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Google Logo Honors Esperanto Day, 150th Anniversary of Birth of Esperanto Creator L. L. Zamenhof

Posted By on December 15, 2009

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On Google’s home page today, the 150th anniversary of the birth of L. L. Zamenhof, creator of the Esperanto language, is honored.

The flag displayed in the Google logo (forming the letter “L”), that of a green and white flag with a green five-point star, is a general symbol of the language used by Esperanto organizations and individual esperantists. December 15 is celebrated as Esperanto Day.

From the Esperanto-USA website:

The international language Esperanto, intended not to replace existing languages but as a second language for international use, is gaining renewed attention from policy-makers in a world increasingly aware of the rights of minorities and the future of linguistic and cultural diversity…. Several political groupings and non-governmental organizations are pressing to place the international language question on the agendas of the United Nations and European Union.

From Language-Learning-Advisor.com, What Is Esperanto?:

What is Esperanto? Esperanto is a constructed language, invented in the late 1800’s. It is referred to as an ‘international auxiliary language,’ intended to facilitate communication between people of different native languages. Simply put – it’s a a second language for everyone.

Esperanto’s creator, a Polish oculist named L. L. Zamenhof, knew first hand the problems caused by the lack of communication between people of different native languages. Early in his life he saw conflict, misunderstanding and war in Europe that he felt could be lessened or overcome if communication were easier between the diverse people of Europe and the world as a whole. To this end, he constructed Esperanto, intending it as a means of easy communication, a second language everyone could learn quickly, use easily, and carried no political baggage.

Although Zamenhof was not the first to propose this idea, Esperanto is the only constructed language that has had any success. Well over a hundred years later, it continues to be used today and appears to be growing. Esperanto enjoys a significant presence on the internet, with many pages, sites, organizations and radio programs from around the world.

Snippets from Wikipedia about L. L. Zamenhof:

Ludovic Lazarus Zamenhof (born Eliezer Levi Samenhof, December 15, 1859 – April 14, 1917) was an ophthalmologist, philologist, and the inventor of Esperanto, a constructed language designed for international communication.

In 1910, Zamenhof was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, by four British Members of Parliament (including James O’Grady, Philip Snowden) and Professor Stanley Lane Poole. (The Prize was instead awarded to the International Peace Bureau.)

Zamenhof is a main belt asteroid, which was discovered by the Finnish astronomer and physicist Yrjö Väisälä on February 6, 1938. It has a diameter of 25.82 km and geometric albedo of 0.1268. It is named for L. L. Zamenhof, ophthalmologist and inventor of Esperanto.

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6 Responses to “Google Logo Honors Esperanto Day, 150th Anniversary of Birth of Esperanto Creator L. L. Zamenhof”

  1. Bill Chapman says:

    I hope you’ll allow a comment by a British visitor to your site.

    The movement for Esperanto is very much a grassroots one, depending on the money and goodwill of ordinary citizens. It does not receive or ask for state handouts.

    I’ve used Esperanto for my travels for many years, and I recommend it!

    • Vicki Fiore says:

      I wonder if Mr. Chapman might speak to the best means by which to learn the language. I’m also curious to know what percentage of the time he encounters people who speak it.

      • Leland Ross says:

        I taught myself Esperanto in 1970 (when I was entering 11th grade) using a textbook (The American Esperanto Book published in 1908). It was six months or so before I met any live Esperanto-speakers (though I began corresponding in it by [snail-]mail after less than a week of study); when I met my first live Esepranto-speakers, I found that I was already able to understand and participate in real conversations, which had not been my experience after six months of any of the other languages I had studied before (French in 2nd grade, Spanish in 3rd grade, Japanese in 7th grade, Russian in 9th and 10th grades). So I was hooked, and I’ve never regretted it. But for the new learner today, I would definitely recommend checking out the online tools at lernu.net (mentioned by another poster). Take a run through one of the “free 10-lesson correspondence courses” (available both by email and snail mail), and once you’ve got the 10 lessons under your belt, if you can afford to travel, buy the Pasporta Servo directory, and couch-surf your way around the world, staying with locals in Japan or Mongolia or Togo or Brazil who’ll be happy to put you up for a few nights just to have the pleasure of your conversation… My recommendation, not Mr. Chapman’s…

  2. […] Google Logo Honors Esperanto Day, 150th Anniversary of Birth of …From Wikipedia about L. L. Zamenhof: Ludovic Lazarus Zamenhof (born Eliezer Levi Samenhof, December 15, 1859 – April 14, 1917) was an ophthalmologist, philologist, and the inventor of Esperanto, a constructed language designed for …Read more […]

  3. Brian Barker says:

    Good luck to Esperanto 🙂

    Many people do not realise that Esperanto is now a living language!

    You can see this at http://www.lernu.net

    • Brian "Briĉjo" Burg says:

      Also, most people do not realize that in terms of number of speakers Esperanto ranks in the top 5% of languages in the world–and that is using the very conservative estimate of the number of Esperanto speakers at one million. In other words, 95% of the over 3,000 languages in the world have fewer than a million speakers. Furthermore, with the Internet, Esperanto usage is expanding rapidly. It is not only a living language, but a robust and growing one!