On January 31st the University of California published an article on its website titled From Klingon to Dothraki: Understanding invented languages, about a course on conlangs being taught by Nick Kalivoda, a Ph.D. candidate in linguistics and alumnus of NASK. Much of the article is devoted to Kalivoda’s experiences with Esperanto:
[Esperanto] is the most widely spoken constructed language in the world. […] Kalivoda assures that once you start learning it, “you realize that it’s just as capable as any natural language of expressing whatever you want to say.”
Being an Esperanto speaker, or Esperantist, has come in handy for Kalivoda. When travelling in Iceland one summer he met two friendly travelers, one Italian, the other Slovak, neither of whom spoke much English. The three spoke Esperanto.
“I was able to show up in a foreign place and feel right at home.”
“Like… Doctor Frankenstein, Zamenhof took the dismembered parts of other languages and created a new being entirely. It must have been a lonely venture, being the sole speaker of a language yet to be put before the world.”
After providing some history about how the language is used for fostering communication between nations, the puzzle editor mentions how the teachers at her elementary school put Esperanto to use in a rather different way:
We had not even mastered English at that point, and the thought of talking to strangers in a language that no one in my neighborhood had ever heard of was terrifying. [For the teachers, Esperanto] became a useful tool in threatening their boisterous classes: “Everyone sit down and be quiet, or we’re all going to learn Esperanto!”
- On February 16th, Boston magazine published When a New Language Was Popularized in Boston, about the formation of the Boston Esperanto Society in 1905. In addition to providing a brief history of the language, the article includes a plug for BRUEGo, the Bostona Regiona kaj Urbega Esperanto‐Grupo, which meets monthly.