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Esper-What?
Brief History and Culture

What is Esperanto?

Esperanto is the most widely spoken constructed international aŭiliary language; it was created for the purpose of international use, and is not an official language of any specific geographic location. In the late 19th century, Ludwik L. Zamenhof created the language, and in 1887 published the book “Unua Libro” (First Book) under the pseudonym of Dr. Esperanto. The goal was to create a common second language that could be used to harbor peace and communication. For more information, see the wikipedia page.

Why Learn this Language?

  1. The language is easy to learn relative to other languages:
    1. The rules are consistent, with almost no exceptions
    2. No word genders
    3. Consistent verb conjugations
    4. Flexible word order
    5. Words sounds exactly as written, with no exception
  2. You will quickly learn the fundamentals of how to learn a second language so that future languages are easier to pick up
  3. The community is very accepting and helpful
  4. There’s an opportunity to travel using Pasporta Servo

Esperanto Culture

Many people say Esperanto can’t have a culture, because it doesn’t originate from a particular nation or region. But as a very tight-knit community, Esperanto has developed particular ideas and customs that could be described as a culture. Evildea, a popular Esperanto youtube vlogger, has a video that describes Esperanto’s culture really well. In general, the community is extremely welcoming of all kinds of people and ideas. It has music, literature, poetry and a whole history of its own. The video goes much more in-depth, and we highly recommend watching it.

Let’s Learn!

If you’re interested in trying out this language, then continue on to the second lesson.

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