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Do dialectical variations exist in Esperanto?

I think it is human nature that if you meet with the same group of people often enough you end up creating your own set of words and phrases that might not be understood outside of your circle, and ...
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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 ...
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How many Esperanto speakers exist?

There are two problems with counting the number of Esperanto speakers: It is not clear what the definition of "Esperanto speaker" should be. Depending on the chosen definition, the number can be in a ...
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How many people speak Esperanto compared to other planned languages?

Let's get started with this site on Lojban: The on-line Lojban mailing list, which constitutes the largest community of people using the language, has over 200 subscribers, with well over 20 ...
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Which country of Africa has the highest number of Esperanto-speakers?

Measuring numbers of Esperanto speakers is notoriously difficult, but UEA does publish some enlightening figures about its member countries, including African ones. Judging by UEA members, the most ...
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How did Telegram become so popular with the Esperanto community?

I can think of several factors: It is easy to install on a computer and on a phone Groups are public and it is possible to read past messages, so it is a good introduction to conversational written ...
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Do dialectical variations exist in Esperanto?

Dialects come about because of geographical separation of various groups of speakers of the same language. Of course, Esperanto speakers are very much geographically separated, but the way it is used ...
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Kie trovi grupojn de Esperantistaj programistoj?

Jam estas la jenaj grupoj: Libera Programaro Tradukado de liberaj programaroj al Esperanto Komputiloj kaj Esperanto Esperanto per poŝtelefono Androidanoj - Esperanto por Android Linukso en Esperanto -...
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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 ...
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What is the gender ratio of the Esperanto community?

It's difficult to conduct an accurate census of Esperantujo's real demographics, but here are some charts showing members of Edukado.net according to the sex they listed, with viroj (men/males) being ...
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What is the difference between “tio” and “ke”?

Tio is a noun-like word, whereas ke is a conjunction. More specifically, tio translates "that [thing]", and is comparable with other noun-like correlatives (kio "what [thing]", ĉio "everything", nenio ...
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Why do Esperantists use more "x" instead of "h", which is in the Esperanto alphabet?

Two arguments I have encountered for preferring "x" to "h": Because it is not an existing letter in the Esperanto alphabet, automated conversion is possible, e.g. sx could be ...
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How many people speak Esperanto compared to other planned languages?

Let's see the numbers from the English Wikipedia. Important note: the definition of "speaker" is not precise. As most speakers of a planned language learned it as an L2, which level of knowledge and ...
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Do dialectical variations exist in Esperanto?

Esperanto was created to have one common language that is easy to learn with as much in common as possible and as little variation as possible. That doesn't mean that people haven't enriched the ...
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Do all active Esperanto-speakers use the Internet?

There are many elder Esperantists who don't use the Internet. At the Universala Kongreso I discussed with some people about Esperanto radio stations and mentioned podcasts. And they were like, if it's ...
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Is Esperanto a viable language to put in the "languages spoken" section of my resume?

Every single time I was asked about it in the interview, and it was always viewed positively, with interest, not something to be frowned upon. And I absolutely disagree with hiding it. I could. I ...
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How many Esperanto speakers exist?

Over a million speakers. I'm a bit shocked no one mentioned the extensive scientific survey by Sidney S. Culbert to determine the number of Esperanto speakers worldwide. If you want all the details, ...
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How many Esperanto speakers exist?

According to Wikipedia, a linguist named Jouko Lindstedt, an expert on native-born Esperanto speakers, presented the following to show the overall proportions of language capabilities within the ...
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Which country has the highest percentage of Esperanto speakers?

Vatican must have a very good shot to lead in the list by far, if only a single Esperanto speaker lives there. See: http://eo.radiovaticana.va/, RADIO VATIKANA - ESPERANTO REDAKCIO lists its address ...
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How many Esperanto speakers exist?

Here is a rough estimate based on something new. The new site https://esperantujo.directory/ has 1118 esperantists when I last looked at it and from this includes 34 Hungarians. In 2011, 8397 people ...
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Kie trovi grupojn de Esperantistaj programistoj?

Ĉi-Github ekzistas Esperanto organizo, Ĝi havas multajn membrojn kaj projektojn
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What is the gender ratio of the Esperanto community?

I asked a very similar question in another venue, as the apparent ratio of males to females that I was seeing in the public spaces was very skewed in favour of males. I got very similar answers ( 80/...
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Is Esperanto a viable language to put in the "languages spoken" section of my resume?

I was very hesitant to put Esperanto in my resume myself because of all the misconceptions people have about it (which are neatly listed here: What are the most common misconceptions about Esperanto?)....
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Is Esperanto a viable language to put in the "languages spoken" section of my resume?

I have added it to my resume solely because my research advisor at university added "Marathon Runner" to hers for a chemistry teaching position. The only reason I know this is because another ...
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Logic behind "ĉiu"?

No, for the correlatives holds: ĉi-, ki-, ti-, neni-, i- and -u, -am, -el and such are not independent parts, roots, and have nothing to do with roots ĉi or imperative verb suffix -u. The definition ...
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How many people speak Esperanto compared to other planned languages?

It's hard to get absolute numbers, but comparing relative numbers of speakers is possible. Numbers used in other answers are not comparable, because they come from different sources. So I decided to ...
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Which country has the highest percentage of Esperanto speakers?

I always tell people that Esperanto tends to be concentrated in areas where people feel the "language problem" most strongly - so we expect to find a higher concentration Esperanto speakers in Belgium ...
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What is the gender ratio of the Esperanto community?

As Kat Ño said, it is very difficult to have data on Esperanto speakers based on more than personal anecdote. In my experience, though, the events I have attended were pretty gender-balanced, but ...
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Do all active Esperanto-speakers use the Internet?

There are many reasons not to use the Internet: You cannot afford a computer. Even if you have a computer, you cannot afford the connection. There is no Internet in the area where you live. All of ...
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Is there a contemporary "Promeso", a promise to learn Esperanto if there is a certain number of prospective learners?

There used to be one at lapromeso.com. It made quite a buzz at the time and even some famous people signed it such as Stephen Fry. Sadly the site now seems to have disappeared. In some ways these ...
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