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Esperanto speakers at the 2008 International Youth Congress of Esperanto

An Esperantist (Esperanto: Esperantisto) is a person who speaks or uses Esperanto. Etymologically, an Esperantist is someone who hopes (from Esperanto esperanto "a hoping one", "someone who hopes", from esperi "to hope"). Although definitions of "Esperantist" vary, according to the Declaration of Boulogne ("Deklaracio pri la esenco de Esperantismo", declaration about the essence of esperantism), a document agreed at the first World Congress of Esperanto, an Esperantist is someone who speaks Esperanto and uses it for any purpose. An Esperantist is also a person who participates in Esperanto culture.

Lists of famous Esperantists[edit]

Important Esperantists[edit]





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This page has been translated from the article fr:Espérantiste on the French Wikipedia, accessed on June 13, 2006.

Information on William Thomas Stead from the Esperanto Vikipedio article.


  1. ^ Esperanto en Perspektivo, pp. 475 and 646, 1974.
  2. ^ Johano Paŭlo la 2a kaj Esperanto
  3. ^ Who Supports Esperanto?

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