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The Esperanto flag.

Esperanto is the most widely spoken constructed international auxiliary language in the world. Its name derives from Doktoro Esperanto, the pseudonym under which L. L. Zamenhof published the first book detailing Esperanto, the Unua Libro, in 1887. The word esperanto means 'one who hopes' in the language itself. Zamenhof's goal was to create an easy and flexible language that would serve as a universal second language to foster peace and international understanding.

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 210,500 articles (as of February 22, 2015).

There is evidence that learning Esperanto may provide a good foundation for learning languages in general. Some state education systems offer basic instruction and elective courses in Esperanto. Esperanto is also the language of instruction in one university, the Akademio Internacia de la Sciencoj in San Marino.

Picture of the month - March
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The Esperanto jubilee symbol (jubilea simbolo), created in 1987 to mark the 100th anniversary of language. Today, it is used alongside the more traditional flag and green star as symbols of Esperanto.

Article of the month - March
Monata artikolo - marto

Photograph of the International Ido Congress in Dessau, Germany, in 1922.

Esperantido is the term used within the Esperanto and constructed language communities to describe a language project based on or inspired by Esperanto. Esperantido originally referred to the language of that name, which later came to be known as Ido. The word Esperantido is derived from Esperanto plus the suffix -ido (a descendant). Thus "Esperantido" literally means "an offspring of Esperanto".

A number of Esperantidos have been created to address a number of perceived flaws or weaknesses of Esperanto, or of other Esperantidos, attempting to improve their lexicon, grammar, pronunciation, and orthography. (See common criticisms.) Others were created as language games or to add variety to Esperanto literature. The only Esperantido in common use is Ido. Find out more...

Vocabulary of the month - March
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Professions (profesioj)

  • arkitekto meaning: "architect"
  • barelfaristo meaning: "cooper"
  • dentisto meaning: "dentist"
  • gvardio meaning: "security guard"
  • inĝeniero meaning: "engineer"
  • kosmonaŭto meaning: "astronaut" (or "cosmonaut")
  • maristo meaning: "sailor" (or "mariner")
  • politikisto meaning: "politician"
  • sciencisto meaning: "scientist"
  • ĉarpentisto meaning: "carpenter"

Grammar of the month - March
Monata gramatiko - marto

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In Esperanto, there are only six major verb forms. The verbs do not change with the subject or object of the sentence, so the suffixes -as (present tense), -is (past), and -os (future) are always added to the verb's root. The other major verb forms are -i (infinitive), -u (jussive), and -us (conditional). There are no irregular or stem-changing verbs.

Did you know...
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  • ...that William Shatner (of Star Trek fame) once starred in the feature-length Esperanto-language film Incubus?
  • ...that Esperanto superseded another constructed language, Volapük, which is now mostly defunct?
  • ...that Esperanto contains six letters found in no other alphabet: ĉ, ĝ, ĥ, ĵ, ŝ and ŭ?
  • ...that Esperanto has no q, w, x or y?

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Wikipedia (en) Wikipedia
(eo) Vikipedio, Wikipedia in Esperanto
Wikiquote (en) Wikiquote
(en) Quotes about Esperanto
(en) (eo) Quotes by L. L. Zamenhof
(eo) Vikicitaro, Wikiquote in Esperanto
Wikisource (en) Wikisource
(eo) Vikifonto, Wikisource in Esperanto
Wikicommons (en) Wikimedia commons
(eo) (fr) Audio version of Zamenhof's discourse
(en) (eo) Illustrations for the articles about Esperanto

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