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Esperanto in Schools

January 18, 2016 1 comment

It is interesting to discover that an artificial language that has only existed for about 130 years is actually being taught in the schools to children in various countries throughout the world. I have found some videos on the internet that show children learning Esperanto.

Here is a video showing children in Brazil learning Esperanto.

 

 

Here is another video showing children in France learning Esperanto.

 

 

Here is another video showing children in Switzerland speaking Esperanto in class.

 

 

These Chinese students are learning Esperanto in school.

 

 

These German students speak Esperanto.

 

 

These Russian university students apparently know the language.

 

 

These Dutch university professors teach Esperanto at the University of Amsterdam.

 

 

Teaching children Esperanto first is a good idea because it helps them learn other languages faster. Esperanto is such an easy language to learn. Virtually anyone can learn to speak it at a basic level or better within 3 months. However, like learning other languages, one still must work at it. The main difference is that one does not need to work as much at it as one would have to do if one studied one of the national languages. Here is another video by Ted Morley. He teaches Esperanto to children in a primary school in the UK.

 

 

Ted Morley has even taught the pop singer, Kelly Clarkson, some Esperanto.

 

 

Finally, here is another song in Esperanto by a Swedish band called “La Perdita Generacio” (“The Lost Generation”). Enjoy!

A Fair, Cost-Effective International Communication Tool

October 3, 2015 Leave a comment

Imagine if you lived in a world where Mandarin Chinese was the lingua franca of the world. Imagine having to spend twenty to thirty hours a week studying this spoken and written language of China. Plus while growing up in the school system in this country you must also study your own language and literature so that you can effectively communicate in standard English. Would this be fair to you? Remember that Chinese does not have an alphabet. It has a symbol for each word in the language. Would you like that?

Now think about traveling abroad. You want to buy something, but Chinese is the international language of business. You must either speak the native language of the country in which you are traveling or else speak Chinese. Would you like that?

Now think about the current situation in the world where English is the lingua franca. Do you think that people in other countries enjoy spending time learning English with its irregular orthography and its strong and irregular verb conjugations? Some people in the world learn English out of necessity but they actually resent having to do that. They might dislike American or British foreign policy and have a certain amount of resentment toward English speaking countries. They might think that it is just not fair that they must learn English.

In reality, however, most people in the world — at least 90% — cannot communicate in English. Of the non-native speakers of English, most of them do not communicate very well in English. They lack a sufficient amount of vocabulary and often use the language poorly.

I have presented a hypothetical scenario and the actual scenario today. Now, I want to present a fair, cost-effective solution, but first watch this video.

Mr. Hurstel is right. Requiring people to learn another national language as a second language in order to engage in international communication is not fair. Esperanto is a much better solution. It is a constructed language. Its grammar is simple. Vocabulary building is easy. One can learn Esperanto five to ten times faster than one of the national languages.

Think about this. If you, for some reason, were required to spend quite a lot of time in Poland and you had a choice. You could spend three months studying Esperanto or three years studying Polish. Which would you do? I think that most people would opt for the first choice. There are universities in Poland that teach Esperanto and there are a lot Esperanto speakers in that country. Likewise, the same can be said for other Eastern European countries. The largest university in Hungary has an Esperanto department.

A lot of books have been originally written in Esperanto. A lot of books have been translated into this language, too. There is music in the language. There is a political party in Europe that advocates the usage of Esperanto in the European Union government. There are schools in Europe, China, and South America that teach Esperanto to children. Even if the children never use the language outside of school very much, they still have an edge on learning other languages with much greater ease. Learning an super-easy language like Esperanto first helps one break the psychological barrier of learning another language. Success breeds success.

Here is another video. It is entirely in Esperanto. It is about an Esperanto event that occurred in July 2014 in Nitra, Slovakia. Many people from many countries attended the event.

There are music videos in the language. This one is by Martin Wiese. It is called “Superbazaro.” He is from Sweden.

I have already started a blogsite on WordPress in the language. My site address is eperantoktp.wordpress.com. This language is a rapidly growing internet language and it is very easy to learn. There are forums in the language where people can interact with people from all over the world about a whole lot of different issues. Some of them are on Facebook. There are some forums on lernu.net. People can learn the language free of charge there. I enthusiastically recommend that people learn it.