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Esperanto is...

Esperanto is a language introduced in 1887 by Dr. L.L. Zamenhof after years of development. He proposed Esperanto as a second language that would allow people who speak different native languages to communicate, yet at the same time retain their own languages and cultural identities. Esperanto doesn't replace anyone's language but simply serves as a common second language. Esperanto can be learned in much less time than any other language. (Some say that it is four times easier). Esperanto is politically unbiased.

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Although there aren't a lot of people who speak Esperanto in any one place, there are some almost everywhere. There are over a hundred periodicals regularly published in Esperanto. There are thousands of books in Esperanto, both translated and original works. There are millions of webpages.

People who speak Esperanto are internationally minded, concerned about social justice and peace, and are helping to preserve linguistic diversity. Meetings and conventions in America, Europe, and Asia provide a fun opportunity to travel and meet new people from around the world. In short...

  • Esperanto doesn't replace anyone's language but simply serves as a common second language.
  • Esperanto can be learned in much less time than any other language.
  • Esperanto is politically unbiased, helping to preserve minority languages and cultures.
  • Esperanto provides an opportunity to travel and meet new friends from around the world.
  • Esperanto is fun to learn and fun to speak!


You can request more information about Esperanto with our online form.

There is an outstanding set of videos produced in Brazil that provide examples about what Esperanto is. The films are in Esperanto, but include English subtitles. The video at the top of this page is from that series.

For a discussion of the language problem and how Esperanto is a good solution see A Second Language for Everyone.

For a full discussion of the language problem and Esperanto's role in solving it, see Don Harlow'sThe Esperanto Book.

Another good discussion of Esperanto and its many advantages is Sylvan Zaft's Esperanto: A Language for the Global Village.

A very brief introduction to Esperanto is Esperanto at a Glance.

Another description of Esperanto is A Key to the International Language Esperanto by R. Kent Jones and Christopher M. A. Zervic.

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A Better Clip

Dachjo RUTAN's picture

I'd like to suggest you display clip 2 from that series http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hsb4Jf8f4BI as it includes an english speaking narrator and is generally more informative than part one which is currently in place. Clip one is perhaps a good teaser, with a strong soundtrack, but hardly very informative.

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June 12, 2009 by Dachjo RUTAN, 5 years 24 weeks ago

NASK * 2014 jun 29 - jul 8 * Summer Courses

EO Esperanto: La bonega kursaro NASK - Nord-Amerika Somera Kursaro okazos de la 29-a de Junio ĝis la 8-a de Julio ĉe Viktorio, BC, Kanado, ĉe la Universitato de Viktorio.

EN English: The excellent North American Esperanto Summer Courses (NASK), will be happening from June 29 to July 8, at The University of Victoria, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

UEA Seminario Por Aktivula Maturigo * 2014 jul 9 - 10 * Strategy

EO Esperanto: Ĉu plaĉas al vi varbi? La UEA-seminario pri Aktivula Maturigo (AMO) – N-ro 2, okazos je 2014 julio 9-10 ĉe Sidneo, Brita Kolumbio, Kanado.

EN English: Want to get the word out? The Seminar about Strategy and Practice for Informing North America Aktivula Maturigo (AMO) - number 2, will be happening 2014 July 9-10 en Sidney, British Columbia, Canada.

Komuna Kongreso * 2014 Jul 11 - 14 * Communal Congress

EO Esperanto: La Landa Kongreso okazos ĉe Sidneo, BC, Kanado, 2014 julio 11-14, kune kun la Tut-Kanada konferenco de la Kanada Esperanto-Asocio (KEA).

EN English: The Annual US Esperanto Congress will be in Sidney, British Columbia, Canada, 11 - 14 July, 2014, along with the Canadian Annual Congress of the Canadian Esperanto Association (KEA).

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