Happy Birthday Esperanto!

The international language Esperanto is 124 years old.  It was devised by Ludvic Lazarus Zamenhof and designed for international communication and the peaceful coexistence of different people and cultures. Today there are reportedly two to three million speakers of Esperanto worldwide.

The 96th World Congress of Esperanto is being held in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 23-30 July 2011.  The annual meetings have been held all over Europe and the United States, as well as Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, Israel, Japan, South Korea,  and Vietnam is scheduled for 2012.

Hear more about Esperanto on the BBC’s Today Programme>>

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