July 5, 2011 by Robert Poort
Click here to learn more about Esperanto.
This month all Mormon Worker sites (click on the language links in the upper right column), will be introducing the International Language Esperanto. I am an Esperantist myself and editor of a mormon Internet site in Esperanto: Por Esperanta Mormonaro. Esperanto is the most widely spoken constructed international auxiliary language. Its name derives from Doktoro Esperanto (Esperanto translates as – one who hopes), the pseudonym under which L. L. Zamenhof published the first book detailing Esperanto, the Unua Libro, in 1887. Zamenhof’s goal was to create an easy-to-learn and politically neutral language that would foster peace and international understanding between people with different regional and/or national languages.
Estimates of Esperanto speakers range from 10,000 to two million active or fluent speakers. Esperanto has native speakers, that is, people who learned Esperanto from their parents as one of their native languages. Esperanto is spoken in about 115 countries. Usage is particularly high in Europe, eastern Asia and North and South America. Click here for selected chapters of the Book of Mormon in Esperanto.