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Last night I passed the first language course in the ‘Universal Language’- Esperanto. Many of you have probably never heard of Esperanto, I certainly hadn’t, but now I can’t get enough.

Esperanto is one of the only ‘designed’ languages. That is, some guy sat down and made up this language (it even has a flag, pictured). Mind you, Esperanto goes far beyond anything you created with your best friend as a child. This language has been adopted by people around the world, and best of all, because it is a designed language it is much easier to learn than any native languages. There are consistent rules that govern the grammar and syntax which overall makes this language easy to pick up.

La Esperanta flago

The idea behind Esperanto is that a universal language would help to break down barriers between race and culture. It provides an easy to learn

and most importantly neutral language. There is a linguistic neutrality when people speak Esperanto because it belongs to no-one.

Personally I think it’s sad that Esperanto hasn’t been more widely accepted. Wouldn’t it be better if the United Nations used Esperanto? So that all countries would feel equally included? Wouldn’t it be better if all countries taught Esperanto as a second language in schools (instead of each country teaching a different, or multiple second languages)?

Think of what could be achieved if all people had the capacity to speak a common language? Personally, I think just being able to communicate with neutrality would put an end to many of the world’s conflicts. Sure, it wouldn’t solve all of our problems, but it’s definitely a good place to start!

This post is a little off topic from my usual fantasy/sci-fi content but I wanted to share with you this possibility for global understanding.

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From the name and some of the words you may think that the language is bias and favours European languages but in actual fact much of the grammar comes from non-European languages, reminiscent of Turkish, Swahili or even Chinese.

So, if you have some free time and want to learn a second language, why not make it Esperanto? There are dedicated websites with free tutoring, and there are even people in a variety of countries that are willing to host you so that you can learn and grow as an Esperanto speaker.

To check out more about Esperanto, go here: http://en.lernu.net/index.php

It’s a great site, with free courses and information. If you are interested in learning Esperanto, why not connect with me on twitter and we can learn together!

Let me know what you think of this International language in the comments section, could it solve some of the World’s problems? How many languages can you speak? Do you know Esperanto? Are there other universal languages?



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