Ever heard of Esperanto? If not, you might be interested in an article I came across recently which discusses it. Esperanto is a language that was created over 100 years ago and is spoken by huge numbers of people across the world and was officially recognised by the UN in 1954.
Esperanto was introduced by Dr Ludovic Lazarus Zamenhof, a Polish doctor who wanted to devise an international second language to enable people to communicate worldwide. While the language may have declined over the years, with the increased use of the internet worldwide, Esperanto is seeing a comeback!
So why is this language so popular and among who? In the UK there are over 2000 speakers and it is used to communicate with fellow speakers across the globe – it has even resulted in two people finding love! Esperanto meetings are popping up all over the place and speakers claim it has ‘opened up doors and given [them] a global perspective’ and it is ‘gratifying because of all the global community it puts you in touch with’.
So if you want to be one of the growing numbers of Esperanto speakers worldwide you can learn it for free at lernu.net. It is not the traditional types of language we come across but it is certainly interesting to see a growing number of individuals wanting to learn something new!
Have you ever come across any other interesting languages?