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fojo (Tunjukkan profil) 25 Juli 2006 14.20.52
A question please: does anyone know of any hard evidence of Esperanto being growing at the moment? I really would like to know. I mean, the starting point of these posts seems to be the idea that Esperanto is not progressing much; I dont deny it, just honestly dont know. Dankon!
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oren (Tunjukkan profil) 25 Juli 2006 18.44.59
I just got back from a 5-day trip to NYC for ELNA's annual "landa kongreso." (ELNA is the Esperanto-Ligo de Norda Ameriko) You would not be wrong to assume that most of the attendees were middle-upper class white males, and a decent number were linguistically experienced already. But that was only about half. And that's half of the people who have $500 to spend on a cross-nation trip for a congress.
In addition, there were also normal couples, many elderly men and women (not online-savvy), and people working class people from nations like japan, brazil, canada and russia.
But yes, i think that currently a good deal of the visible esperantist movement online now are people who are online-savvy and nerdy, simply because learning esperanto 'pere interreto' has been possible now for a while and sites like lernu are attracting more people who 1) are on the internet and 2) like to learn. I know at least in america, (and probably over the world) Esperanto is still pretty unknown or clouded with mis-information about its purpose ("i don't want something to replace all languages").
Somethings that can inspire one about the esperanto movement online: eo.wikipedia.org and gxangalo.com. The esperanto vikipedio has almost half as many articles as the english (15th of all world languages) and gxangalo is an impressive multi-media website with a large online community.