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July 24, 2020: Ĉu vi parolas Esperanton?


Do you speak Esperanto?

On a pedestrianized street in Prague, we encountered this highly-noticeable advertisement for the benefits of learning to speak Esperanto.

For those who may not remember, Esperanto is an invented international language touted as a way to world peace through everyone sharing a common language, which, its enthusiasts hoped, would eventually replace all others.

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Its more modest claim today is that it is 'the most widely spoken constructed international auxiliary language.' It was first invented in 1887 by a Polish ophthalmologist, L. L. Zamenhof. On a more practical level, Zamenhof thought that if it became a universal second language, books would only need to be translated into Esperanto for everyone to understand.


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