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Im conducting some research for a project as part of my uni degree in which I create a new visual identity for Esperanto in an effort to advocate for the view of globalisation.

If anyone would be willing to provide some more information as to why they have learnt this language as well as how they feel the language has impacted them as a person and how they think it would be able to effect the wider world?

Id like to know more about the origins of Esperanto and how it came about. Any info shared would be greatly appreciated.

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Angla sube:

Persone, mi lernis la lingvon ĉar mi amas lerni lingvojn; mi jam parolas du flue, du konversacie, kaj povas konversacii simple en kvin aliaj. Laŭ mi, Esperanto estas grava lingvo lerni ĉar ĝi estas neŭtrala (priparolante la lingvojn eŭropajn, kiuj estas pli kutimaj tramonde) kaj simplega. Studoj montras, ke lerni Esperanton antaŭ ol studi alian lingvon plibonigas la lernadon de la dua lingvo.

En mia vivo, mi vojaĝis al Germanujo (lando, kies lingvon mi ne parolas) nur ĉar mi konis iun per Esperanta grupo rete kaj ŝi invitis min ĉe si. Ŝi tradukis konversaciojn por mi kaj helpis al mi peti manĝaĵon kaj trinkaĵon dum mia resto. Tio estas ŝanco, kiun mi neniam havus (almenaŭ nesame) se mi ne lernis Esperanton. Ĉio ĉi-tie estas antaŭ ol paroli pri la fakto, ke mi havas amikojn tra la mondo kaj povas paroli pri preskaŭ ian temon en la lingvo.

Por pli da informo pri la kialo por l'ekzistado de la lingvo, mi rekomendas, ke vi legu Unua Libro de D-ro Esperanto (LL Zamenhof) kaj legu studojn de l'etimologioj de la vortoj. L'historio de la lingvo estas tre interesa kaj markas la komencon de sia propra branĉo de lingvoj (se oni permesus, ke ĝi konsideru sin romanca aŭ tuteŭropa [eble Indoeŭropa?] lingvo). Estas multaj Esperantidoj bazitaj je Esperanto tradicia kaj, ekde la naskiĝo de denaskuloj, estas vivanta kaj ŝanĝiĝanta lingvo kiu vere ekzistas en la mondo (ne kiel Klingo).

Mi esperas, ke ĉi-tio helpos!

English: Personally, I learnt the language because I love learning languages; I already speak two fluently, two conversationally, and can have simple conversations in five others. For me, Esperanto is an important language to learn because it is neutral (referring to the European languages which are very common throughout the world) and very simple. Studies show that learning Esperanto before studying another language improves learning of the second language.

In my life, I travelled to Germany (a country whose language I don't speak) only because I met somebody through an Esperanto group online and she invited me to stay at her place. She translated conversations for me and helped me order food and drinks during my stay. That's a chance that I never would have had (at least, not in the same way) if I hadn't learnt Esperanto. Everything here is before talking about the fact that I have friends throughout the world and can speak about almost any topic in the language.

For more information about the reason for the existence of the language, I recommend that you read Unua Libro (First Book) by Dr Esperanto (LL Zamenhof) and read studies about the etymology of the words. The history of the language is very interesting and marks the beginning of its own branch of langauges (if one allows that it be considered a Romance or Paneuropean [possibly IndoEuropean?] language). There are many Esperantidoj based on traditional Esperanto and, since the birth of denaskuloj (literally 'from-birth-ers', meaning 'Native Esperanto speakers'), it's a living and changing language that really exists in the world (unlike Klingon).

I hope this will help!

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You will find most of the factual information in the Wikipedia article for Esperanto. If you want to add a bit more of historic context, I suggest you also check the article for Volapük and International auxiliary language.

About the personal impact, I think it might be a better idea provide a private communications channel for that. I'm not sure this is the right forum to collect that information. In the meantime, searching for things like "how Esperanto changed my life", will take you to personal experiences such as this and this, for example.

There are native speakers and also second language speakers that come from many different native languages. That means that to research more about life experiences and the language you will most likely have to also search in other languages. This article (in French) is very interesting.

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As the other answers my personal impact.

  • It is a sticky (as easy) language. I migrated to another language and decided not to seek out peoply from the home country, neither Esperanto. (Also I am anglophile to some degree.) For not becoming part of a limited community. After a couple of years I continued with Esperanto. Like riding bicycle one remains fond of it.
  • One can apply the language, like cheap international gatherings in the same country or abroad. Contacts abroad.
  • I, Dutch, got my wife, Bulgarian, by it, and living in Germany, Esperanto is our regular and intimate language.

On the historical and future perspectives there is much material, not always objective both pro and contra Esperanto. It is easier to screen on the (more objective) pro side.

  • English has its limits, for instance w.r.t. the depth of conversations, or its vocabulary and spelling. It is more a very trendy though limited lingua franca.
  • Esperanto is neutral, easy for child and elder.
  • Esperanto already is pervasive; add eo=Esperanto to your browser languages. Or Linux and other software localized in Esperanto. It is a thriving language.
  • It is not a trendy but convincing language.

IF you do not find external references here

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