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mixamixa Post time: 2015-5-28 12:59
Esperanto speaking Chinese you have met? Are you kidding me. Esperanto is spoken by 1,6 million pe ...
The Hungarian Academy of Sciences officially recognizes Esperanto as a legitimate language with its own culture and literature. Why not follow the objective opinion of the scientific community?
As for how many Esperanto speakers there are in the world, no one knows for sure. Comparing the Esperanto publishing industry to that of other languages, it's believed there are about 8 million. That said, should Esperanto speakers read more than most, that could skewe the figure, with possibly only 2 million speakers, just that each speaker buys more books in the language. Another author estimated about 13 million based on the fact that, Esperanto speakers being universally bilingual, they likely buy fewer books than other language communities since their book purchases are divided between languages.
In conclusion, no one knows for sure.
I myself have met Esperanto speakers from around the world and had met a native speaker from China. I'd participated at an international Esperanto Conference in Beijing in 2004 with about 1500 participants from every inhabited continent and many states including Afghanistan and Iran. I found the vast majority to be completely fluent in the language with no interpretation needed.
Just a few years before that, I had to serve as an interpreter between English and French in Montreal, between co-nationals no less. Let's be honest, an international NGO on a limited budget able to pull off a smooth international conference of that magnitude in a language with minimal official support worldwide is impressive. I've participated in a few international and national conferences and and heard of some all getting bogged down by interpretation problems in major world languages with massive sums of government money invested in them.
As an example, Canada spends billions on English and French learning, they are both official languages of the constitution, and Canadians still need interpretation between co-nationals. How can a low-budget international NGO outperform a wealthy national government in its communication policy?