Wow… It’s been almost a month since I posted here. I feel like such a slacker.
But, I come to the table with something cool. I’m learning a new language. The cool part is it straddles the line between a language used in real life, and the languages created by authors for their own cool purposes. It’s called Esperanto.
It was created in 1887 by L. L. Zamenhof. He recognized that every language is associated with a country, and hence, the people who spoke it usually adhered to similar philosophies as the nation’s political agenda. So he set about making a language that transcended borders. The result is Esperanto.
This language is currently spoken by over 2 million people. Some can even claim to be native Esperanto speakers.
William Shatner knows it to some extent, and it’s been growing in popularity. There’s even a song in Final Fantasy XI in Esperanto. Even cooler is you can hear it being spoke in the 1997 movie Gattaca, and the 1994 Street Fighter movie. Charlie Chaplin featured it in one of his movies, and there’s even street signs in Esperanto in the movie Blade: Trinity.
This language is even bigger than I thought it was, originally. Having studied for about a week now, it’s a fairly easy language to learn. Everything is straight forward. There aren’t the books and books of exceptions, like with many languages.
There are plenty of free resources available, including Lernu.