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Esperanto

Thanks for the interesting article mentioning Solresol and Esperanto. Many ill-informed people think Esperanto “never took off”—other ignorant people say that if human beings were meant to fly, God would have given them wings.

Esperanto is neither artificial nor a failure, however. As the British government now employs Esperanto translators, it has ceased to be a hobby. More recently this international language was used to address the United Nations in Bonn.

Followin a short period of 125 years Esperanto is now in the top 100 languages, out of 6,800 worldwide. It is the twenty-second-most-used language in Wikipedia, ahead of Danish and Arabic. It is a language choice of Google, Skype, Firefox, Ubuntu 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 Russia; and Nobel laureate Daniel Bovet. Financier George Soros learnt Esperanto as a child.

Esperanto is a living language—see #! A new online course  has 125,000 hits per day, and Esperanto Wikipedia enjoys 400,000 hits per day. That can’t be bad!

Brian Barker

London

Apr 6 2013 - 8:52pm

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