Wednesday, 17 June 2009


I came across Esperanto "many years ago" in the 1980s and even learned a bit. Here's a documentary on the scattered numbers around the world who speak Esperanto fluently:

This "Esperanto TV" broadcast comes from Poland, homeland of Esperanto's creator. The language sounds a lot more natural in this East European accent:

Esperanto is supposed to be spoken with an "Italian accent"; that is, the 5 vowels have the same values as in Italian and word stress is on the penultimate syllable in polysyllabic words or the first syllable in two-syllable words.
This lady really does speak it naturalistically and fluently. This class is about "how to talk on the telephone in Esperanto"


Bill Chapman said...

Esperanto speakers may be scatterted but that does not mean that we are few in number.

Take a look at

Esperanto works! I’ve used it in speech and writing - and sung in it - in a dozen countries over recent years.

Indeed, the language has some remarkable practical benefits. Personally, I’ve made friends around the world through Esperanto that I would never have been able to communicate with otherwise. And then there’s the Pasporta Servo, which provides free lodging and local information to Esperanto-speaking travellers in over 90 countries. In the past few years I have had guided tours of Berlin and Milan and Douala in Cameroon in the planned language. I have discussed philosophy with a Slovene poet, humour on television with a Bulgarian TV producer. I’ve discussed what life was like in East Berlin before the wall came down, how to cook perfect spaghetti, the advantages and disadvantages of monarchy, and so on.

Brian Barker said...

I agree with Bill Chapman.

Esperanto has indeed become a living language.

If you have a moment please see

Other assistance is available at

Gledwood said...

I do know a bit. Enough that with a dictionary I can write letters/etc. (ie I know ALL the grammar now including how to say "I gave her an apple" things that confuse beginners...)

The very best practical use I can think of Esperanto, except meeting people you never coudl through English, would be e.g. in an international relationship where neither party speaks the other's language v well, BOTH learning Espeanto would be a far better (and quicker) compromise. Also you can have confidence in Esperanto, once you know it well enough, that anything you say is truly idiomatic. Which takes years and years and years and years to attain in any other languge...

Gledwood said...

was I making sense? by "truly idiomatic" I meant correct according to the language's idiotm...