Does someone in your family speak Esperanto?
The reason why I joined Duolingo is because I wanted to learn Esperanto. The language has intrigued me since my grandparents introduced it to me by handing me a comic in Esperanto almost thirty years ago. They used the language during their extensive travels through Eastern Europe (still part of USSR in those days). We don't see each other often and they're both forgetting a lot, so we haven't talked about/in Esperanto yet. However, it made me wonder how many people were introduced to Esperanto through their family or maybe even learned it as a child. As it is an artificial language, I wonder if it also spreads naturally (as a first language). I'm curious to know!
I've read that Esperanto is a native language in places, but I have not come across any speakers who speak the language from that experience. Or perhaps that's because the only two people who I have come across, who know the language and aren't on this forum, I have not spoken with about the topic due to shyness.
Since you asked and others in the comments are speaking of their origin story with Esperanto, I will answer my experience. I'm the only one who knows of Esperanto in my family. In fact, unfortunately, I am the only person in my family who is learning to be bilingual and eventually multilingual. I discovered Esperanto when I was looking up what an English word was in other languages.
In my family?! I'm wondering if there is anyone in my state! Mdr.
In all seriousness, the few esperantists I've come to make an acquaintance of learned it for conviction although I have also read about the native speakers and seen a couple of videos in YouTube interviewing a few.
XD I get the state frustration. I've never even met another Esperantist in real life and I've traveled a bit.
my first introduction with esperanto was in 2012! Not by a family member but by a college student who had to choose a topic for presentation and she decided to do a topic on that. No, none in my family speaks it or even knows about its existence :) Yet i like to learn it and perhaps it would be a language of all people of the world, as it is quite easy and simple.
Nu, mi parolas ĝin, kaj mi estas ano de mia familio ;)
Mia filo komprenas iom...
I was the one who started learning Esperanto first in my family, my husband speaks a little bit now because I was kind of insistent and my brother has been learning almost as long as me (the advantage to being a big sister is that you can twist your little brother's arm and he is so used to doing what you do that even when you are both grown he still goes along with a gag. Result!)
No one in my family speaks it and didn't even know what it was until I told them I was learning it. I found Esperanto by looking through Duo for a language that I wanted to learn (as I've always wanted to be able to speak more than one language) and noticed the monument that the Esperanto course has when you are scrolling through the language choices and wondered where it was. Anyways, when I read the description, I immediately became intrigued and started to learn it. So far, I've seen that the Esperantist community is full of amazing people I hope to connect with and a group I wish to become apart of!
I think it might be what is spoken in Heaven, in so far as people speak there. We were home-schooling, and wanted to break our children out of the monolingual ghetto. All our children completed Lernu's basic on-line course, but now remember nothing at all. Possibly the most famous native speaker is George Soros. I first encountered it in Robert Heinlein's science-fiction; He mentions Loglan, "standard" a "less pretty" form of spanish (Esperanto, I think) and others. He has a novel that features a conlang that utilized the strong Sapir-Whorf hypothesis (regrettably falsified, I think. My favorite such novel is "Babel 17".) Philip Jose Farmer features Esperanto in the Riverworld series. In college I encountered an Esperanto evangelist selling postage-stamp-sized grammars- and bought one. Then I found a textbook in the excellent local public library. Since I found it, I've always wanted to learn it for (bizarre) game-theoretic reasons: If everyone learns it, no-one has to learn any other second language. It's the fourth language I've seriously studied, and the most fun by far. Duolingo is actually enabling my self-study, I think. (Kudos!)
Esperanto evangelist selling postage-stamp-sized grammars
Since when are there Esperanto evangelists? How can you fit the grammar on a postage stamp?