[ǝƃɐnƃuɐl] Esperanto: The international auxiliary language.

Bonan matenon kaj Feliĉa dimanĉo.

Good morning and Happy Sunday. Not really feeling very tech-ish today, so I thought I would post about something universal, and that’s language. Languages have always inspired me throughout my life. Like back in high school when I was forced to read The Canterbury Tales, or when I spent several months back and forth to Sao Paulo, Brazil, because I was also in high school and thought long distance relationships could actually work. But now I’m older. I watch boring French films, type upside down occasionally, and mostly complain in English, or middle finger emoji. Unfortunately I was unable to retain any knowledge of Middle English and can only speak a handful of Portuguese and French, though I understand both quite well when others are speaking it.

Tl;dr

I really like the language known as Esperanto. I can’t speak it, but it has an interesting history. Via Wikipedia…

Esperanto is a constructed international auxiliary language. It is the most widely spoken constructed language in the world. Its name derives from Doktoro Esperanto(“Esperanto” translates as “one who hopes”), the pseudonym under which physician and linguist L. L. Zamenhof published the first book detailing Esperanto, the Unua Libro, on 26 July 1887. Zamenhof’s goal was to create an easy-to-learn, politically neutral language that would transcend nationality and foster peace and international understanding between people with different languages.

esperanto-book-and-beveridge
Creepy Pic

ABOVE: Dr L.L. Zamenhof’s Fundamenta krestomatio de la lingvo Esperanto (1903)

Up to 2,000,000 people worldwide, to varying degrees, speak Esperanto, including perhaps 2,000 native speakers who learned Esperanto from birth. The World Esperanto Association has members in 120 countries. Its usage is highest in Europe, East Asia, and South America. lernu!, the most popular online learning platform for Esperanto, reported 150,000 registered users in 2013, and sees between 150,000 and 200,000 visitors each month. With about 222,000 articles, Esperanto Wikipedia is the 32nd-largest Wikipedia as measured by the number of articles, and the largest Wikipedia in a constructed language. On 22 February 2012, Google Translate added Esperanto as its 64th language.

The first World Congress of Esperanto was organized in France in 1905. Since then, congresses have been held in various countries every year, with the exceptions of years during the world wars. Although no country has adopted Esperanto officially, Esperanto was recommended by the French Academy of Sciences in 1921 and recognized by UNESCO in 1954, which recommended in 1985 that international non-governmental organizations use Esperanto. Esperanto was the 32nd language accepted as adhering to the “Common European Framework of Reference for Languages” in 2007.

Looks kinda like this I gather:

tradukoj-direktoj

Now I’ve never been somewhere and knowingly heard this language spoken irl, but I’m sure there is plenty of YouTube examples of it, so that’s what I’m going to be doing with my afternoon. If you are interested in reading any more comprehensive long-from articles about it see below:

How an artificial language from 1887 is finding new life online

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via Verge.com

Translating 17th century verse into Esperanto

esperanto-tools
Really good article

Anyway, Ĝuu la reston de la semajnfino! 🙂

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