Esperanto works. A few facts about Esperanto
It seems incredible that so many people that claim not
to be interested in Esperanto, that there is no reason to
learn Esperanto, are so much interested in reading about
Esperanto, and ready to expend a lot of time writing
about something they don't know.
Since they don't know the facts...
they need to invent something to write about.
1. There are many people able to communicate in
Esperanto in most countries of the world. They are not
in every country, they are not in every town. They are in
most of the places people around us would like to visit.
I don't know and I don't care if the number of Esperanto
speakers doesn't rich two million. I am sure I can find
some of them any time I need them, in any of the
countries that I would like to visit, or have already
If you doubt that there are a considerable number of
Esperanto speakers, please go to the page:
enter the word "Esperanto" and press Enter.
Doing this, I just got 795,000 hits. (almost eight
(Searched the web for Esperanto. Results 1 - 10 of
2. And many of these Esperanto speakers are ready to
invite me for dinner and let me stay overnight at their
houses. I have been doing the same for Esperanto
speakers coming from other countries, or even coming
from other parts of USA.
3. Esperanto is much easier to learn than most other
languages. That depends on which languages do you
know and which one is the next you would like to learn.
Speakers of English, German, romance languages, and
some other European languages could learn Esperanto
in six months to two years depending on studying
patterns and dedication. It takes many more years for
the average English speaker to learn any other
More than half of the Esperanto speakers learned the
language just by reading a book. I did too. And most
of us, after having studied at home for some time, were
very surprised when we went to our first Esperanto
meeting and realized that we could understand some
of the spoken language, and we could even say a few
phrases. After a three day full-time meeting, most
beginners get some kind of fluency. Reading a couple
of books after that, increases the vocabulary. Fiction
books look good for this task. To get full fluency, it is
necessary to use the language, both in the spoken and
All this requires dedication. Esperanto is "easy" but
doesn't come from heaven. It needs to be studied...
much less than any other language.
Yes, Esperanto is a little more difficult for a Chinese,
or a Japanese, or a Korean... but for them, learning
Esperanto is much easier than learning English,
German, or Russian.
I just read (September 19, 2002) a message from Dianne,
an Australian lady teaching English in Japan:
"Mi vidis 15 jaran junulon lerni gin en kvin monatoj
kaj 70 jaran emeritulon, kiu donis multan tempon al la
tasko, povis uzi gin lerte post nur ses semajnoj."
-- I saw a 15 year old learn Esperanto in five months
and a 70 year old retiree, that gave a lot of time to the
task, was able to use it well after only six weeks --
(These are Japanese people, who were frustrated after
many years of learning English)
4. It is known that after you learn a language, the next
one becomes a little easier. Somebody said "After
learning six or seven of the languages I like to learn,
just for curiosity, I am going to give a try to Esperanto".
Do it the other way around: learn first the easy
language. Much before the first year goes by, you will
be able to use your Esperanto, and the study of other
languages would become easier. You can also find
Esperanto speakers that also speak your next target
language, willing to help you with this new language.
Meanwhile, you will be using your Esperanto with
friends from other countries.
5. Comparison between languages.
I do not like to compare languages. Each language has
its own purpose, its own use. They are all different.
Most of them keep developing by adding words from
other cultures, from other languages.
Most languages can communicate all kind of feelings,
all kind of situations. Esperanto is also a language. if
you doubt that Esperanto is capable of all shades of
meaning, just take a look at the list of translated books
and the books originally written in Esperanto. Much
better, read a book translated to English from the
original Esperanto. You will be surprised to know that
many of them exist. You may try the last one
(that I know of)
"Maskerado: Dancing Around Death in Nazi Hungary"
by Tivador Soros. Translated from the Esperanto
original to English by Dr. Humphrey Tonkin. Dr.
Humphrey Tonkin was the president of Hartford
University, Hartford, Connecticut, during many years.
Tivadar Soros, the book's author, was the father of
George Soros. George Soros is a financial genius that
made a big fortune.
This account of survival is told by a Budapest lawyer
who secured fake Christian identities for himself, his
wife and his two children following the invasion of the
Germans in March 1944. Soros views his experiences
with a beguiling humor and a deep humanity.
I heard many Esperanto speakers saying something
"Visiting many countries, I found English useful (most of
the time) for business transactions, or general tourism.
Esperanto was much useful to make friends, to talk to
natives, and even being invited to their houses."
To find English speakers you have to ask a lot of people
on the street, because most of them will not understand
what are you talking about. When you find a person that
can understand your needs, this person not always will
be able to answer your questions in English. Many of
them will understand you if you are trying to buy
something from them. Most likely they will write the
price in a piece of paper to make sure that you
understand. They will never understand you if you try
to claim something, or if you like to return some
To find Esperanto speakers, you will have to arrange
everything before getting to your destination. Once
there you may find somebody if you already have
addresses of telephone numbers, but is better to make
arrangements before hand.
When you speak English, it is only business. When you
speak Esperanto, is friendship.
One more comparison:
To learn English people need a lot of time and money.
Esperanto maybe learned free online, or for the cost of
a textbook and maybe a dictionary. I believe 100 hours
of study and practice, are enough for some fluency in
Many people complain that Esperanto is too
... so is English.
The Esperanto Grammar is very simple. It is the only
language whose grammar was written before the
language existed. The language was tailored to the
grammar, so there are not exceptions to any of its rules.
As simple as it is, don't try to learn it all at once. Learn
one rule at the time, when that rule is presented. You
don't need to study grammar... just follow the rules.
You will have to know the grammar endings. They are
few and always the same. You don't have to know what
is a verb, a noun, or an adjective. But you should know
that there are "o" words that always represent things;
there are "a" words that always say how the thing is.
If the plural is needed, just add "j", that is, an English
You don't need to learn the plural of each word.
Prefixes, suffixes, prepositions, correlatives.
These exist in handy tables, that you don't need to
learn by heart. Learn them one by one, same way you
learn any other word.
Some people get scared when they see a table with 45
correlatives. No need to learn all of them at once. Learn
one at the time. You will need to know about 15 of them.
After you get used to the language, you will be able to
speak freely using only these few; but if anybody uses
one that you don't know, you will be deducting its
meaning automatically, without even thinking about
Correlatives (in Esperanto) are words forming a table
what, why, when, where, how, whose, which
that, then, there, thus
never, nowhere, nobody, nothing, none
some, something, somewhere, somehow, somebody
7. The main fact:
Esperanto is useful. Many people all around the world
use and enjoy it.
Esperanto can be learned in less than a year at a normal
pace. Much faster if you dedicate a little more time.
Studying any other language is very frustrating because
after a couple of years, you still cannot communicate.
When you learn Esperanto and you discover that you
can communicate (at a basic level) in only a few weeks
you will be more willing to keep learning.
There are untold millions of people that have spent lots
of time and money studying languages, and never got
to being able to use those languages. Some of them
learned enough to be able to read in the new language.
My page: http://eeo.8k.com
To learn Esperanto from several languages:
About Esperanto in 55 languages:
Everything about Esperanto, half in English, the rest in
Esperanto (many books and poetry in Esperanto)
9. Note: English is my third language, after Spanish
and Esperanto. If I made some grammatical or spelling
errors it is only natural, because English is a very
difficult language. Natives also make mistakes: I believe
my spelling is better than the average native...
The grammar... my mistakes are more evident, because
they are different to the native's mistakes. (I also make
mistakes when I talk or write in Spanish or in Esperanto)
10. Thank you for your patience on reading all this,
Enrique, Albany, NY, USA
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