Esperanto, the Solution to Cross-Lingual Communication? I Melanie W


Supposedly the world’s easiest language to learn is the completely phonetic, regular and 16 grammatical rule- 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, who’s 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- an English speaking individual needed to communicate with a say, German or Chinese counterpart neither of you would need to spend time learning the other’s language. Whatever language that you decided upon 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 be all 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 one thousand considering it their native language.

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