Hi all !
I was wondering whether some of you have ever heard about esperanto ? If it's the case, what do you think about its political meaning and chance of spreading around the world ?
Esperanto is a constructed language invented in 1887 by Zamenhof, a Polish linguist. It is very simple to learn ; thus its aim was to spread and to become a global second language. Contrary to English, it is not linked to a paticular country : it cannot be a symbol of domination, that is why it should promote international cooperation.
In Europe, several little political parties support it. As for Wikipedia, it declares that there are between 100 000 and 2 million fluent speakers divided amongst 115 countries. Well, it is a wide bracket, for sure, but yet it remains a number far from being low.
For my part, I am trying to learn it by myself on lernu.net as I really enjoy to learn new languages.
I had another question : it is told to be easy to learn. However, is it really easy for those who use other alphabet ? A Chinese, a Korean, or a Rusian viewpoint would be truly enjoyable 😉
Have a nice day !