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 is politically unbiased and can be learned in much less time than most any other language.
But why should I learn it?
Because it’s fun. Because you want to meet new people. Because you want to travel. Because you love languages. Really, any reason is a great reason.
The Esperanto community is thriving online like never before. Websites like Duolingo, Facebook, Twitter, and Lernu all have vibrant Esperanto communities where people from around the world chat with each other, share memes, stories, songs, and poems. Nearly all Esperantists are willing to help komencantoj (beginners) with vocabulary and grammar.
There are also a plethora of Esperanto events around the world, including NASK, a summer course to teach all levels of Esperanto; Landa Kongreso in the United States, which will occur in Seattle, WA in 2018; and the Universala Kongreso, which occurred in Seoul, South Korea in 2017.
Have you ever wanted to travel the world, but can’t afford to pay for lodging? Pasporta Servo is a program where Esperantists offer up their home/couch for other Esperantists to stay temporarily while traveling.
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E-USA is proud to offer a wide selection of Esperanto books, music, and other items.
There are loads of Esperanto organizations around the world, devoted to all sorts of interests. Here are just a few.