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Where is esperanto even spoken?

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I want to know why the Esperanto language is important and where it is spoken.

2 years ago

40 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/jrg635
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It is spoken everywhere, while at the same time, nowhere.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/John00625
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Esperanto is spoken all around the world.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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This is a great question. Please don't downvote it. You'd think we'd want people to ask this question and have it answered!

It's important because its be best known and most widely spoken "artificial" language. It's spoken by at least a few people in over 100 countries, but it's not the main language anywhere.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Llpallka

About 2 million people speak Esperanto and it is spoken on about 115 countries, mostly in Europe, Asia, and South America.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/esperantistacxo

A census from 1999 says that 2 million is the estimate of speakers, but I doubt this number is less than 3 million nowadays. So if you could put together all esperantists on a desert island, it would have approximately the population of Jamaica :D

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KiriharaFarsk
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I agree! There must be about 2 and a half million Esperantists

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BerberuEsperanto

I wouldn't split that last Esperantist in half (lol). You meant 2 and a half million - full-hearted enthusiastic communicators?

And before anybody notices, let's keep the consensus to 3mn. Easier to write and would be true any moment in the near past of future.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KiriharaFarsk
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Oh mon dieu I've made a mistake, Thanks for the correction!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sorcerer978

Someone needs to make a country named esperantia or something.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BerberuEsperanto

What about the ~120+17 countries of the Non-Aligned Movement. Shouldn't they use EO as communication language? >55% of world population.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IceCreamCrackers

@Sorcerer978 I agree. I want there to be a country whose main language is Esperanto.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BerberuEsperanto

Imagine there's no countries, It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for... And all can speak Esperantooo ♫

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VictorForissier

It is important because it is the only "fair" language in the world. Meaning language in which no country has an innate advantage.

It is important because it is the easiest language to learn in the whole world. Thus making it the language most liable to be spoken by all.

It is important because it's an ideal. An ideal part of the European idea and the end of nationalism.

It's important because today, it's fun to do it. It's so not widely spread outside the linguist community that when you speak it with friends it's so damn cool and you get a sens of uniqueness.

It's important because in 20 years it'll be the European official and most widely spoken language, and I want to fight for it.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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I think the dream of becoming universal is a very important part of Esperanto. It's not a necessary part, though. It's been dreaming for 130 years. We can dream for a few more. The important thing is to use it now and to take advantage of what is useful about it now. Your 20 year dream may never come if we make the most now of the Esperanto we currently have.

Edit: Reading the above two months later, I am not sure what I meant by the last sentence. I think I meant: Your 20 year dream may never come but that doesn't matter if we make the most now of the Esperanto we currently have.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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Oh look, another visit from the Downvote Fairy. It would be interesting to know what someone found objectionable... or did they think the downvote button was the scroll down button?

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dellabitzke

The only problem with trying to make Esperanto an international language is that given its euro-centrism, it makes it hard for people to learn who aren't speakers of a European language. Nonetheless, I think it would work well for uniting Europe (especially considering the current state of making English the international language, and how unfair it is to speakers of other languages to have to learn their native language AND English).

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BerberuEsperanto

The parts (word roots) might be Eurocentric. The design (logic) is universal, so it should sell much better than Apple that has very restricted design, no matter where it's built. No more excuses in the cognitive age of world communications. If we don't move we will not notice the chains.

4 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zevlag13
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It's more popular in Europe, I think the countries with a bigger percentage of esperantists are Hungary and the microstate of San Marino. Outside the European Union, Esperanto has some popularity in China, Brazil, Russia and Australia.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/randomuser2017

It is taught in Hungary

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/iwc2ufan
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Esperanto is a constructed language. It is not the language of any country. It was created with the intent of making an easy to learn international language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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It's spoken nearly everywhere in the world because it is an international constructed language. It's supposed to be easy to learn. In fact, even though it was built off European languages, there are speakers in Asian countries (mostly Japan) as well, and so many people dedicated themselves to the language that thier children grew up with Esperanto as thier first language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Falsafaa
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It is subjective, but I think that it is important because it is very easy to learn. And as for where Esperanto is spoken, I'll just say that it is spoken on the Internet, events, etc. and that it belongs to anybody who chooses to speak it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/farfelo

Esperanto is a language which is spoken far more often on purpose rather than by chance. There is no "Esperanto Hogsmeade" village where everyone speaks it in the store, the restaurant, the library, on the street, etc. There are some homes where people speak Esperanto to each other. And sometimes an Esperantist meets another by chance. But usually people communicate on websites [like here!], at club meetings, conferences, real-world classes, correspond or voice-call friends, and so on. And there are books and magazines, both physical and on the net.

In another thread, someone else said Esperanto doesn't have "real value". They meant economic value in the workplace. But for many who learn it, it does have sociological and psychological value, as others have pointed out in this thread.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BerberuEsperanto

It's part of the new Social Currency in the New Real Economy (not financial).

PS. Money is secondary to Human Social Values.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KiriharaFarsk
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Wow Lvl 15, Congratulations man!

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/homacxo

In my apartment. It's an Esperanto zone!

...no wonder I live alone.

On a more serious note: For me it's important because it has given me an international language that is easier and more equal than English (because let's face it: I will never be able to express myself in English with the same fluency a native speaker does) and a unique culture that promotes positive values but still is neutral (I've studied/study other languages as well but they are always more or less bond to a certain nationality/culture whereas Esperanto is there for everyone) and a bit different and in my opinion more inclusive than the usual subcultures you can find online.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Robert114370
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For me, Esperanto is worth learning because it shows you that learning a language from scratch is no problem at all.

It is the first language I've learned without having been exposed to it first via TV or any other medium. It gives you a certain polyglotal confidence because it's quite easy to learn.

Also, it serves as a good foundation for learning other languages because the word roots are borrowed from different European languages.

Personally, I've found Esperanto helpful now that I've started learning Italian, although the main reason why I learn it is because I find it fun.

P. S. To answer where is it even spoken: during the universal congress of Eo or any other Eo-related gathering. And in your local Esperantist’s club, of course :D

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JapaneseJake

It is spoken everywhere, but for a reference, Europe, East Asia, and Brazil are places with higher concentrations of esperantists (At least from what I can tell).

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EmilyWalli
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Who’s down for a new country called Esperantia?

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BerberuEsperanto

Imagine there's no countries, It isn't hard to do, Nothing to kill or die for...

I'm UP for borderless Cyber Communities joined by interests, not physical locations. Massively used websites such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, Telegram, Reddit or Ipernity offer Esperanto interface. Content-providers such as WordPress and YouTube enable bloggers to communicate in Esperanto. Esperanto versions of programs such as LibreOffice, Mozilla Firefox, educational program about programming Scratch, online games like Minecraft offer complete Esperanto interface.

And AI, IoT, will need unifying language like Esperanto to communicate across the globe. VR/AR will bring us closer to...La Fina Venko. ( ͡~ ͜ʖ ͡°)

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dimitri505984

La esperanto estas una lingvon parolas tutmonde

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/remnantshadows

It was created to be an international language and there are speakers all over the world. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WOODIAN18
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PS el esperanto es hablado en todo el mundo aunque ningún país lo tiene de oficial

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BerberuEsperanto

Esperanto is the Humanity as 'One who Hopes'.

Languages are related to Culture/IDentity(s). Countries/nationalities are more recent phenomena and the languages are adopted to the regional needs/politics. Languages also adopt to professions and the way we think. When natives (including professionals) speak their language they do shortcuts assuming the others understand the context – that's recipe for misunderstanding when different cultures are involved. The biggest air disasters were when English was used among non-English speakers and interpreted wrongly.

However, with easier communication, people (want/need to) remove boundaries and at the same time communicate effectively with a Precise Neutral (easy) language that's inclusive, showing respect from both sides.

EO should be the auxiliary language that different cultures use to communicate with other – on reciprocal/collaborative level.

See some useful debate how to have productive communication:

European Identity, (search for) Zlatko Tisljar Assoc4 European Consciousness Maribor 3/8'11 www.debatingeurope.eu/2011/08/03/should-esperanto-be-the-language-of-europe/#.V53JpLh95hF

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Patton24

Right. It was a language made by a person who took words from Arabic, English, etcetera, and made up a couple of his own words as well. As salivanto said, it is not a main language anywhere but is widley spoken because the person who wrought Esperanto had a goal to make an easy to learn language and a global one as well.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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Et cetera is Latin for kaj ceteraj. :-)

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Travis257108

All I can think of is vikipedo and pasporta servo.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SheilaLind3

It is certainly NOT spoken much on the far northern California coast, which is where I live. I guess if you went to the Green Star Pub in Barlaston England, you might find a couple of speakers. Maybe the question should be "is there anywhere in the world where if I went to a fairly busy place and asked loudly "cxu iu cxi tie pararolas Esperanton?" would there be much chance of getting an answer?". Probably the place in the world where Esperanto is used most is the internet.

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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I think you could try that in Silver Bay NY in October.

3 weeks ago