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Monday, July 26, 2010

123 years ago, the first book in Esperanto

[L.L. Zamenhof, 1859-1917]

'Lingvo internacia. Antaŭparolo kaj plena lernolibro' [International Language. Foreword And Complete Textbook], first book in Esperanto written under the pseudonym 'Doktoro Esperanto' by Polish ophthalmologist and philologist L.L. Zamenhof, has been published exactly 123 years ago, on July, 26th 1887.

Constructed language created by Zamenhof to promote cooperation and mutual understanding between people speaking different languages, Esperanto has become very 'pop' but unfortunately has never become an international standard. Maybe in the future?

Were Zamenhof's ideas too radical at the time? And now? Was Doktoro Esperanto too idealist?
Do you know some words in Esperanto?

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  1. Esperanto hasn't yet gained the recognition it deserves. However, all things considered, it has actually done amazingly well. In the past 123 years, it has managed to grow from a drawing-board project with just one speaker in one country to a complete and living natural language with around 2,000,000 speakers in over 120 countries and a rich literature and cosmopolitan culture, with little or no official backing and even bouts of persecution. It hasn't taken the world by storm - yet - but it's slowly but surely moving in that direction, with the Internet giving it a significant boost in recent years.

    I've just come back from Havana in Cuba, where the Universala Kongreso was attended by a thousand people from 59 countries, including Haiti, Bolivia and Equador.

  2. Hi Bill!
    Thanks for your comment!

    I don't know so much about Esperanto but I agree with you. It's really an amazing project and it's absolutely incredible that it could become so famous and diffused without economical interests behind him.

    Can you tell me something more about this congress?