I mentioned once before that Nanne and Ankie are the only people I've ever known who speak Esperanto. According to lernu!, "a multilingual website that provides free courses and information on Esperanto," "you can learn Esperanto easily and free of charge."
This is what I learned from Nanne & Ankie, and from the above mentioned web site:
- Esperanto is most useful for communicating among people of diverse nations who do not have a common mother tongue.
- It doesn't belong to one people or country, so it works as a neutral language.
- When you use Esperanto, you feel more equal from a linguistic standpoint than when, for example, you speak Spanish with a native Spanish speaker.
- Thanks to the structure of Esperanto, it's usually much easier to master than other foreign languages.
- Esperanto evolves and lives just like other languages, and it can be used to express the most varied facets of human thought and emotion.
Just thought I would share the above interesting information that I learned right here on Ocracoke Island. Maybe a few of our readers will be inspired to learn Esperanto!
Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is an article about the Ocracoke Crab Festival which was held each May from 1984 to 1989. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news072114.htm.