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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 for over a century by a community now estimated at about 2 million speakers, 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 231,000 articles (as of July 24, 2016).

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.

Free on-line courses to teach the international language are available through lernu.net and duolingo.com. The first of these sites has over 223,000 registered users, who are able to view the site's interface in their choice of 18 languages. About 46,800 of the lernu.net users possess a basic, intermediate or advanced understanding of Esperanto. On March 25, 2016, when the Duolingo Esperanto course completed its beta-testing phase, that course had 350,000 people registered to learn Esperanto through the medium of English; in the subsequent four months, the number of learners has increased to 466,000. Duolingo contributors are also preparing an Esperanto course intended for speakers of Spanish, expected to be released to beta testing during the summer of 2016.

Picture of the month - July
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Kontakto is an Esperanto magazine published by TEJO and supported by World Esperanto Association that has readers in about 90 countries around the world.

Article of the month - July
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Antoni Grabowski (June 11, 1857 in Nowe Dobra, a village 10 km northeast of Chełmno – July 4, 1921 in Warsaw) was a Polish chemical engineer, and an activist of the early Esperanto movement. His translations had an influential impact on the development of Esperanto into a language of literature.

Grabowski was a longstanding chairman of the Warsaw Esperanto Society, founded in 1904, and of the Polish Esperanto Society, founded in 1908. In the same year he became director of the Grammar section of the Esperanto Academy. He published articles and gave lectures on Esperanto and organized Esperanto language courses. Find out more...

Vocabulary of the month - July
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Colors (la koloroj)

  • ruĝa meaning: "red"
  • oranĝkolora meaning: "orange"
  • flava meaning: "yellow"
  • verda meaning: "green"
  • blua meaning: "blue"
  • purpura meaning: "purple"
  • nigra meaning: "black"
  • bruna meaning: "brown"
  • griza meaning: "gray"
  • blanka meaning: "white"

Grammar of the month - July
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In Esperanto, a word may be made plural by simply adding "-j" to the end: domo = house, domoj = houses. (Note: In Esperanto, the letter "j" sounds like an English "y", so domoj is pronounced: "DOH-moy".)

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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