Esperanto, the Universal Language
Updated: May 22
What if everyone in the world spoke the same language? In some circles in the world, they do.
That’s what Ludwik Zamenhof wanted to know. He saw that people didn’t get along when they couldn’t understand each other. So, he tried to solve that problem by creating an entirely new language that was not attached to any specific country.
I started learning Esperanto at eleven years old when my mom brought home a Universal Language movie. I wasn’t particularly interested at first. As an eleven-year-old, I had much more important things to do, like planning a wedding for my stuffed animals.
But then the movie started, and I was captivated. People of all different backgrounds, who looked different and had foreign accents, were all speaking Esperanto. It sounded kind of like Spanish, but the movie said it was a lot easier. I was excited and told my mom that I wanted to learn this cool language, and she agreed to learn it with me!
Six months into studying, we went to our first Esperanto conference. We signed up for a beginner-level class there. When we arrived, one of the organizers started talking to us. Her name was Alena, and she said my mom was advanced enough to be in the middle-level class. The entire time, I was silent. My mom said, “What about Cassidy?”
Alena looked at me and asked, “Have you understood what I’m saying so far?” I nodded nervously, and she smiled. “Cassidy should be in the middle-level class too.” I breathed a sigh of relief. It’s been six years since then, and Alena is one of our closest friends in the Esperanto community!
Because of Espera