Esperanto is a constructed language. That means that Esperanto can be learned quickly and easily. It is the reason that Esperanto puts people with different native languages on an equal footing when they communicate. At the same time, Esperanto has expressive capacities equal to those of any other living language.
There is no central registry of Esperanto speakers. It is therefore impossible to say how many people speak it. Realistic estimates are that there are upwards of 2 to 3 million.
Esperanto possesses translated and original literature, operas and rock music. Several radio stations have regular broadcasts in Esperanto. With over 200 000 articles, the Esperanto Wikipedia is among the larger Wikipedias.
Esperanto makes it possible for people of all countries and languages to communicate directly. It is therefore a menace to all totalitarian, doctrinaire and dictatorial systems. This is why Esperanto was banned under Hitler and Stalin, and Esperantists persecuted. Esperanto is a powerful tool for building international solidarity. Whoever learns Esperanto takes a step to reach out to foreign people, and meets them halfway.
ĝisdatigo de 2017-04-12 / last changes made on April 12, 2017