WHAT IS ESPERANTO?
Esperanto is the second language of the Republic of Molossia. Called the international language, it is a language developed to make it
easier for people of different cultures to communicate. Its author, Dr. L.
L. Zamenhof (1859-1917), published his "Lingvo Internacia" in 1887 under
the pseudonym "Dr. Esperanto". It is now spoken by at least two million
people, in over 100 countries. There are thousands of books and over 100
periodicals published currently. But what makes it any more international
than French, English or Russian?
Incorrectly termed 'artificial' (the right word is 'planned'), Esperanto is
specifically intended for international/intercultural use, so those who use
it meet each other on an equal footing, since neither is using his or her
native language. With national languages, the average person isn't able to
express himself as well as a native speaker or the gifted linguist. Thanks
to its simple, logical, regular design, anyone can learn Esperanto fairly
A LIVING LANGUAGE
Esperanto is a living language, used for everything people use any other
language for. But it's much easier to learn than a national language. Even
people who can't remember a word of a language they studied for years in
high school or college need only months of intensive study to become fluent
in Esperanto. It is also more useful than national languages if your goal
in learning a language is to get to know people from different places,
since virtually everyone who speaks Esperanto has learned it for this
The Molossian Language Institute has a developed a simple course to facilitate the learning of Esperanto. This course is based on an old ELNA Free Postal Course, which is, in turn, based
on a popular postal course previously used in England. The course has ten lessons and
four reference pages. It is a bit old-fashioned, please bear with.
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