Does anyone here speak Esperanto? Is an international language that was created about a hundred years ago with the intention of becoming a second language that people around the world could use to communicate with each other. There are currently about 2 million Esperanto speakers around the world, mostly in Eastern Europe and East Asia.
Studies have shown that it's much faster to learn Esperanto than most other languages. It took French high school students 150 hours to reach a level of Esperanto that would take 1500 hours to reach in English or 2000 hours to reach in German.
Another study showed that one year of Esperanto study plus three years of French brought the students to a higher level of French than four years of French alone.
I'm fascinated by the concept of an international language. English works to some extent, but not everyone speaks English, while Esperanto is very easy to learn.
I'm wondering how many backpackers speak Esperanto. It seems like it would be a great language for backpackers to adopt in order to communicate with each other. There are many backpackers who don't speak any English, but could learn Esperanto in a month or two. I think it would open up new doors of communication for many travelers.
Esperanto also has something called Pasporta Servo -- a network of free accommodation around the world for people who speak Esperanto. It's something like Esperanto couchsurfing.
There are some tutorials here if anyone is interested in checking it out: