From what language or idea was the word "bonvolu" constructed?
Bonvolu = bone (well) + volu (imperative of voli, to want, to wish).
Here are the translations for some words in the format :
French word = English word = Esperanto word
Bon = Good = Bone
vouloir = to want = voli
I think that Bonvolu is close to the french language and probably other languages of the latin family.
A useful source for the etymology of words from many languages:
What does it mean when a word like bonvolu ends in -u?
It's the imperative.
When volu functions as a verb in a sentence, it's in the imperative mood, but the word bonvolu ( = please -- built from bone + volu ) is an interjection.
I was under the impression that 'please' was 'mi pitas'. Where would you use that versus 'bonvolu'?
I think "mi petas" also means please (literally "I am asking for/requesting"), but can also be used as a question "mi petas?" to make it more like "I beg your pardon?" when you want someone to repeat something.
I'm not familiar with that form - are you sure that's Esperanto?
Yes, it is. 'Bonvolu' and 'mi petas' have similar meanings.
The "bon vouloir " in french
Jes also means Esperanto youth week?! Ok... Thats an instresting word to use considering it alao means yes!
Sounds closer to 'bonvoRu'