Introducing the section 'Language'
Esperanto’s creator was Ludvik Zamenhof, a multilingual Jewish eye specialist, who lived most of his life in Warsaw. His aim was to make international communication much easier. He designed Esperanto in such a way that people can learn it much more easily than any language which has developed haphazardly. This has been proved to be the case.
Zamenhof originally called his language La Internacia Lingvo. That means “The International Language” in Esperanto. But Zamenhof had used the pseudonym Doktoro Esperanto (“Doctor who hopes”) on his first booklet. This was to protect his professional work. People soon referred to the language as the ‘language of (Dr.) Esperanto’, which quickly turned into ‘the language Esperanto’, then just ‘Esperanto’ for short! Zamenhof had to accept that. ‘Esperanto’ is a unique and memorable name. It carries a positive message.
This section offers some technical information and pointers to further sources. There are people who speak Esperanto in many countries and in all continents. However no one knows exactly how many. A number of people grow up speaking Esperanto as their first language in an multilingual family which includes Esperanto.
A person who speaks or supports Esperanto is often called an “Esperantist”, though some prefer to be called simply an ‘Esperanto speaker.’