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Part 2 - Interview with Dr Zamenhof

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Dr Ludvic Lazarus Zamenhof was born in Białystok (Poland) on December 15th 1859 He was an eye doctor, philologist, and the creator of the world language "Esperanto" - Good day, Mr. Zamenhof - Good day - You are the creator of the world language Esperanto May I ask you questions about you? - Of course you may, with pleasure What was your aim in creation of an artificial language? - In the small town where I grew up, there were many languages spoken by different groups And because of this, there were often quarrels between these groups of people So I created a simple, neutral language that these people could speak one to another directly - How old were you, when you first thought about Esperanto, Mr. Zamenhof? -I thought about a universal language even when I was a boy at school However, it was only later, as I grew up, that I called the language "Esperanto" and finally published it - And when did you first publish it? - Oh, 1887, I first published it and presented to the world as a completed language - Why did you call it "Esperanto"? - "Esperanto" means, in the language itself, "a person who hopes" I called it Esperanto because I was the first person and I hoped that it would become what is named a "universal language", for the whole world - In what way were you able to make Esperanto easy to understand? - I made it phonetic, i.e. that every letter has the same sound no matter where it occurs in the word Also, I made the grammar easy in the sense that I didn't have any exceptions anywhere to the grammatical rules that I created This made the language very simple I created suffixes and prefixes So the language could be put together in such a way that you could create words for yourself And don't worry, you do not need the massive vocabulary that you need in other languages and you only have to spend a quarter of the time to learn the language as you do have to learn another language such as English, French or German - Thank you very much, Mr. Zamenhof In 1910 Dr. Zamenhof was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize He died in Warsaw on April 14th, 1917. Today it is estimated that almost 10 million people have studied Esperanto.

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Duration: 3 minutes and 2 seconds
Country: Australia
Language: English
License: All rights reserved
Producer: Melbourne Esperanto Association
Views: 307
Posted by: blahma on Jul 26, 2012

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