Esperanto has had continuous usage by a community estimated at between 100,000 and 2 million speakers for over a century, and approximately one thousand native speakers. However, no country has adopted the language officially. Today, Esperanto is employed in world travel, correspondence, cultural exchange, conventions, literature, language instruction, television, and radio broadcasting. Also, there is an Esperanto Wikipedia with about 188,500 articles (as of November 17, 2013).
Article of the month - December Monata artikolo - decembro
Esperanto literature began before the official publication of the constructed languageEsperanto; the language's creator, L. L. Zamenhof, translated poetry and prose into the language as he was developing it as a test of its completeness and expressiveness, and published several translations and a short original poem as an appendix to the first book on the language, Unua Libro.
Over 25,000 books in Esperanto have been published, and the largest Esperanto book service at the World Esperanto Association offers over 4,000 books in its catalog. Over 100 original novels have been published in Esperanto, plus a larger number of novellas, short story collections, and poetry collections. Find out more...
Grammar of the month - December Monata gramatiko - decembro
In Esperanto, there is no grammatical gender. There is only one definite article: la = "the", which never changes, regardless of affixes on the noun it modifies. Also, there is no indefinite article, so kato = "cat" or kato = "a cat", depending on the context.