Whatever Happened To ... Esperanto?
2007 marks the 120th anniversary of the publication of Unua Libro, the first textbook for aspiring Esperanto speakers. Invented by Polish oculist and polyglot Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof who wrote under the pseudonym "Doktoro Esperanto". Esperanto is a language constructed in hopes of bringing people together by overcoming linguistic barriers. -- Discover Magazine
This is the 1889 English version of that “First Book” where it all began:
Dr. Esperanto’s International Language
(Unua Libro first published in 1887)
Esperanto - introduced in any of 62 languages.
And see also the extensive article about Esperanto at Wiki.
Esperanto - The Band
I remeber well the Belgo-English band of the same name at the beginning of the 70s, had a short but intense career and produced an extremely varied musical repertoire thanks to the many different nationalities, origins and outlooks of its members. Check out Esperanto Official Website.
I first knew the band from their third album "Last Tango" (1975). And till today I love it very much! I was impressed with the band’s interpretation and rearrangement of The Beatles "Eleanor Rigby". And the main title "Last Tango", a piano-based song with excellent vocal and melody, is sooooo cool!
For those of you who never heard any music of this band - exclusive at Ursi's Blog:
Listen the full album "Last Tango" here! (or click the picture below)
I enjoy every track of this album. It has a very strong songwriting and musicianship.
Hey, it’s 1975 man, don't forget and don’t expect too much!
But don't miss the main song "Last Tango" ... a real pleasure.
Second place: Obsession.
Total Time: 47:14
Timothy Kraemer / cello
Bruno Libert / keyboards
Gino Malisan / bass
Tony Malisan / drums
Roger Meakin / vocals
Kim Moore / vocals
Geoffrey Salmon / 2nd violin
Raymond Vincent / 1st violin
I’m a frequent reader of your blog… but this time you missed something! Esperanto is constructed for communication only and it is just constructed out of existing european languages - and therefore somewhat inefficent.
Much better is Lojban, the logical language. Yes, there are fewer speakers and yes it’s a bit harder to learn (at least for Europeans) as the language is not like any other.... but Lojban is not only for
communication but it also allows thoughts that are not possible in other languages… hard to describe, but it’s true and worth a try!
Take a look at http://lojban.org
An-other blogger kdas.
Du hast natürlich recht ... nur ... eins um’s andere ... oder?
... und der Last Tango ist so cool wie Lojban ... huh!
Ich bin immer sehr erfreut, wenn ich mal etwas über The Esperanto Rock Orchestra finde!
Ich liebe ebenfalls jeden Song des Albums “Last Tango”! So sehr, dass ich dabei bin, zu versuchen, die Songs in Bilder zu “übersetzen”...
Viele Grüsse aus Schweden,
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