English is the most important universal language of today. Everyone is supposed to be able to communicate using it. But other languages also want to reach this goal. Constructed languages, for example. Constructed languages are purposely created and developed. That is, there is a plan according to which they are designed. With constructed languages, elements from different languages are mixed together. In this way, they should be easy to learn for as many people as possible. The goal of each constructed language is international communication. The most well-known constructed language is Esperanto. It was first introduced in 1887 in Warsaw. Its founder was the doctor Ludwik L. Zamenhof. He believed the main cause of (social) unrest lay in communication problems. Therefore, he wanted to create a language to bring people together. With it, people should talk with each other on an equal level. The pseudonym of the doctor was Dr. Esperanto, the Hopeful. That shows how much he believed in his dream. But the idea of universal understanding is much older. To date, many different constructed languages have been developed. They are associated with goals like tolerance and human rights. Speakers in more than 120 countries are proficient in Esperanto today. But there is also criticism against Esperanto. For example, 70% of the vocabulary has its source in Romance languages. And Esperanto is also distinctly shaped on Indo-European languages. It's speakers exchange thoughts and ideas at conventions and in clubs. Meetings and lectures are organized regularly. So, are you up for some Esperanto? Ĉu vi parolas Esperanton? – Jes, mi parolas Esperanton tre bone!
Guess the language!
______ is the native language of more than 90 million people.
These people live primarily in ______y, Austria and Switzerland.
______ is also spoken in Belgium, Liechtenstein, northern Italy, and Luxembourg.
In addition to the native speakers, there are 80 million people who understand ______.
______ is one of the most-learned foreign languages.
It is counted among the West ______ic languages, like English and Dutch.
It was also influenced by other languages over many centuries.
This is due to the fact that the language region is located in the middle of Europe.
Nowadays, English terms above all are integrated into the ______ vocabulary.
Another hallmark of the ______ language is the many different dialects.
These are increasingly losing importance, however.
The standard language is becoming more and more widespread, especially through the media.
Because of this, many schools want to teach dialects again.
______ grammar is not especially easy, but it is worth the trouble!
______ is among the ten most important languages of the world.