What is Esperanto?
With an estimated two million speakers and one million learners on Duolingo, it’s a good question. Esperanto is an “international” language, a second language for everyone. It was designed to be quicker and easier to learn.
So, if New Zealanders want to speak with Greeks, or if someone from Mexico wants to speak with someone from Kuwait, there is no need to learn a lot of different languages. If we all could speak Esperanto besides our own mother tongue, then it would be so much easier to communicate and share ideas and friendship.
How did Esperanto come about?
Esperanto was created by L. L. Zamenhof in Poland, while he was studying medicine. He came up with a simple grammar and vocabulary and the idea just developed from there. He published the first book on Esperanto in 1887. The International Language has now spread throughout the world and there about two million people who speak Esperanto in over 100 countries, from the deserts of Africa to the islands of Japan.
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Tim Morely thinks that every student should learn Esperanto. In this unexpected and persuasive talk, he makes the case that this constructed language can set up a kid for a lifetime of learning languages.