Is Esperanto the Solution to Cross-Lingual Communication?

January 23, 2017

Supposedly the world’s easiest #language to learn is the completely phonetic, regular and 16 grammatical rule known as #Esperanto. As well as providing a platform for businesses to communicate across different languages, Esperanto is an excellent base for learning other #languages and understanding your own native language. It was created by L. Zamenhof, whose aim was to create a very easy to learn language that would be neutral, foster #peace and provide easy #communication.

 

It is described as an ‘auxiliary’ language, this means that if you as an English speaking individual needed to communicate with a say a #German or #Chinese counterpart, then neither of you would need to spend time learning the other’s language. Whatever language that you decided to speak with, it would allow the speakers of that language to have a subtle advantage. Instead, with #Esperanto as an auxiliary and a ‘second’ language you would all be on the same level.  It would not replace your native language however, unlike the rise of speaking #English and the decrease in cultural and linguistic diversity that goes with it. Esperanto is politically neutral and easier to learn than English too.  It has an estimated 2 million speakers, with a thousand considering it their native language.

 

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