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Sunday, 21 May 2006

Q: Is Esperanto easy to learn?
Q: Is Esperanto aligned to any religion or political party?
Q: Who owns Esperanto?
Q: How many people speak Esperanto?
Q: Can I use Esperanto for travelling?


Q: Is Esperanto easy to learn?
A:
We claim (and we can back it up) that Esperanto is 5 times easier to learn than just about any other language. Just about everything in Esperanto is easy to learn: speaking , spelling and very simple rules (no exceptions!)

What does Esperanto sound like?

Esperanto is influenced by languages like French, Spanish and Italian, however most words are familiar to English speakers. There are also elements of German, Hebrew and Slavic languages. Esperanto is not unlike Italian in pronunciation.


Q: Is Esperanto aligned to any religion or political party?
A: Esperanto itself has no allegiance to any religion or political agenda. It is simply a means of communication. What individual speakers of Esperanto believe, or do, is entirely up to them.

Q: Who owns Esperanto?
A: The founder of Esperanto, Dr L.L. Zamenhof, gifted his creation to the people of the world in the hope that its widespread use would engender international understanding and friendship. The governing body, Universal Esperanto Association, is an international "not for profit" organisation situated in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Its main task is to authorise new words eg the internet, foster the growth of Esperanto, and to organise international congresses.

Q: How many people speak Esperanto?
A: Many millions of people speak Esperanto. Current estimates are 2 million active Esperanto speakers in the world.

Q: Can I use Esperanto for travelling?
A: Esperanto clubs can be found just about in every country and most cities of the world. There is an active "passport" service whereby participants mutually agree to accomodate each other. This makes travelling affordable and extremely pleasant, as everyone can enjoy the natural friendliness that is part of being an "Esperantist".