Just ran across, a website that seems to have a domain name that appears to speak for its lonely self.

Esperanto can be referred to as a "universal auxiliary language". That is a mouthful for sure.

It is also called a constructed or invented language.

Whatever it is, it waxes glossopoetic.

From Website

Esperanto is the most widely spoken constructed international language. The name derives from Doktoro Esperanto, the pseudonym under which L. L. Zamenhof first published the Unua Libro in 1887. Zamenhof's goal was to create an easy and flexible language as a universal second language to foster peace and international understanding.

Although no country has adopted the language officially, it has enjoyed continuous usage by a community estimated at between 100,000 and 2 million speakers. Today, Esperanto is employed in world travel, correspondence, cultural exchange, conventions, literature, language instruction, television (Internacia Televido) and radio broadcasting.
It is estimated that there are more than a thousand native speakers of the language.

There is evidence that learning Esperanto before another foreign language improves one's ability to learn that language — so much so that it takes less time to learn both than it would to learn just the second.


Submitted by opal myth on Tue, 07/17/2007 - 02:37