Esperanto – what’s that?

Esperanto is an ‘international’ language. First published in 1887, it was designed to enable people with different native languages to communicate effectively whilst still retaining their own languages and cultural identities. It was never intended to replace national languages.

Is it true that Esperanto is easy to learn?

Well, any language requires a certain amount of study and perseverance, of course, in order to learn it effectively, but yes, in comparison with the time required to learn any other language Esperanto is easier. It has a compact set of fixed grammatical rules, completely regular verb endings, and phonetic pronunciation and spelling.

Is it a ‘mixture’ of languages?

The vocabulary is based on Romance, Germanic and Slavic word roots, so it serves as a perfect introduction for learning language and getting a ‘feel’ for language. But there are other words ‘borrowed’ from many other languages, which make it unique as an introductory language, and make it a very beautiful and practical language in its own right.

What can I do with Esperanto if I learn it?

A knowledge of Esperanto gives you access to a network of contacts around the world; you get the benefit of a unique culture which includes tens of thousands of publications, both translated and original literature – books, magazine, music and poetry; you open up endless travel opportunities and, believe it or not, it’s great fun to learn. You can make contacts world-wide and get up-to-date news from ordinary people who have experienced events first-hand.

Why educate in Esperanto?

Children love to manipulate the language, to use its unique word-building system to create new words and to ‘play’. Because of its simplicity and regularity, they progress quickly and gain an excellent insight into how languages and grammar work – a solid basis for further language learning. And it has the great advantage of using the ‘pure’ vowels, which English does not but which many other languages do; it helps to train children’s ear to these sounds simply but effectively.

Grammar guidelines for teachers of Esperanto.