As one of the only works personally supervised by Dr L. L. Zamenhof, this book is crucial to understanding not only the mechanisms of Esperanto as a language but also the spirit of its mission. Esperanto was founded with the aim of fostering world peace and bringing individuals from different societies together. Zamenhof and O’Connor hoped for a more communicative and co-operative future for humankind and sought to bring it about via this language. In this book you will see a fascinating regular structure to the language and a generous range of inspirations taken from European languages.
Learning a language is always a beautiful and challenging experience and this book has everything you will need to get underway on that journey with vocabulary lists, exercises, comprehension passages and even a guide to idiom in Esperanto. Unlike other language learning tools, this book has the advantage that the original peaceful meaning of the language shows through in the pages.
This book is representative of a moment which inspired people across the world to begin reaching out to each other, breaking down cultural barriers and creating a multinational community of learners. What’s more, it will enable you to be in that moment with J. C. O’Connor and L. L. Zamenhof and feel the infectious enthusiasm for language and optimism for our global society. Contained in these pages is the capacity to not only tell between ‘Kio’ and ‘Kiu’ but also to know why, an opportunity no other language can match.