U3A Box Hill Esperanto


"The internal idea of Esperanto is: the foundation of a neutral language will help break down barriers between peoples and help people get used to the idea that each one of them should see their neighbors only as a human being and a brother." L.L.Zamenhof, 1912

The language was initiated by Ludwig Lazar Zamenhof, who created the grammar to be very regular with minimal exceptions . The vocabulary is mostly based on Romance languages, although there are also words from Germanic and other languages. The new language, the first textbook of which appeared in 1887, attracted a community of speakers and began a normal process of language evolution within a community who used it in many environments and created a culture associated with the language. Two decades later, the first children speaking in Esperanto with their parents were born, the first native speakers of the language.

Research has shown that it is much easier than most languages to learn and learning it makes it easier to learn other languages.


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