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The ‘universal language’ of Esperanto is thriving on the internet

Finding common ground through common words.


Matt Silverman


chris boylan


Posted on Dec 10, 2018   Updated on May 20, 2021, 11:47 pm CDT

Esperanto is a language that was invented 130 years ago with the goal of uniting the world under a simplified common tongue and creating everlasting peace. Spoiler alert: That never happened.

But the internet is rekindling the passion of the global Esperanto community, and millions of people are speaking and learning it through the power of language courses like Duolingo and online communities.

This week on 2 Girls 1 Podcast, Alli and Jen (actors who perform weird internet stuff on stage) talk with Stela Besenyei-Merger, one of only 350 native Esperanto speakers in the world, and Chuck Smith, who is credited for bringing Esperanto onto the mainstream Web and developing a version of Wikipedia in the language.

What does it mean to speak Esperanto in 2018, and how is the “DNA” of this language bridging communication gaps in the 21st century?

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2 Girls 1 Podcast is hosted by Allison Goldberg and Jennifer Jamula, and is produced and edited by Matt Silverman in New York City. Production assistance is provided by The Podglomerate.

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*First Published: Dec 10, 2018, 7:30 am CST