The Australian Esperanto Association (AEA) is the national association of the speakers and supporters of the international language, Esperanto, in Australia.
What is Esperanto?
Esperanto is a language specially planned and created as a neutral second language for people of all nations. Its purpose is to make communication easier between those with different mother tongues.
Originally developed in the 1880s, Esperanto has gained acceptance worldwide and is currently experiencing a resurgence, with more and more people discovering and learning it online.
- Easier to learn than any national language
- Regular: there are virtually no exceptions
- Modular: like building blocks that fit into each other – once you know a few words and basic rules of grammar you can start to create real sentences – this lets you advance very quickly
- Phonetic: if you see a word, you know how to pronounce it; if you hear a word, you know how to spell it
- Familiar (to anyone with any connection to a European language, including English)
- A real language (not a code): anything that can be said in a national language can be said in Esperanto. Many people use it as their daily language.
Who speaks it?
Esperanto is spoken in over 100 countries. There are thousands of Esperanto clubs worldwide.
You can use Esperanto…
for travel, information, friendship, hobbies, business. The internet makes it easy to connect to Esperanto speakers in any country.
Why learn Esperanto?
Learning Esperanto is great fun. Because of the elegance of the language, the simplicity of the grammar and many recognisable words, you will soon be able to communicate fluently with other Esperanto speakers. You can video-chat, email or exchange messages with people of almost any country. There is even a worldwide network of free accommodation for Esperanto speakers. This not only saves you money but allows you to visit places that most tourists don’t get to see. Many international meetings that use Esperanto are held every year.
Many people of different nationalities have met and started families through Esperanto. Although it is sometimes called an artificial language it feels very natural.