Many Americans are not aware that there is a quite popular, neutral language available that is easier to learn than other languages, and can be used a lot sooner in the learning process, as well. This language has a rich international culture, a peaceful outlook on life, and does not offend people by threatening to impede on their parent language. This language is Esperanto, and was created over 100 years ago as a means of easing linguistic inequality out of the world. The idea behind this language was to create an easy to learn, 100% regular, neutral language that others will want to learn, without fear of the political motive behind it.
Among its many benefits, Esperanto also has a rich culture, with its own music, films, books and poetry. Esperanto has grown up in a sense, going from being a planned language, to naturally evolving into a world language through use by it’s estimated 2 million speakers. This culture is truly international, and melds many different worlds into one peaceful, cooperative, and mutually accepted family, the human race.
Esperanto can be called the language of earth, and it is true that, within the International Auxiliary Language movement, the language has seen the most success. Once holding an office in the United Nations, it is still taught in many schools around the world. A yearly World Congress held in a new country each year, provides opportunity for Esperantists to convene and speak their language.
Many Esperantists, also called Samideanoj (Sam-ee-dee-ahn-oy), are very fond of their language, and some have even raised their children to speak Esperanto. There is an estimated 2000 native speakers of Esperanto worldwide. There are even Esperantists who have married after meeting through some Esperanto channel, such as through Esperanto-USA, the UEA (Universala Esperanto Asocio), or the World Congress. For this reason, this Esperanto joke surfaced. Some Esperantist call the language Edzperanto (Marriage broker).
The Esperanto music scene is a rich, creative culture all in its own. With genres such as Hip-hop, Techno, Folk, Rock, Country, Classical, and much more, fans of the language can now become fans of its music. There has even been a bit of Esperanto history in the making, as the band SuperNova (on Vinilkosmo Records) has just filmed the world’s first professional music video shot in Esperanto. This music video has excited the fans of this new band as well as Esperantists everywhere.
Facebook is also home to rich online communities of Esperantists. Many groups, in English and Esperanto, exist on this site. It is also the source of the official homepages of many artists on the Esperanto label Vinilkosmo. There are also some podcasts about it.
Also on social media are many profiles written entirely in the international language, Esperanto. This is, though, just one of the many available websites available to those interested in learning the language. Lernu.net is a great site that offers free courses in the language, games, and contests, but most importantly, Esperantist pen-pals from many different countries from around the world. One can also use the language at lernu.net with their tujmesagxilo (instant messenger) which always has somebody waiting to talk to you. Or, you could go to babilejo.com and use their chat room.
La Pafklik is a group which raps only in the language, and has songs such as “Tom estas mia amiko” (Tom is my friend), and “Gangstero Esperantista” (Esperantist Gangster). La Pafklik is from France, as so with many other Esperanto music groups, such as Kore, who has quite a following.
There have been many books written in, and translated into, Esperanto. Some of these titles include the popular children’s book, Winnie the Pooh. Other works in Esperanto include, “Gerda Malaperis”, “Vojagxo kun Katrina” and “La Krimo de Katrina”, which all include glossaries and legends to help the beginner with new and unfamiliar words.
If you are in the market to learn a useful, easy language, Esperanto is always available. Studies have shown that those who study Esperanto before studying other languages pick up the new language faster than had they not studies Esperanto.
Esperanto is truly a work of genius, in that its grammar is 100% regular, as well as more logical than any other natural language. This has helped people from many parts of the world come together easily and on the same linguistic level. One can learn Esperanto in a fraction of the time it takes to learn Spanish, French, Italian or German. Also, since the culture is so inviting and full of promise, you will never get lonely. Friends abound, and horizons broaden.