Thursday, October 08, 2009

Ĉu vi parolas Esperanton?









there is a made up language called esperanto that, while not officially accepted by any country, is spoken by an estimated 100,000-2,000,000 people around the world.

in 1887 its creator, L.L. Zamenhof, spliced the most efficient characteristics of romanic and germanic languages under the pseudonym "the hopeful doctor" ("doktoro esperanto") to produce "...an easy and flexible language that would serve as a universal second language to foster peace and international understanding."

esperanto is the official language of the international academy of science in san marino and if you listen carefully to the overhead announcements in the 1997 movie gattaca, you will hear that some of them are spoken in esperanto.

[esperanto on wikipedia]

1 comment:

  1. It's unfortunate that only a few people know that Esperanto has become a living language.

    During a short period of 122 years Esperanto is now in the top 100 languages, out of 6,800 worldwide, according to the CIA World factbook. It is the 22nd most used language in Wikipedia, and a language choice of Google, Skype, Firefox and Facebook.

    Native Esperanto speakers, (people who have used the language from birth), include World Chess Champion Susan Polger, Ulrich Brandenberg the new German Ambassador to NATO and Nobel Laureate Daniel Bovet.

    Your readers may be interested in the following video. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8837438938991452670

    A glimpse of the language can be seen at http://www.lernu.net

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