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.
Apr 6 2013 - 8:52pm