Yahoo Answers is shutting down on May 4th, 2021 (Eastern Time) and the Yahoo Answers website is now in read-only mode. There will be no changes to other Yahoo properties or services, or your Yahoo account. You can find more information about the Yahoo Answers shutdown and how to download your data on this help page.

Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 10 years ago

When will Esperanto become the international language ?

I see that the British Government now emplys Esperanto translators.

http://services.parliament.uk/hansard/Commons/ByDa...

11 Answers

Relevance
  • Anonymous
    10 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    Many ignorant people describe Esperanto as a failure ; personally I would not be arrogant enough to forecast the future.

    However during a short period of 124 years Esperanto is now in the top 100 languages, out of 6,800 worldwide. It is the 22nd most used language in Wikipedia, ahead of Danish and Arabic. It is a language choice of Google, Skype, Firefox, Ubuntu and Facebook.

    Native Esperanto speakers, (people who have used the language from birth), include World Chess Champion Susan Polger, Ulrich Brandenberg the new German Ambassador to and Nobel Laureate Daniel Bovet. Financier George Soros learnt Esperanto as a child.

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-883743893...

    http://www.lernu.net/

    Esperanto Wikipedia enjoys 400 000 hits per day. That can't be bad :)

  • ?
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    >however the language isn't an equivalent illustration of international languages no longer even proportionately in its grammar or its vocabulary. You seem to have been contaminated by potential of notions of linguistic political correctness! Zamenhof (the initiator of Esperanto) regarded that there is a definite corpus of so-called 'international words', etymologically related to one yet another, that take place in maximum considerable ecu languages. that's precisely those that he secure in Esperanto on the thought of 'optimal internationality' - those products which may be understood by potential of the superb sort of folk. there substitute into, and is, in Esperanto no reason to comprise some thing from all the 6,000+ languages in the international, or from each language family individuals. Non-ethnic Esperanto is a synthesis of roots and grammar from the foremost ethnic Indo-ecu languages, and it so occurs that greater beneficial than 50% of the international now speaks an IE language. in case you like a committee-based IAL, take a glance on the history of IALA and see what they got here up with - even much less international than Esperanto! >its nonrepresentative nature dooms it to failure. Do the 7 factors of the Prague Manifesto count selection for no longer something then? In its 124-history Esperanto has carried out staggering fulfillment and unfold, pondering how little respected help (and how a lot respected opposition!) it has had. Ignoti nulla cupido!

  • 10 years ago

    You probably mean: "When will it become the most used international language".

    Difficult to answer. I suppose, it depends mainly on the marketing budget for Esperanto.

    At the moment this seems to be under 100 000 EUR a year globally, as a sum for all Esperanto associations. If they succeed to use a bigger part of their member's money to market Esperanto, Esperanto will probably spread much faster than it is now. We can assume that there are less than 10 percent of the educated students who know what Esperanto really is and how it can be used. If the associations succeeded in informing e. g. 50 %, the number of Esperanto speakers would rise a lot.

    The relation between Esperanto and English is now about 1:1000. For instance the Esperanto wikipedia gets 18,183 views an hour, the English version 9,401,602 views, which means 1:500. (Sources below.) So Esperanto would need to double the number of speakers about nine times to reach the position of English. (If we consider only the international use of English, the relation is smaller, because quite often English is used by native speakers.) If the Esperanto community would grow by 10 % a year, that would mean it doubled every 7 years and it reached a thousand times after 70 years. No one knows what language techniques would be available then... And no one knows, what growth is possible, as really efficient marketing strategies have not yet been applied to Esperanto. But we know that for instance it was possible in Nepal to grow from one speaker in 1980 to about 1000 Esperanto speaking people nowadays.

    Esperanto has often been presented as an alternative to English, but in fact it is much more an additional language to be used during holidays. If this understanding of the actual use spreads, probably people will be more open to the language.

    It is not clear, what the rise of Chinese, Spanish and Arabic will mean for international languages. Certainly the significance of English will decrease, as shows the article "GDP by language". Maybe people will understand better that an easy-to-learn, truly international language as Esperanto makes a lot of sence. So does the Government of China which publishes news about China everyday. Maybe Esperanto will begin to become an international language when China, Brazil and other similar countries will have a bigger national income than the United States. Why should they bother with English?!

    Source(s): Wikipedia statistics http://stats.wikimedia.org/EO/Sitemap.htm Esperanto statistics http://eo.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statistiko_de_Esperan... GDP by Language http://unicode.org/notes/tn13/ News from China in Esperanto http://esperanto.china.org.cn/ I am an Esperanto speaker for more than 30 years and have worked for different associations.
  • 10 years ago

    Esperanto is an international language used by hundreds of thousands of people all around the world for interethnic communication.

    Read also the following message:

    Message from Ms Irina BOKOVA, Director-General of UNESCO,

    United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

    on the occasion of the

    96th World Esperanto Congress,

    Copenhagen, 23 July 2011

    Source(s): Message from Ms Irina BOKOVA, Director-General of UNESCO: http://www.linguistic-rights.org/unesco/ About Esperanto | who speaks it | Why should I learn it? http://www.jeb.org.uk/esperanto Esperanto is... http://esperanto-usa.org/en/content/esperanto La Internacia Arta Vespero dum 96a Universala Kongreso en Bella Center / Kopenhago (29 julio 2011): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWhihyEj65M Esperanto: http://www.esperanto.net/
  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    As far as I'm concerned Esperanto is the International Language and has been for more than a century now. All you have to do is learn it and use it when you travel getting in touch easily with other Esperanto speakers. You can also use it on the net, read wonderful books, listen to the music etc. etc,

    But without learning it you''ll never be able to enjoy being a true internationalist.

    Source(s): Being an Esperanto speaker!
  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Maybe we can not consider Esperanto as The International Language, but sure it is An International Language by now.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Esperanto has been around over 100 years. Let's face it, English is at present the 'global' language, chased hard by Mandarin Chinese and Spanish and a few others. It seems unlikely that any of the several artificial universal languages that have been invented with the intention of universal communication will overtake any of the current popular languages. The advent of the internet has made English almost all-conquering.

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Esperanto is an artificial language created to act as an universal language. However the trend has not caught on and any deliberate attempt to raise its status has flopped.

    Moreover, in the time of globalization such as the one we are experiencing, language unification is something people deem as culturally harmful. Each culture is prized as a potential marketable product. Uniting all languages will severely affect a culture's uniqueness, not mentioning the detrimental effects on language institutions all over the world.

    Therefore, it is highly unlikely that Esperanto will catch on as an universal language.

  • 10 years ago

    Will take a look at link you posted, just out of curiosity. It's been ages (here in the U.S.) that we don't hear anything about that language which such a long time ago promised it would be the language of the world?

  • Jimmy
    Lv 6
    10 years ago

    Never, or shortly thereafter. it's been around for a century without making much progress, and none lately.

Still have questions? Get your answers by asking now.