Can a Non-Linguist Learn Esperanto?

While watching CNN last night, I saw a commercial for the watch brand Movado. This brand is best known for its minimalist Museum Watch.

Movado Museum Watch, ca. 1955 (Nathan George Horwitt/Wikipedia)

The only person I’ve seen wear this watch was a psychiatrist I had for less than a year. He was the best psychiatrist I’d ever had, but unfortunately he most likely moved—based on my Googling—to another state, which he seemed to have done numerous times before.

I read the Wikipedia article on Movado last night and found out the brand name means “movement” in Esperanto. My curiosity piqued, I read the Wikipedia article on Esperanto, and I found out it is not Spanish or Italian but its own language considered “the world’s most widely spoken constructed international auxiliary language.” More from the Wikipedia article on Esperanto: “Zamenhof’s [the creator of Esperanto] goal was to create an easy and flexible language that would serve as a universal second language, to foster world peace and international understanding, and to build a ‘community of speakers.’” Sounds good, right?

Because of my difficulty in learning Spanish, I’m not sure I’d be able to learn Esperanto—even if it is supposedly an easy language to learn—but I suppose I could try. I’d just need to know where to find this “community of speakers.”






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