Esperanto, a world language
(after Headway Upper-Intermediate, 1 edition, p125)
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Hello, and welcome to today's Worldly Wise, the
programme that examines world issues and the way they
affect each and every one of us.
Today we turn our attention to languages, or more
specifically, to language.
I'm not talking about everyone sharing the same first
language, but sharing the same second language, and I'm
not talking about English, but Esperanto.
What are the facts about this artificial language? Well, it was invented in 1887 by a Polish doctor, Ludwig Lazarus
Zamenhof. The vocabulary comes mainly from Western
European languages, and the grammar is similar to Slavic
languages. It sounds like Italian.
From the learner's point of view, it has the advantage that
there are no exceptions to rules. It is spoken all over the
world by approximately eight million people. and there are
many who would like Esperanto to be the official second
language of the world.
I spoke to Professor Desmond Nesbit of the University of
Edinburgh for more information and asked him.
I prefer the term planned to artificial. Esperanto
means 'hopeful', and it was Zamenhof's hope that a common
language would promote a friendship and an understanding
amongst all people of the world. His er ... inspiration is
summed up by the Esperanto term interna ideo which means
central idea, and it is an idea of human peace and justice.
I see many. The advantages of the world being able
to talk freely to each other about business, politics, culture, sport, hobbies, well — are obvious. The costs of translation at any international conference are staggering. Did you know
that 55 per cent of the EEC's budget in Strasbourg is taken
up by translation costs?
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