Esperanto as the Language of Peace

Posted on: 16/12/2009

When L.L. Zamenhof created the language Esperanto, his goal for it was to help bring about peace by eliminating communication barriers. Esperanto has become the most widely spoken constructed international language through out the world.  Zamenhof created the new Esperanto language after growing up watching different ethnic groups argue in his hometown. He published his book on his new language under the pen name “Doktoro Esperanto.” Esperanto means “one who hopes.” Zamenhof hoped his new language would provide a common ground for different groups of people to be able to build on peace.

Esperanto is a neutral language and is often used by some relief groups. The military has used in when doing exercises with other nations. It is also used by many people when they travel the world or corresponding to others through out the world. TV and radio broadcasting sometimes uses the Esperanto language as well as literature.Zamenhof translated the Old Testament into Esperanto. It is also used in language instruction course to help teach other languages.

Many experts say that by learning the Esperanto language, one would have a good foundation to learn other languages. Esperanto is considered easier to learn than other languages.It is estimated that it only takes about a quarter of the time to learn the Esperanto language compared to other languages. This is due to the Esperanto words being based off of a core group of root words.

Since most of the Esperanto language is linked to these core roots, it is easier for to learn the words and their meanings. These roots are similar to the Romance, Germanic and Slavic languages.Another reason the Esperanto language is easy to learn, is that it is a phonetic language. This allows the person learning Esperanto to know how to say a written word and write a spoken word.


1 Response to "Esperanto as the Language of Peace"

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Esperanto works! I’ve used it in speech and writing – and sung in it – in about fifteen countries over recent years.

Indeed, the language has some remarkable practical benefits. Personally, I’ve made friends around the world through Esperanto that I would never have been able to communicate with otherwise. And then there’s the Pasporta Servo, which provides free lodging and local information to Esperanto-speaking travellers in over 90 countries. In the past few years I have had guided tours of Berlin and Milan and Douala in Cameroon in the planned language. I have discussed philosophy with a Slovene poet, humour on television with a Bulgarian TV producer. I’ve discussed what life was like in East Berlin before the wall came down, how to cook perfect spaghetti, the advantages and disadvantages of monarchy, and so on.

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