What is Esperanto?
Esperanto, The International Language, is a language developed
to make it easier for people of different cultures to communicate.
Its author, Dr L L Zamenhof (1859-1917), published his "Lingvo
Internacia" in 1887 under the pseudonym "Dr. Esperanto". It is
now spoken by at least two million people, in over 120 countries.
There are thousands of books and over 100 periodicals published
currently. But what makes it any more international than Spanish,
French, English or Russian?
Incorrectly termed 'artificial' (the right word is 'planned'),
Esperanto is specifically intended for international/intercultural
use, so those who use it meet each other on an equal footing,
since neither is using his or her native language. With national
languages, the average person isn't able to express himself as
well as a native speaker or the gifted linguist. Thanks to its
simple, logical, regular design, anyone can learn Esperanto fairly
Depends. Just do immersion education, it's easy that way, and you pick up accents easier.
Chinese is pretty easy, if you ignore the complex spelling system (which is still complicated after the simplification), three varieties of keyboards, the extraordinary amount of characters that sound the same and individual characters with multiple pronunciations, the obsession with ancient poems (古诗), which you have to know at least five or something to be "educated", and the anecdote-esque idiom-esque 成语, which I'm not even gonna talk about. And that doesn't include dialects.