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Esperanto portal (Portalo pri Esperanto)

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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 243,500 articles (as of December 20, 2017). About 151,000 users 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 about 261,700 registered users, who are able to view the site's interface in their choice of 20 languages; a further six languages have at least 60 percent of the interface localized; eight additional languages are in varying stages of completing the interface translation. About 50,000 of the lernu.net users possess at least a basic 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 23 months, the number of learners more than trebled; the count now stands at 1.14 million.

Duolingo has developed a second Esperanto course for which the language of instruction is Spanish; public beta testing began in October of 2016. More than 264,000 students are currently beta-testing this course. As Chuck Smith, founder of the Esperanto Wikipedia, pointed out, this means that well over a million people are now learning Esperanto through the Duolingo interface. A third Esperanto course, to be taught in Brazilian Portuguese, has begun development; over 26,400 people have pre-registered to take this course when it becomes available.

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The worldwide friends network of the Pasporta Servo, an international hospitality service for Esperanto speakers.

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Grammar of the month - January (Monata grammatiko - januaro)

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Linguistic aspects of Esperanto

The basics: Alphabet - Grammar - Vocabulary - Etymology - Orthography - Phonology - Kurso de Esperanto - Adverbs - False friends
References: Fundamento - Akademio de Esperanto - Plena Ilustrita Vortaro - Esperantology
See also: Interlinguistics - International auxiliary language - Propedeutic value of Esperanto


History of Esperanto


Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof, was the creator of the language, "Esperanto".

In 1905, the Fundamento fixed the rules of the language and the Declaration of Boulogne  honed its principals for use.
Other attempts at an auxiliary language : Volapük (1879) - Ido (1907) - Interlingua (1951)
See also: Proto-Esperanto - Esperantido - Prague Manifesto

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Esperanto movement


International associations: Universala Esperanto-Asocio - Sennacieca Asocio Tutmonda - Tutmonda Esperantista Junulara Organizo - SATEB

In English-speaking areas:


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Esperanto culture

Music: Esperanto music - Vinilkosmo  - Dolchamar  - Jacques Yvart  - Ĵomart and Nataŝa  - Persone  - Amplifiki
Symbols: La Espero - Verda stelo
Media: Ĝangalo - Literatura Mondo - Radio archive List of Esperanto radio stations. From: China, Poland, The Vatican, Cuba... - Wikipedia in Esperanto (Vikipedio)
Esperanto congresses: Universala Kongreso de Esperanto (UK) - Internacia Junulara Festivalo - Internacia Junulara Kongreso - Internacia Junulara Semajno - Internacia Seminario
See also: Esperantists - Anationalism - UNESCO - Pasporta Servo To travel everywhere


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Literature and writers


General: Esperanto literature
Novelists: Julio Baghy - Raymond Schwartz 
Poets: William Auld - Antoni Grabowski - Kalocsay Kálmán
Ideologues: Claude Piron  (essays, pedagogy) - Eugene Lanti (anationalist) - Frederic Pujulà i Vallès (dramatist and Catalan journalist)
See also: Gaston Waringhien (linguist) - Marjorie Boulton (proverbs)

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