From the category archives:


Springboard to languages

by Richard on September 25, 2013

Tim Morley argues the propaedeutic value of Esperanto.


A photon checks into a hotel and the porter asks him if he has any luggage. “No,” replies the photon, “I’m travelling light.”
“Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?”
When I heard that oxygen and magnesium had hooked up, it was like “OMg!”
A student travelling on a train looks up and sees [...]

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Preaching in the language of hope*

by Richard on May 16, 2010

It’s been a fascinating weekend, partly spent at the British Esperanto Conference, which is meeting in Llandudno. They’d invited me to preach at the “Diservo”, which I’d arranged to be at the splendid St John’s Methodist Church. Our hymns were all Esperanto translations of familiar hymns, and we chose Welsh tunes so although the congregation [...]


A language of hope

by Richard on July 21, 2009

The BBC’s Dina Newman looks at Esperanto and considers the continuing appeal of this language designed to foster harmony and coexistence.


Spreading the word

by Richard on May 25, 2008

New Statesman takes another look at Esperanto and it’s use by anti-globalisation activists
There have been many attempts to spread the word (or vorto in Esperanto), but the latest spurt of enthusiasm comes from among contemporary anti-capitalist organisers hoping to use it to facilitate international action.
The Esperanto League for Freedom in Hokkaido (Libera Esperanto-Asocio en Hokkajdo), [...]


Claude Piron (1931-2008)

by Richard on January 24, 2008

Claude Piron, one of the most effective Esperantists of recent times, has died at home. Piron was a translator with the UN and the World health Organization, translating from English, Spanish, Russian and Chinese into French. In this video, he makes a case for the use of Esperanto.


Ili Parolas Esperanton

by Richard on June 28, 2007

Quite a nice articlefrom Plotki ~Rumours from around the Bloc
Zsofia Korody is a teacher at one of the most prestigious full grammar schools in Hungary. Vanildo Siller, a tourism expert from Brazil, is currently enjoying cycling through London and earning some money at a hotel to fund his coming studies in Paris. Jean Codjo is [...]


Confession time

by Richard on May 27, 2007

I have a confession to make, but I’m hesitant. Who wants to look ridiculous? But my guilty secret is weighing me down and I’m hoping that ‘getting it off my chest’ will bring some relief. Confession, I’m told, is good for the soul. So here goes.
Mia nomo estas Richard, kaj mi estas Esperantisto.
That’s right. I [...]