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.

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Olive Morgan 07.21.09 at 5:08 pm

“Everyone who has learnt Esperanto knows the joy of using this flexible and witty language”, says Esther Schor of Princeton University, who is writing a book on the history of Esperanto

Well, no, not everyone! My forte at secondary school - admittedly a very long time ago - was foreign languages, including Latin, and I welcomed the chance to learn Esperanto for the reasons given in this BBC article. Alas, I hated it because it didn’t roll off my tongue as other languages did and in the end I was glad to give it up. I always felt it was a great pity, but it was not for want of trying!

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DH 07.21.09 at 6:08 pm

‘Well if a person is a citizen of a nation then should all citizens \”assimilate\”? One can still retain their \”culture\” and still assimilate linguistically. Retainning ones culture is beyond language and in fact people within minority groups can still speak their language within their culture but if the language of the nation is a particular language then one should learn that one. If I desired to be a citizen of South Korea by golly I better learn Korean or I should just reject the notion until I learned that language. I see no reason to make people who have \”assimilated\” to be looked down upon. I\’m sure people within Esperanto groups are welcoming but are people who are part of Esperanto groups welcoming to those people who don\’t desire to learn Esperanto?’

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