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 artist 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!