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Brian Barker

In today's world, I think that the choice, realistically, for the future global language lies between English and Esperanto rather than an untried project.

It's unfortunate, however, that only a few people know that Esperanto has become a living language.

After a short period of 121 years Esperanto is now in the top 100 languages, out of 6,800 worldwide, according to the CIA factbook. It is the 17th most used language in Wikipedia, and in use by Skype, Firefox and Facebook.

Native Esperanto speakers,(people who have used the language from birth), include George Soros, World Chess Champion Susan Polger, Ulrich Brandenberg the new German Ambassador to NATO and Nobel Laureate Daniel Bovet.

Further arguments can be seen at http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=_YHALnLV9XU Professor Piron was a translator with the United Nations in Geneva.

A glimpse of Esperanto can be seen at http://www.lernu.net

ulo

It IS a noble idea.

Hels

I have written quite a bit about Zamenhof and Esperanto, but nothing about its history in the Fascist era in Central and Eastern Europe. I hope my readers follow up the link to your blog, many thanks.

Are you familiar with a plan for a reformed Judaism that Zamenhof called Hillelism? I saw some references to a book called "L.L. Zamenhof and the Shadow People" by Schor, but haven't read it.

Romeo  Vitelli

Thank you for your comment. I am not familiar with Hillelism but according to Wikipedia, Zamenhof later named it Homaranismo.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homaranismo

Neil Blonstein

Hello Romeo Vitelli. I'm an advocate for Esperanto for 43 years. For 5 years I'm a volunteer at our UN office, founded by the Ambassador of Australia, Ralph Lindsay Harry. Regarding the Zamenhof family I'm in occasional contact with a few members of the family. Relating to Bialystok, the birth city of L.L. Zamenhof, the city's government remains very sympathetic to the language and its history, opening a community center, The Zamemhof Center, during a recent World Esperanto Conference with some 1.500 participants. Many thousands of locals have since visited it.

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