to a variety of words. Here are some simple examples: amiko = friend, arbo = tree, domo = house, and strato = street.

This site provides a wealth of information, both pro and con. It is definitely worth bookmarking.

How popular is Esperanto today? I decided to use the YouTube test to answer this question. The YouTube test is simple. For this example, I typed Esperanto in the YouTube search field to see how many Esperanto videos I could find.

Esperanto easily passes the test. I found a variety of interesting and entertaining videos. Here are a few.

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I am a writer and ESL teacher who enjoys the challenge of starting businesses. Currently, I am a JuicePlus distributor (www.acohentakesjuiceplus.com) who is using this business opportunity as the foundation of a social entrepreneurship project.
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12 Responses to The International Language – Esperanto

  1. Bill Chapman says:

    Gratulon! Congratulation on a fair presentation of an exciting and dynamic language. I’ve used it on my travels for work and pleasure for many years and I warmly recommend it.

    You’ve mentioned some major web sites, but it really is worth wandering around the web to see what else you can find.

  2. acohen843 says:

    Bill,

    Than k you for your comments. I agree, a search is the best way to find more information.

  3. David Kelso says:

    Another interesting thing about Esperanto is that is is the ideal stepping-stone to learning OTHER languages ! Because of its simplicity and regularity, learners progress much more rapidly than with so-called ethnic languages and in that way develop the ‘language awareness’ that bilingual people have, single-language people lack, and which is the basis of successful language-learning ……….

  4. Angela says:

    Indeed! And if you’d like to see just how the above ideas are being put into practice into schools, have a peep at: http://www.springboard2languages.org

  5. acohen843 says:

    Angela,

    Thank you. I will take a look at this site.

    Alan

  6. acohen843 says:

    David, Thanks for the interesting comment. I teach many Latino students. I may have my students explore taking a look at Esperanto sometime.

  7. inga johanson says:

    I would like to give you some useful links aboout
    esperanto and teaching

    http://en.lernu.net/
    http://www.edukado.net/
    http://www.amikumu.com/
    http://ilei.info/index.php?lingvo=en
    http://www.tejo.org/en
    http://reta-vortaro.de/revo/
    http://esperanto.lodestone.org/ktp/fridujo/

    Good luck and do let me now if you used any of these links. I am eager to know.

  8. acohen843 says:

    Inga,

    Thank you for the links. I’ll take a look at them over the weekend. Been busy teaching.

  9. Eric Roth says:

    Thank you for sharing information on this often forgotten language experiment. While utopian in aspirations and driven by a fear of global warfare, Esperanto has never realized its potential for creating a truly international language.

    As the old saying goes, English remains the most popular international language – after money!

  10. Eric Roth says:

    Wonderful videos!

  11. geoffreyking says:

    Just one small correction to Eric Roth’s comment. Esperanto (like Mensa) has no opinions. You can use it for whatever purpose you choose, whether it’s the Universal Brotherhood of Mankind or neo-Nazi propaganda. In practice, of course, the “Utopian aspirations” are in the majority, but it isn’t compulsory!

  12. Paula says:

    I love everything about Esperanto. It’s just a fun language in general. I love the fact that it’s not associated with any one nation or people. I have a good feeling associated with Esperanto because it was developed with the intention of fostering peace and friendship.

    Please visit my blog in Esperanto and English: http://paulaesperanto.wordpress.com/

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