Monday, May 21, 2012

Profile: L. L. Zamenhof

Esperanto. Good idea... in theory.

Zamenhof was suggested by Matt from Boston and Tony from London.

1 comment:

  1. You wrote about Esperanto: "Good idea... in theory". There's nothing theoretical about it. Esperanto which has demonstrated its pracrtical usefulness over many years. In fact, it is the 125th anniversary of the language this year.

    This language has some remarkable practical benefits. Personally, I’ve made friends around the world through Esperanto that I would never have been able to communicate with otherwise. And then there’s the Pasporta Servo, which provides free lodging and local information to Esperanto-speaking travellers in over 90 countries. Over recent years I have had guided tours of Berlin, Douala and Milan in this planned language. I have discussed philosophy with a Slovene poet, humour on television with a Bulgarian TV producer. I’ve discussed what life was like in East Berlin before the wall came down, how to cook perfect spaghetti, the advantages and disadvantages of monarchy, and so on. I recommend it, not just as an ideal but as a very practical way to overcome language barriers and get to know people from a very different cultural background.