Critical response for “Esperanto, The Hope of The World” and “What’s the point of Esperanto” Source:
“Esperanto, The Hope of The World” – Yan Rado
Esperanto – The Way Forward Conference – Bogna Regis, England, June, 2011
“What’s the point of Esperanto” – Angla Sola
The Language Journal, Freedom Press, Melbourne, 2011
In the demand of intercultural communication, it is essential for people to use one language to communicate between nations as a global language. Although English is used worldwide in many circumstances, there are some languages which are still used as lingua franca such as Esperanto. This essay will clarify the view of Esperanto as a world’s second language. In the article “Esperanto, The Hope of The World” (2011), Yan Rado notes that Esperanto is an artificial language which was created by Zamenhof in 1887. According to Rado, Esperanto should be a global language because of three reasons. First, the purpose of Esperanto is to create peace and harmony through a simple and neutral language (2011). Thus, learning Esperanto is faster and easier than learning English. In addition, because Esperanto is an artificial language, it does not belong to any culture. On the other hand, in the article “What’s the point of Esperanto?” (2011) Angla Sola asserts that Esperanto cannot replace English to become an international language (2011). To support his ideas, Sola identifies three reasons which prevent Esperanto to be a global language. First, the author claims that Esperanto is not a neutral language because it was created by a Polish man who was influenced by European cultures. Moreover, the reason for not spreading Esperanto worldwide is more than the misfortune in the past, it is about the strengths of this language such as the number of speakers, the power of native speaking countries or the attractiveness of this language itself. Finally, Sola states that people may waste their time to learn a...
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