What is the purpose of Esperanto?

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Why do we have the language Esperanto? As many of us know Esperanto is the, "Universal Language". The question I would like to ask is, "Is it really the universal language? Who actually speaks it?"  When looking up the most popular spoken languages Esperanto does not even come up on the top 30 list. Mandarin is the most spoken language in the world, so that makes me wonder why isn't that the universal language instead? 

The purpose of a universal language is to be a second language learned by everyone so that we can all sufficiently communicate throughout the world. What makes me curious about that is why isn't Esperanto taught in school if it is supposed to better communication worldwide? Currently Esperanto is only spoken by about two million people. I would suggest having it taught in schools if we want to benefit the communication worldwide.

The purpose of a universal language is to unlock the communication barrier. Why wouldn't someone want to have the ability to speak to anyone in the world. Having no communication barrier could solve so many problems in the world. I believe that we should suggest to many facilities that Esperanto be taught at a young age or at least in high school or college. I believe that getting rid of a communication barrier would help us in so many ways. It can help us keep everyone on the same page and understanding everything that is going on.

Going back through everything, there is so many resources available to learn Esperanto. Though no one does or a very very small amount of people do. Things need to be changed if Esperanto is to really thrive and truly become the universal language. It is a bit of a shame that the resources are not being utilized as much as they should be.

There are many resources that one can look at to learn the language. Here are a few I found in case anyone wants to join the two million speakers today. 

I hope everyone gets the chance to learn Esperanto in the near future, so we can all be on the same level and understand what is going on with everyone in the world.

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Hey Kelsey,

I’m so glad to see this as a blog topic. Esperanto has always fascinated me and I wish it were a more common resource. I am a language major myself and thoroughly enjoy traveling. Having a universal language could open so many doors – think about the endless possibilities if we had a shared language!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Esperanto, here is a bit of background. According to this short history, it is the most common artificial language. The language was invented by a Polish doctor named Zamenhoff. The name Esperanto translates to “one who hopes” to says this source. Amazingly, Esperanto dates back to 1887.

The similar themes that are maintained through the various sources I encountered were that Esperanto is easy to learn and it is meant to serve as a second language (not as a substitute for a primary language). Since Esperanto is a combination of Latin, Romance languages, and Germanic languages, the so-called experts claim it is easy to learn.

Since it is apparently so easy to learn, I decided to find a phrase or two. I downloaded one of the sources you provided and here is a little bit it taught me:
Saluton! Mia nomo estas Michelle. Mi logas en State College. (Hello! My name is Michelle. I live in State College.)

Thanks for sharing this!

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