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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Esperanto

Where was Esperanto created?

The inventor of Esperanto was Polish and it was essentially created there, though he traveled throughout Europe.
Bialystok, Poland, which is also the birthplace of the bialy (a kind of bagel).

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How do you say you look tired in Esperanto?

Vi aspektas laca.

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What is 4 in esperanto?

kvar (pronounced phonetically [kah-Vahr])

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Where can you learn Esperanto?

en.lernu.net

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Does Germany 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 an Esperanto club in Hamburg.

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What is the word 'had' in Esperanto?

havis

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How long did it take to create Esperanto?

Approximately 5 years (from about 1878-1883).

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Space Travel and Exploration
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Has the Esperanto language been used on any spacecraft ever?

Yes. According to Pale Blue Dot, ISBN 0-7472-1553-7 p.152, by Carl Sagan, the two Voyager spacecrafts each contained "a golden phonograph record encased in a golden, mirrored jacket containing, among other things: greetings in 59 human languages, and one whale language". If you listen to track 3 (UN Greetings) between 2m 16s and 2m 24s you can hear the Esperanto greeting "Ni strebas vivi en paco kun la popoloj de la tuta mondo, de la tuta kosmo" (We strive to live in peace with the peoples of the whole world, of the whole cosmos) by Ralph Harry (see the related link). Listen in the related links.

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What was the Esperanto experiment and why did it fail?

Esperanto was invented as an international auxiliary language, a language that people all over the world could learn to communicate with each other more easily. I wouldn't say that it failed-the language is still used today, and has an estimated 2 million speakers, including hundreds of native speakers!

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Is Esperanto an obscure language?

Yes, if by obscure language you mean one with few speakers, little international prestige, and a limited press. It may be an option on Google, but your chances of stumbling across two people engaged in an Esperanto conversation are very slim, even in a cosmopolitan city.

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Why did Esperanto fail as a universal language?

It didn't. Hundreds of thousands of people around the world use it to communicate across linguistic and cultural barriers. It has more speakers now than ever before in its 120 year history, and a thriving international culture, including music and literature. (An Esperantist poet, William Auld, was even nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature.)

Esperanto hasn't yet attained its goal of being the most widely used second language for international communication, but since its beginnings in the 1880s, it has brought millions of people from different cultures together and enabled them to communicate, share ideas and build friendships and even families. It is the only instance of an artificial language transforming into a truly living language. Given that it started as the pet project of an idealistic schoolboy, I'd hardly call that a failure.

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Success is arguable, and anything can be declared a success if someone wants it to be. That Esperanto has survived is obvious, and as a SECOND language it could be argued with validity that Esperanto has succeeded. Yet, the question asked why Esperanto failed as a UNIVERSAL language. This contributor has met people from many parts of the world, speaking many languages, and he has never met one who claimed to speak Esperanto. Of all the motion pictures ever filmed, this contributor is aware of only one filmed in the language of Esperanto. To become a secondary language for all people in the world, Esperanto still has a long way to go.

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I would add that several of the claims in the original answer seem questionable. For example, what is the evidence that Esperanto has more speakers than ever? According to the Encyclopedia of Associations, the membership of the Universal Esperanto Association is about 20,000, or half its peak membership. Has the number of speakers increased while the number of members declined?

Moreover, it's difficult to imagine a sense in which Esperanto has somehow transformed into a living language while other auxiliary languages have not. Both Interlingua and Ido are used in much the same way as Esperanto. Interlingua has a strong base of speakers, an abundant literature, a radio show, and many prominent writers, such as Giovanni Blandino and prize-winning economist Leland Yeager. At least historically, Ido has been in a similar position, and Volapuk once was as well. Esperanto is one of a few successful auxiliary languages, but it is not the only one.

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Where is Esperanto spoken?

Esperanto has no set country. It is spoken worldwide by ~2,000,000 people.

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What are the seven languages used in Esperanto?

The creator of Esperanto spoke Russian, Yiddish, Polish and German. He later studeied French, Latin, Greek and Hebrew. He also expressed an interest in Italian, Spanish and Lithuanian. Therefore, Esperanto, his creation, shows the influence of these languages which its creator knew.

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Spanish Language and Culture
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Is Esperanto the same as Spanish?

No.

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What is the word for always in motion in Esperanto?

Depending on the meaning of the phrase in Esperanto, the suffix for the present participle (-ant-) may cover most of the senses of "always in motion" such as: kuranta (adjective: kur'i = to run + ant'+ a) or movanta. The expression "ĉiam movanta" is also a possibility as an adjective or as an adverb with -e termination, "ĉiam movante".

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Is Eurasian and Esperanto the same thing?

No. Eurasian means on the border of Europe and Asia, or a country that is both in Europe and Asia. Eg, Russia is a Eurasian country, along with Turkey.


Esperanto is a language spoken by about ~2,000,000 people which is a combination of all the European Languages: French, English, German, Finnish, Spanish, Italian, etc.

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Do indirect objects take the -n suffix used for the accusative In Esperanto?

In a word, no!

For nouns and adjectives, the final -n is used in the accusative case only, not as an oblique/objective case as are "him", "me" in English. For adverbs, -n is used only in the accusative of direction.

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How do you say 'Cheers' in Esperanto?

"Je via sano" (i.e. to your health) is the usual way to say "cheers" in Esperanto

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What is Esperanto-?

Esperanto is an artificial language devised in 1887 as an international medium of communication, based on roots from the chief European languages.

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What are the Esperanto words for clock and watch?

The word horloĝo is used for both. If you must distinguish between the two, you can us brakhorloĝo to mean wristwatch.

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What are the Esperanto words for theater and cinema?

The words are teatro and kinejo, with "movie theater" and "motion picture theater" being translated as kinejo.

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What are the Esperanto words for success and failure?

The Esperanto words for success and failure are sukceso and malsukceso.

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Why is Esperanto so good?

It is relatively easy to learn.

It is a neutral language - there is no advantage for people born on a country.

It is very logical, you can build new words easily

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What was the purpose of esperanto?

Esperanto was and is intended to serve as a second language for us all. That's an ambitious but laudable aim.

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How do you say what is your name in Esperanto?

Kiel vi nomighas?

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