Esperanto: A Language For Everyone

(This article was originally published in the University Observer. Rather than simply reprint it, I thought I’d publish my original draft before it was edited.)

The world is divided into thousands of different languages separated from each other, each with its own culture and nationality. Everyone who has been on holiday has felt that awkward moment when you try (and usually fail) to breach the language barrier with a local. We have probably all thought how much easier life would be if there was one language that we all could all speak together. But national pride gets in the way, the English won’t learn French and the French won’t learn English, and neither will learn German. What we need is a neutral language, one that doesn’t have a past of colonialism and oppression of native languages. There is a language and it’s called Esperanto. Continue reading “Esperanto: A Language For Everyone”

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Solresol: A Language Of Music And Colour

There are a lot of unusual languages in the world from all corners of the globe each with its own sound. There are also invented languages like Esperanto created to be a language to unite the world. However, by far the most unusual and imaginative is the language of Solresol. What makes it so unique is that it is based on the musical notes and therefore can be played on a musical instrument as well as spoken. It can also be adapted to the seven colours of the rainbow making it possible to paint a sentence. Continue reading “Solresol: A Language Of Music And Colour”