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Published:April 25th, 2011 09:42 EST
Esperanto, the International Language of Brotherhood

Esperanto, the International Language of Brotherhood

By Tony Graff

In 1887, professor L. L. Zamenhof from Poland developed a language he hoped would become an international language of brotherhood. It was named after his pseudonym, Esperanto. 

When many people first look at this language, it quickly gets filed with the science fiction nerds who can speak the Klingon language from Star Trek or who learned the Na`vi language from James Cameron`s Avatar movie. But Esperanto has been gaining more popularity.

Currently, there are over two million people who speak Esperanto, with many claiming to be a native speaker. Esperanto has made an appearance in popular media, from a Charlie Chaplin movie to more recent movies like Blade: Trinity and Gattaca. 
J. R. R. Tolkien, the brain behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy, was an avid supporter of the international language movement. While he created the Elven language spoken in the Lord of the Rings movies, he "backed Esperanto loyally" and encouraged others to do the same. 
 
After a week of studying the language, the first thing I noticed is how simply a person could pick up and understand it. There weren`t exceptions to deal with, there weren`t trick pronunciations, just simple, straightforward grammar and usage. Anyone who has studied a foreign language would find Esperanto easy to study. Further, there are many books, like the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings, that have been translated to the International language. Even the Bible is available in Esperanto. 
If you`re interested in learning more about Esperanto, there are free resources available. I use Lernu.net and esperanto-usa.org