More people are learning Esperanto these days
Esperanto is a language that, like all other languages, has its own culture, literature, magazines ... But not about a country. The language cannot be assigned to any country or people, but to a community of speakers who are capable of it. About 2 million people around the world from 120 different countries have learned it. Esperanto is a universal language. Why do people learn Esperanto? This is exactly what we are devoting ourselves to today: why learn Esperanto? For those who want to get a quick overview, we have also summarized the most important reasons to learn Esperanto in a video. We are on the trail of this universal language that was created more than 120 years ago. (Updated: 17/09/2018)
Reasons why you should learn Esperanto
Esperanto is the Creation of a human, more precisely by Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof, who also goes by the nameDoctor of Esperanto(Doctor Esperanto, the namesake of the language) is known. He spoke of this universal language for the first time in 1887 in a work called “International Language”. Since then it has been learned by people from around 120 different countries and it is spoken by more than 2 million people ... although it is always a bit difficult to pinpoint the exact number of speakers of a language around the world. What is the interest in learning Esperanto? Why do so many people rush into the adventure of “learning Esperanto” without a country belonging to it? As a reminder, you can also find the most important reasons in this video from our YouTube channel with tips and tricks for language learning.
1 #: Esperanto is an international language
That is a good reason. Esperanto does not belong to a people or country, but the language belongs to a community of people. These people chose Esperanto for communication, not with neighbors or work colleagues, but to speak to people from all over the world, freely and without barriers.
By the way, the idea of the creator of the language was to invent a universal language to finally get this one Language barrier problem to get rid of the world that prevents certain communities from mutual understanding, or also prevents global discussions on topics that concern us all. If the whole world spoke ONE universal language, we would have a global outlook, and a new perspective on social, cultural and political issues that concern us all.
2 #: Esperanto is a language with a full culture
The culture of a language is often associated with one ideal connected: that the whole world Access to an international means of communicationwithout any linguistic discrimination. What does linguistic discrimination actually mean?
It's simple: people who have a dominant language as their mother tongue, such as English in particular, do not need to learn a language in order to be understood, to acquire knowledge, or even to do international business. If a country wants to participate in international trade these days, it is done in English. Because English is the business language. But the fact that some (or many) people have to learn this language in addition to their mother tongue does not mean that they can be put on the same level as native speakers. They learned English as children and therefore have a perfect command of the language. You can also speak of discrepancies when you want to enter the international business world.
Esperanto was designed with the idea of abolishing linguistic discrimination: the same starting point for everyone, everyone has to learn this language in order to be able to communicate. Quasi a neutral language. Incidentally, another goal of language is the idea of transnational educational opportunities: equal access to knowledge for everyone regardless of nationality or standard of living.
Reason 3: It's an easy language to learn
Esperanto was considered one quick and easy to learn language constructed. You should be able to learn the language 5 times faster than other languages. Although some languages are of course easier to learn than others, Esperanto is really user-friendly: there are only 16 grammar rules (no more, no less), regular spelling, a single way of reading a letter, a sound, and one Conjugation based on mathematical logic. Would you like a few examples?
The regular spelling
- Nouns end with -o
- Adjectives end with -a
- Adverbs end with -e
- Plural forms end with -j (pronounced “i”)
And a few more word examples: bela means beautiful granda means big, tablo means table. And in the plural: belaj grandaj tabloj means beautiful (adjective in the plural) large (adjective in the plural) tables (nouns in the plural). Easy to understand, easy to use.
The vocabulary is formed by adding a prefix or suffix:
- to express the opposite, add “mal-” to the beginning of a word. So it turns out bela (beautiful)malbela (ugly).
- for a diminutive, add an “-et” to the end of the word. Libro is a book libreto is a booklet.
- to print an enlargement, add “-eg” to the end of the word. Rivero is a river riverego is a great stream.
The language also allows the saving of words. For example, to express a grouping like a herd of cows, just add "-aro" to the end of the word: bovino is called cow, bovinaro is a herd of cows.
To learn the language it is enough to learn about a hundred words and the To understand logic some math and the construction of the vocabulary. All in all, not very complicated.
4 #: To travel around the world cheaply
The last reason: the fact that we speak the same language can bring us closer together ... by the way, this has already been achieved very well among the Esperanto speakers. Because learning Esperanto gives access to a so-called pasporta servo. What's this?
It could be described as a service or network of accommodation for Esperanto speakers around the world, and at a very low cost. If you want to learn Esperanto, and if you want to travel around the world, all you have to do is contact other Esperanto speakers. So you can 1. meet lots of new people and 2. travel cheaply. Sounds good right?
How can you learn Esperanto these days?
If, like me, you feel like it, yourself To learn Esperanto, you should know that there are many resources on the Internet to immerse yourself in the adventure of “learning Esperanto”. Here is a list of pages you can take a look at:
- a free site for learning Esperanto, available in several languages: lernu!
- The website of the German Esperanto Federation with lots of information: Esperanto in Germany
- The accommodation service for Esperanto speakers: Pasporta Servo (of course you have to speak Esperanto to understand the website)
- The Esperanto alphabet with pronunciation
On all of the above sites you can find tools (books, magazines, audio resources ...) to learn the language, or at least to become familiar with it. A small plus: at MosaLingua we are also thinking about developing an app that will help you learn Esperanto. We'll keep you up to date 😉
Of course, as with learning any other language, it helps to know about the following topics:
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Until next time!
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