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The Economist article about Esperanto

posted Oct 1, 2013, 1:19 PM by NZEA web2
On 26 September 2013 The Economist published an article about Esperanto in the section called, appropriately enough, "Prospero". While it is the sort of knocking article that one expects from a mainstream English language magazine, it does contain some relevant facts. It mentions that "Esperanto remains atop the heap" of invented languages. It mentions estimates of the number of Esperanto speakers, and the number of pages in the Esperanto Wikipedia. It finishes with the usual plug for English.The author correctly says that to learn Esperanto one needs to be motivated "by an ideal of international harmony", and bemoans a lack of Esperanto culture. However the author does acknowledge that the Esperanto community is "proud of its respect for existing cultures".