Skip to main content
18 votes
Accepted

What is "La Leĝo de Tonjo"?

The Leĝo de Tonjo is a humorous law mocking the fact that a large portion of conversations in Esperanto end up getting derailed by a discussion about grammar. The original text of the law is: Ju ...
Neil Roberts's user avatar
  • 17.3k
18 votes
Accepted

Does Esperanto make people friendlier?

I'm sure there are several factors at play - including confirmation bias, since there are some Royal Jerk Esperantists out there - but to the extent to which it's true that Esperantists are friendlier,...
Tomaso Alexander's user avatar
17 votes
Accepted

Who are some of the well known female Esperanto activists today?

Here are seven important names that immediately come into my mind (ordered by how important I consider their current or very recent contributions to be): Katalin Kováts, the leader of edukado.net, a ...
Marcos Cramer's user avatar
17 votes
Accepted

How did the color green become associated with Esperanto?

The origin of the use of green can be traced back to Dr. Zamenhof. In 1911, he wrote: About the origin of our green star I no longer remember very well. It seems to me that Mr Geoghegan drew my ...
Nathaniel is protesting's user avatar
17 votes
Accepted

Is Esperanto a viable language to put in the "languages spoken" section of my resume?

We discussed that question here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/15562777 I said that if you put Esperanto on your resume, the response at an interview (if you get one) will certainly be "what the ...
Tomaso Alexander's user avatar
15 votes
Accepted

Kiu estas Liza en la kanto de Persone kaj kial ŝi pentras bildojn?

Mi fakte scias, kiu estas Liza. Mi eĉ renkontis ŝin plurfoje. Sed mi ne povas doni pli da detaloj pri ŝia identeco. Ŝi pentras bildojn, ĉar ŝi estas artistino. La kantisto transiris al aliaj ...
Bertilo's user avatar
  • 826
14 votes
Accepted

Is there an official Hex Color Code for the Esperanto green and what is it?

The Esperanto Wikipedia article about the flag happens to have a section about this. There is no official color, and various organizations and people have used various shades of green for the flag ...
Mutre's user avatar
  • 1,252
13 votes
Accepted

Did the writer George Orwell hate Esperanto, and why if it is the case?

George Orwell doesn't appear to have hated Esperanto, though he seems to have feared the potential for abuse found in a universal language. He was exposed to Esperanto through a friend of his aunt, ...
Nathaniel is protesting's user avatar
13 votes

What is the purpose of the annual Universala Kongreso?

The UK is so big, that there is not its one and only purpose. People go there for various reasons. For example Meet their Esperanto friends from all over the world. Many Esperanto speakers have ...
Johannes Mueller's user avatar
13 votes

Why are many companies using Esperanto words for their brand name?

I can think of a few reasons: They are not using Esperanto words on purpose. Esperanto uses a lot of Latin roots, so there are often similar-sounding words with similar meanings in Latin and other ...
Chives's user avatar
  • 3,191
13 votes
Accepted

Cursing and swearing in Esperanto

Swear words in any language are emotionally charged and are, as you say, highly intertwined with a language's culture. Some languages use religious imagery (Sweden: "jävlar!" Québécois French: "...
Charlotte SL's user avatar
  • 8,207
13 votes
Accepted

Ĉu ekzistis aŭ ekzistas Esperanta mono?

En 1907 svisa Esperantisto René de Saussure proponis la internacian monunuon "spesmilo". Ĝi estis dividebla al "spesoj" (mil spesoj = unu spesmilo). Ĝis la komenco de la unua mondmilito (do ĝis ĉirkaŭ ...
Raizin's user avatar
  • 1,020
12 votes
Accepted

"Dear" is used a lot in the Duolingo course. Why is that?

Saluton kara! Chuck Smith, the coordinator of the Duolingo course, responded to a similar question in the Facebook group for Duolingo Esperanto Learners: It's definitely used more in Esperanto than ...
Vanege's user avatar
  • 11.2k
12 votes
Accepted

Is there a place to buy Esperanto merchandise?

I'm a big fan of La Sekreta Societo de Esperantistoj. They specialize in T-shirts and stickers. I have their stickers on my laptop and my car. You can also order supplies from the Esperanto USA ...
Andrew Young's user avatar
12 votes

Are Vikipedio articles written using good Esperanto?

Yes. The Esperanto Wikipedia does contain well-written articles, but that does not mean all articles are well written. According to my experience, language quality in the Esperanto Wikipedia is mostly ...
Johannes Mueller's user avatar
12 votes
Accepted

Is there an ideal Esperanto congress for beginners?

There is Somera Esperanto Studado particularly interesting for beginners, as it has a focus on learning, courses in the morning, other stuff in the afternoon and evening. Further more I'd recommend ...
Johannes Mueller's user avatar
11 votes
Accepted

Where do people use Esperanto?

Esperanto can be found in many places. Certainly people use Esperanto at Esperanto events and online, but it is also used in other places. The Chinese government has an Esperanto news service and ...
Andrew Young's user avatar
11 votes

Where do people use Esperanto?

Where do people use Esperanto? I have personally used it to move furniture around town, steer a boat, cook, talk about the best way to get back home and avoid the rain during a bicycle tour... I ...
Charlotte SL's user avatar
  • 8,207
11 votes

Why some esperanto-speakers call others "samideano"?

It's a reference to "la interna ideo", which Zamenhof described like this: "La interna ideo of Esperanto, which is in no way obligatory for any individual Esperantist, but which [...] is and always ...
Tim Morley's user avatar
  • 1,073
10 votes
Accepted

Is there an Esperanto publisher that I could buy books from?

There are a lot of bookshops and publishers from which you can order Esperanto books. Given that sending costs can depend on how far you live from the location of the bookshop of publisher, I will ...
Marcos Cramer's user avatar
10 votes

What is the purpose of the annual Universala Kongreso?

The Univerala Kongreso brings together the biggest number of Esperantists, including many of the most active and most experienced ones. It has a lot of program: Organizational program: Major ...
Marcos Cramer's user avatar
10 votes

Did the writer George Orwell hate Esperanto, and why if it is the case?

It seems to be based on personal experience. Here are several links that give some background: http://www.autodidactproject.org/other/orwell-esperanto1.html http://www.englishlanguagefaqs.com/2013/06/...
Oliver Mason's user avatar
  • 3,194
10 votes

Are Vikipedio articles written using good Esperanto?

You can find a list of featured/good Wikipedia Esperanto articles down here Featured articles (Elstaraj artikoloj) Good articles (Legindaj artikoloj)
benahm's user avatar
  • 1,730
10 votes
Accepted

Is there an Esperanto Vikipedio meetup?

Yes, there are many Esperanto Wikipedia meetups. Those are usually organized as a part of Esperanto congresses, or sometimes, as a part of Wikimanias (e.g. https://wikimania2016.wikimedia.org/wiki/...
Beĥruzbek Oĉilov's user avatar
10 votes
Accepted

Is there a contemporary "Promeso", a promise to learn Esperanto if there is a certain number of prospective learners?

No, not to my knowledge. In my opinion, the closest thing we have to such a count is the number of Esperanto learners on Duolingo: currently over 500,000 with over 1,000 new learners per day. With ...
Chuck Smith's user avatar
  • 2,314
10 votes
Accepted

Kiel pluramemo iĝis populara en Esperantio?

Mi pensas ke ĉiuj kiuj spertis la eŭropan junularan Esperanto-movadon dum la lastaj dek jaroj povas atesti ke pluramemuloj abundas kaj sufiĉe malfermas. Kaj ke estas kreskanta tendenco. Se nia ...
Tomio's user avatar
  • 241
10 votes
Accepted

How do I say "Thank you, Captain Obvious?"

There doesn't seem to be any routine equivalent that would be globally understood. The French equivalent is Merci, M. de la Palice and a few European languages refer to lapalissades. In Spanish and ...
Andrew Woods's user avatar
  • 13.7k
10 votes
Accepted

Which is the longest book published in Esperanto?

Something like this is best answered by someone who works at an Esperanto library. I am not sure, but I can give you a list of contenders. I don't own these books, so I can only judge by the reported ...
Andrew Woods's user avatar
  • 13.7k
9 votes
Accepted

How are the locations for the Universala Kongreso chosen?

The board of the Universala Esperanto-Asocio, UEA, is the specific organization that decides where the congress takes place. They make the decision based on proposals by local/national organizations. ...
Charlotte SL's user avatar
  • 8,207
9 votes
Accepted

What is a Gufujo and how is it different from a Kafejo?

A gufujo is a room at an international Esperanto (usually youth) meeting, in which various teas are served in a calm atmosphere during the evening and at night. It was invented as an alternative to a ...
Marcos Cramer's user avatar

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible