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1. Posted by DrewM (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

Greetings,

The title sort of tell's it. Anyone ever meet a person who spoke Esperanto in all your travels?

That's all.

2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Is this the language you have chosen to learn?? Just curious.

Since I don't get out much - no, I haven't encoutered Esperanto.

3. Posted by DrewM (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

Is this the language you have chosen to learn?? Just curious.

Since I don't get out much - no, I haven't encoutered Esperanto.

Considering it.

4. Posted by mimi_lx (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Hello. Personally I never meet a person that was able to talk it. But in my country (Portugal) there are some villages where esperanto is learned in schools. I think that there is a village where esperanto is talked.

5. Posted by mankso (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Actually I have met thousands of people who speak <B>Esperanto</B> - no kidding! You obviously have no idea of where and how to go about meeting Esperanto-speakers. The 92nd annual World Esperanto Congress just finished in Yokohama a couple of weeks ago - it attracted 1900 Esperanto-speakers from 57 different countries. I see you live in Canada - you could start by visiting the Vancouver website (Google: Vancouver + Esperanto).

I first came across Esperanto as a teenager. Everyone I met, including teachers and family members, told me not to waste my time with it. Thank God I took the time to look into it for myself and make up my own mind. It opened my eyes to the world of language, and led me into a career with languages. I have used Esperanto almost daily for 57 years now - for travel (especially around Eastern Europe), and have contacts in a wide variety of foreign countries. Nowadays I listen to daily Esperanto broadcasts on-line, take part in Esperanto discussion groups, read literature in Esperanto, subscribe to Esperanto magazines and so on. The language is as useful as you want to make it. If you sit on your duff all day waiting for an Esperanto-speaker to knock on your door, you'll probably have a very long wait (and a very sore duff). Go and look for them. They are all over the place.

If you wasted years at school trying to learn another language and still can't use it to communicate - experience the thrill of using another much easier language to communicate in a comparatively much shorter time - either passively (listening to radio broadcasts or reading), or actively (talking and writing to people). If you'd like to travel using Esperanto, use Pasporta Servo (Google it!). Discover Esperanto - it could change your life.

6. Posted by DrewM (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

experience the thrill of using another much easier language to communicate in a comparatively much shorter time

Roughly how long did it take you to become fluent?

7. Posted by DrewM (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

Actually... I am going to start learning esperanto, via Lernu.net. My reasons for chosing Esperanto noone will understand. But, I mean if you want the story... I tell. lol

8. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

I think Esperanto is a good idea for interest, and as an international initiative. However, I've never once been in any travel situation where it would have been useful - and it would be a bit obscure to intentionally put myself in situations purely because I had to speak Esperanto there wouldn't it? Unless I was particularly interested in speaking Esperanto for a reason other than travel?

Aargh, me brain's going round in a circle, I'm off to learn Spanish.

9. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

No, I never met a person who spoke it.
I think that Esperanto thing was just a big flop.
I did however meet somebody who took some classes in it.
He seemed pretty pissed off, that Esperanto was the language on offer at his school, instead of an established European language.

Mel

10. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

I like that "language" that school kids speak, where they add "ay" to the end of every word and put the first letter at the end, but before the "ay".

eg. hello becomes ellohay

I think it's called pig latin... or igpay atinlay