Esperanto holds its annual world
congress on the island of Ireland
for the first time
106th World Congress of Esperanto
Queen's University Belfast
17 - 24 July 2021
Esperanto, a supra-national language, is designed to be easy to learn and use. It belongs to no single country or nationality, so no group of countries or nations gains any political, commercial or cultural advantage from its use.
The Esperanto Association of Ireland was founded in Dublin in 1905. It represents speakers in the whole of island and promotes the study and wider use of the language. It publishes currently a bi-monthly bulletin.
It is used by at least a million people but they are spread thinly across a hundred countries. Despite two separate recommendations by UNESCO only Hungary teaches it officially in schools. The bigger languages oppose this.
The current EU constitution promotes only languages belonging to member countries. It will need a special decision by EU institutions to allow any trial of Esperanto and that will require member countries to agree first.
Learning any language requires study, time and practice. However Esperanto has no irregular verbs, nouns, spelling or anything else. It builds words in a logically consistent intuitive way, yet is expressive and sonorous.
As with much else the internet has vastly changed the Esperanto world. Wikipedia provides facts, Youtube music, blogs and talks, Duolingo a free interactive course and Amikumu where to find your nearest speakers.