Fw: Many Thanks/ Esperanto for global communication/Galveston
--- On Tue, 10/2/12, Neil Blonstein <neil_nachum@...> wrote:
From: Neil Blonstein <neil_nachum@...>
Subject: Many Thanks/ Esperanto for global communication
Cc: "Ron Glossop" <rglossop@...>
Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 11:49 PMDear Dr. Michael Warren,Diddo.I am quite impressed by your support.www.EsperantoFriends.blogspot.com (English clarification-summary on the best of Esperanto on the internet and more).www.Esperanto-UN.org (On the UN and Esperanto-UN relations).I have also commented at the source article.Neil BlonsteinRetired Public School English Teacher
--- On Tue, 10/2/12, Ronald J. Glossop <rglossop@...> wrote:
From: Ronald J. Glossop <rglossop@...>
Subject: Thanks for column on Esperanto for global communication
Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 10:40 PMDear Michael Warren,
Thank you for your column on the value of Esperanto for global communication.
I learned Esperanto 30 years ago because I wanted to be a "world citizen" who could go to other countries and not require everyone else to communicate with me in English. I have studied other languages, but I knew that I could not learn many of them, especially when it comes to languages so different as Chinese and Hindi and Korean and Russian. The sensible solution seemed to be that everyone everywhere should learn the same easy-to-learn designed language. Then I learned that L. L. Zamehof had that same idea 125 years ago and that many people already had learned Esperanto and were using it. I was astounded to learn that every year there is a week-long Universala Kongreso held in a different country (yes, France and Italy and Brazil and China and Korea and Japan and Vietnam and Denmark, and so on) and attended by 1000 to 2500 people from over 60 countries with many different kinds of interests.
I got involved with the Esperanto movement. As a result I have personal friends in many countries, friends who even invite me to stay overnight in their homes. For one example, I have visited friends in China five times even though I know only a couple of words in Chinese. I have visited about 25 countries, but have not needed to learn that many national languages. Everywhere there are Esperanto friends to welcome me and make me feel at home. I don't require them to learn and use English and they don't require me to learn and use their national languages.
Esperanto is a great instrument to further global understanding, but it is also a great instrument for helping anyone to live a very satisfying life. Because of Esperanto I feel that I really am a world citizen living in a world community. I hope that others will have the same experience.
Ronald J. Glossop, Professor Emeritus,
Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and
Author of CONFRONTING WAR (4th ed., 2001)