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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 over 237,000 articles (as of February 5, 2017). Over 150,000 users now consult the Esperanto Wikipedia regularly.

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 235,000 registered users, who are able to view the site's interface in their choice of 18 languages. About 47,000 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 ten months, the number of learners has more than doubled to 721,000.

Duolingo has also developed an Esperanto course for which the language of instruction is Spanish; public beta testing began in October of 2016. Over 43,300 students are currently beta-testing this course.

Picture of the month - February
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The very first printing of the Unua Libro, the first Esperanto textbook, for Russian speakers in 1887.

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TEJO is the Tutmonda Esperantista Junulara Organizo, or World Esperanto Youth Organization. TEJO was founded in 1938 under the name Tutmonda Junular-Organizo (World Youth Organization). The current name was taken in 1952. In 1956, TEJO became the youth section of the World Esperanto Association (Universala Esperanto-Asocio, UEA). In 1971, the finances and administration of TEJO were fully integrated into the UEA. Find out more...

Vocabulary of the month - February
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Ludoj — Games

ŝako chess
damludo checkers, draughts
triktrako backgammon
domeno dominoes
skrablo scrabble
paĉisio parcheesi, pachisi
monopolo monopoly
bagatelo trivial pursuit
ĉina damludo Chinese checkers
miksaĵo jumble
tabulludo board game
kartludo card game
vetludo gambling
videoludo video game
serpentoj kaj eskaloj snakes and ladders
pendumisto hangman
ŝtono, papero, tondilo rock, paper, scissors
liga punktoj connect the dots
dudek demandoj twenty questions
ŝarado charades
levaj nadloj pick-up sticks
batalŝipoj battleships
saltodiskoj tiddlywinks
ludkartoj playing cards
jetkuboj dice
ludpeco tile, game piece
kribaĝo cribbage
rumio rummy
briĝo contract bridge
pokero poker
maĝango mahjong
jacio yahtzee
paciencludo solitaire
pekseso concentration
pikedo piquet
krucvorto crossword
anagramo anagram
kriptaĵo cryptogram
logikenigmo logic puzzle
kunmetenigmo jigsaw puzzle

Grammar of the month - February
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In Esperanto, the word for "leader" or "boss" is estro. Besides being a stand-alone word, estro can also be used as a suffix. Used as lernejestro (lernejo = "school") it means "principal," and as urbestro (urbo = "city") it means "mayor."

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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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