Esperanto

Esperanto is the most widely spoken constructed language. A planned or constructed language is a language whose phonology, grammar, and/or vocabulary has been consciously devised by an individual or group, instead of having evolved naturally.

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What does koj ti ovaj mean?

Well that's deffinetly not Italian.

Esperanto? This doesn't make sense, but "kaj tiaj ovoj" would mean "and your eggs."

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Who was the originator of Esperanto?

On the 15th of December, 1859, a child was born in a small wooden house at 6 Zielona Street, Bialystok. His name was Ludovic Lazarus Zamenhof and he is now frequently referred to as the "creator" of Esperanto, although he himself modestly denied that he was the creator. "I am only the originator," he used to say. "I just got it started.
L. L. Zamenhof created Esperanto.

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Why was Esperanto invented?

It was an attempt to create a universal second language for everyone in the world.

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How many people speak Esperanto?

Estimates are around a quarter million.
The estimate is between 10,000 and 2 million. There are even about 500 native speakers.
It's hard to say. Esperantists are spread out around the world. It's a bit like trying to estimate how many people in the world play chess...

Most of the estimates seem to be between 100,000 and 1.6 million though.

More details in the Wikipedia article linked below.

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~2,000,000

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How do you translate 'Happy Birthday' to Esperanto?

Feliĉan naskiĝtagon!

The ĉ is pronounced like ch in church, the ĝ like j in jam and the i like ee in meet.

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Is it true that your ancestors spoke Esperanto?

No. Esperanto was designed to be easy to learn, in the hope that it would become an international language.

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How do you say same-sex marriage in Esperanto?

Samseksa Edziĝo

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Who created Esperanto?

Dr. L. L. Zamenhof
The International Language, Esperanto, was created by Dr. L. L. Zamenhof, a Polish oculist of Bialistok and published by him in Warsaw in 1887.
Lazar Ludwik Zamenhof.
Esperanto, invented in 1887 by the Polish eye specialist Dr Ludovic Lazarus Zamenhof, was an attempt to create a universal second language
Esperanto was created by L. L. Zamenhof, a Polish linguist.
A polish Jew named Ludovic Lazarus Zamenhof. He first published an Esperanto textbook using the soubriquet 'Doctor Esperanto' (ie. one who hopes) and in time this became the name of the language itself.

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How does Esperanto work?

Esperanto is an artificial language. It works because its grammar is easy and the verbs are all regular. You can learn it within 3 months.

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What language was developed from Esperanto?

Many languages were created after Esperanto. Most of them were not very different from Esperanto itself, and disappeared without having found their public.

However, Ido (which means "son" or "offspring) is a revisited version of Esperanto, that had a certain success when it was created around the 10's. But as the others, it almost disappeared, and nowadays less than a hundred persons speak Ido, compared to several millions for Esperanto ! :)

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Is there a letter 'q' in the Esperanto alphabet?

No. Where foreign words and roots have a "q", in Esperanto they usually have a "k". The letter "q" is called "kuo" in Esperanto and would only appear in unassimilated foreign words.

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How do you learn Esperanto quickly?

Find other speakers quickly. It is really easy to pick up the basics and the consistency of the rules allow you to learn quickly. The grammar is fairly simple, and word order is not important. And the use of the 'not' concept allows one to double their vocabulary. (hot and 'not hot' instead of hot and cold.)

I'd start at the Esperanto web site below.

Mi estas esperantisto!

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How do you say good morning in Esperanto?

Bonan matenon!

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What does no puedo Esperar a verte de Nuevo mean in Spanish?

"No puedo ESPERAR a verte de nuevo" ("I can't wait to see you again"). The context would call for a verb at the position, and "esperar" ("wait") would make sense.

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Where do Esperanto speakers congregate in New Orleans?

1235 eagle street

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What is the imperative form of the verb 'to volunteer' in Esperanto?

volontuliĝu

The ĝ is pronounced as j in jam. The u is pronounced as oo in shampoo.

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French Language and Culture

How do you learn french quickly?

There is no shortcut to learning language, but an excellent free online learning website is duolingo. The course can bring you up to about 40% proficiency within a matter of months and it is completely free.

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Cual es el origen del esperanto?

El esperanto es una lengua auxiliar artificial creada por el médico polaco L. L. Zamenhof en 1887 como resultado de una década de trabajo, con la esperanza de que se convirtiera en la lengua auxiliar internacional. Según las estadísticas, ésta es la lengua planificada más hablada del mundo hoy en día.

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What does 'volontu' mean in Esperanto?

Be willing!

(Imperative form of volonti, "to be willing")

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What is Esperanto?

Since the seventeenth century, more than seven hundred languages have been constructed. The most popular of those languages is Esperanto.

It was invented by Dr. Ludwik Łazarz Zamenhof; , who lived in the town of Bialystok, Poland. He felt that a common language would help people agree better. When he was still in school, he had already worked out the beginnings of his international language.

In 1887, he published a brochure describing his language, and he used the pen name of Dr. Esperanto (one who hopes). Soon people in various parts of the world became interested in this language, which came to be called "Esperanto".

Today, Esperanto is spoken by about 8 million people throughout the world. Even governments and international organizations recognize it in many ways. For example, you can send an international telegram in Esperanto.

There are many rules of grammar for this language, and here are a few. The definite article is la, and does not change. All nouns end in o, all adjectives in a, all adverbs in e, and all infinitives in i.

Here is the beginning of the lord's prayer in Esperanto: "Patro nia, kiu estas en la cielo, snkta estu via nomo; venu regeco via; esto volo via, kiel en la cielo, tiel ankau sur la tero."

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What is unusual about Esperanto?

Lots of things, but the main one is that it a language that was created - a planned language. Most languages develop over hundreds of years, but Esperanto was created in the 1880's to act as a neutral "bridge" language.
Esperanto has very few native speakers, compared to other languages. It is a voluntary speech community, and most Esperanto speakers opt in rather than receiving the language from their parents.

  • It was created artificially.
  • It has specific rules with no exceptions, making it easy to learn.
  • Use of an opposite pre-fix greatly reduces the number of words that need to be learned.
  • There is no required word order.
  • It is free of any nationalistic connections.
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Who was responsible for Esperanto?

Esperanto was invented by Lazarus Ludwig Zamenhof (December 15, 1859 - April 14, 1917).

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How long does it take to learn Esperanto?

If you already speak a Romance language, or English, you can learn to read and write Esperanto in a matter of weeks, and for the slowest learners, in several months. Speaking in person requires practice at first, but remember that it is the mother tongue of nobody in particular, so there is no need to feel self-conscious about speaking it.The key to progress as in any language is regular practice, either through live meetings at Esperanto clubs or through the Internet.

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When was Esperanto created?

Esperanto was launched into life in 1887, so it is still a comparatively young language.

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Does France have any Esperanto enclaves?

There are small enclaves of Esperanto speakers in almost every country in the world. France has a small esperanto-speaking population, but they are geographically diverse. The largest enclave is a group in Paris.

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