An Artificial Language

Some languages are considered for “business” others are considered for “love,” but what about a language made for the hope of peace and practicality?1908-kl-t-zamenhof

Esperanto was created in the late 1870’s, early 1880’s by a Russian ophthalmologist, Ludwig Lazarus Zamenhof. Zamenhof noted how people were separated and hostile with one another not only by their nation, but by their language.

What better way to bridge the gap between people then create a universal language with no nation?

Esperanto is said to be an easy language to learn because the language lacks irregular verbs.

Indo-European based languages might find Esperanto easier than Asian languages from its vocabulary deriving from Italian, French, German, English, with a few Latin, Greek and Lithuanian words.

The language has grown to as little as 10,000 speakers and as large as over 2 million, depending on the fluency of the individual with some even as native speakers.

But Esperanto is an artificial language with no nation, surely it’s impossible to have any native speakers? Not so. Parents with an interest in the language taught their children as babies, and so the children grew up to be native speakers of the language.

Zamenhof’s dream of the Esperanto language becoming THE universal language may have failed, but considering how the artificial language has no nation the amount of speakers is surprisingly high.

Esperanto nearly became the League of Nations working language, but the delegate Frenchman Gabriel Hanotaux prevented it for fear of the French no longer being the leading international language.

However, Esperanto may have a renewed come back by being established as the official language of the European union.

Maybe you’re not part of the European union. Want to learn Esperanto, but can’t find a good enough excuse to start learning the language? Here’s this: those who speak Esperanto often times gain free lodging in countries all over the world. The reason? Esperanto has no home of its own, so others give it one.

 

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