Saint Louis, MO – The language of Esperanto was designed to serve as a readily learned second language to foster peace and international understanding.
Retired professor Ronald Glossop Ph.D. is a former president of the American Association of Teachers of Esperanto from 2009 to 2018, as well as a member of the board of directors of Esperanto-USA and a vice president of the International League of Esperanto Teachers.
The author of Confronting War and a member of Citizens for Global Solutions, Glossop discovered Esperanto through a happy accident.
“One day I was giving a talk about my ideas about what needed to be done in order to make war less likely, to minimize or eliminate war. And I said it would really help is if everybody could speak a common language. Well, one person in the audience was an Esperantist. Afterward he came up and he said, ‘You know, there's already a world language like what you're talking about.’ As I investigated it, it conformed precisely to the ideas I had already developed about what a world language would have to be.”
Esperanto was invented in late 19th century by Polish physician L. L. Zamenhof while a student in Poland.
The Esperanto alphabet is 28 letters; each letter has one and only one sound. One of the unique features of Esperanto is that there is a perfect correlation between its written language and its spoken language. If you know how to spell it, you know how to pronounce it; if you know how to pronounce it, you know how to spell it.
Dr. Glossop believes Esperanto could help lead us toward a vision of a more peaceful future.
For more information, visit www.icxlm.org and www.globalsolutions.org
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