What if you could communicate in a fair way with people who don’t share your native language while promoting linguistic diversity? That’s the goal of Esperanto language.
It was created by the Polish ophthalmologist L. L. Zamenhof in 1887. He first described the language in The International Language, which he published in five languages under the pseudonym “Doktoro Esperanto” (Esperanto as “the one who hopes”). Zamenhof’s goal was to create an easy language that would serve as a universal second language to foster world peace and international understanding, and to build a “community of speakers”.
Zamenhof had high hopes for the language and believed that it could deliver peace to the world by eliminating conflicts that arise from linguistic and cultural differences. Unfortunately, this didn’t work out so well. The proof? World War I.
In what country do they speak Esperanto?
The Esperanto language is a language (almost) like any other, but where is Esperanto spoken? It has its own culture, literature, magazines, etc. However, unlike all other languages, the Esperanto language does not have its own country, nor does it have its own people.
What it has instead is a community. The Esperanto language is a supranational language that goes beyond the confines of a given nation. So, do many people speak Esperanto? 2 million speakers have learned it!
How long does it take to learn Esperanto?
There are many reasons to learn this language, but we suggest the 4 most important ones: it’s an international language, it has a different culture, you can use it to travel around the world and, above all, it’s easy to learn!
Statistically speaking, people can learn it up to 5 times faster than other languages. That’s because there are just 16 grammar rules, easy spelling, only one way to write each sound, and conjugation that is based on mathematical logic.
Esperanto language and its easy grammar rules
Esperanto is a constructed language intended to be used for neutral international communication. There are only 16 basic rules of Esperanto grammar and they’re very easy to learn. Here are some of them:
- There is no indefinite article. There is only a definite article la, alike for all genders, cases and numbers (as the English the).
- Nouns have the ending -o. To form the plural, add the ending -j. There are only two cases: nominative and accusative; the latter can be obtained from the nominative by adding the ending -n. The other cases are expressed with the aid of prepositions (genitive by de, dative by al, ablative by per or other prepositions, according to meaning).
- The verb does not change for person or number. All forms of the passive are formed with the aid of the corresponding form of the verb esti (English to be) and the passive participle of the required verb; the preposition with the passive is de (in English, it’s by).
- As for pronunciation, every word is read as it is written. This should make immediate sense.
- The accent always falls on the next-to-last syllable (vowel). When accenting a noun with an elided -o, the accent always falls where it would if the -o were still there.
- The final vowel of the noun and the article may be dropped and replaced by an apostrophe.
How to learn the Esperanto Language
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