FAQ: Scouting and Esperanto
What is Esperanto?
Esperanto is the easy-to-learn language devised by Dr. L.L. Zamenhof, of Warsaw, Poland, at the end of the 19th Century. Zamenhof saw the need for the peoples of the world to be able to transcend the barriers of language. Esperanto is used as a second language for communication between language communities.
Is Esperanto supposed to replace the national languages?
No. It is a neutral bridge-language between people of different language communities.
What is the connection between Scouting and Esperanto?
In his book, "Scouting for Boys," Lord Robert Baden-Powell, Scouting's Founder, recommends the use of Esperanto as a "secret language" among scouts. The first steps to create the Skolta Esperanto-Ligo (Scout Esperanto League) took place in 1918, after the appearance of Alexander William Thompson's booklet proposing such an organization. Since then, SEL has held its own international camp-outs, and participated in World Scout Jamborees. In the World Jamborees , SEL organises an activity in which participants will learn the basics of Esperanto.
Why is Esperanto called a "neutral" language?
It is neutral in the sense that it has no political, cultural or national/ethnic "baggage" that it carries with it. The same cannot be said for the various national languages, each of which carries with it its own particular agenda, be it political, cultural, religious, commercial or otherwise. The only agenda Esperanto has is to serve as a bridge-language between all peoples. Of course, it has its own "universal" culture as well.
Who can give me information about Skolta Esperanto-Ligo?
The President of SEL is: Franco ABRIANI, Via Falconetto 24; I-37131 Verona VR, Italy
The Treasurer of SEL is:
David H. WITHEY;
21 Brookfield Avenue
The editor's email address of La Skolta Mondo (Scout World) is : Roberto Resende; C.P.9831, 70001-970 Brasilia-DF. Tel. 61-4859732 E-mail: [email protected]
ARGENTINA: Marcelo Daniel LUCERO, Anchoris 54 , (C1280AAB) Buenos Aires , Argentina. E-mail: [email protected]
HAUTEKEES, Barcene 2B, B-5590. E-mail:
BRAZIL: Eluízio B. Rodrigues, Rua P. Horácio M. Camargo, 120 / 14, BR-18048-105 - Sorocaba (SP). [email protected]
BULGARIA: Hristo MANDEV, bul. Mogilev 2 II 19, Gabrovo 5306. Tel +359-66-23647
CHILE: Hector R. CAMPOS GREZ, Casilla 231, 3340000 Curico. Tel/fax: +56-75-315377 E-mail: [email protected]
COSTA RICA: Marvin SEGURA, Aptdo 1913, San Jose. Tel (01) 585561
CZECH REPUBLIC : Pavel SITTAUER, Hartmannova 1128, CS-67401 Trebic. Tel (0) 618-21909
50, Avenue des Livradois,
GREAT BRITAIN: David H. WITHEY; 21 Brookfield Avenue, Waterloo, Liverpool L22 3YE
INDIA: venkatesh Reddy,No.216, Espero,whitefield, Bangalore, karnataka, India. [email protected]
HUNGARY: PESTI Alexander, To-u 20, H-6723 Szeged
ITALY: Franco ABRIANI, Via Falconetto 34, I-37131 Verona. Tel +39.45.5251173
JAPAN: Fumiko KAMACHI, 3-4-4 Kasumigaoka Sakai, Osaka 590-0812. E-mail: [email protected]
MALAGASY REPUBLIC: Rog. RANDRIANEKANA, T.P. Box Postale 14; Ambatondrazake
NEW ZEALAND: Gwenda SUTTON; 12C Herbert Gardens, 186 The Terrace, Wellington 6001. Tel/fax 4-4730847. E-mail: [email protected]
POLAND: Jaroslaw A. FOTYGA; ul. Harnesie, 21/34, PL-20-857 Lublin. Tel +48-81-711065. E-mail: [email protected]
SK-8303 Bratislava. Tel 07-335809 (work)
SPAIN: Luis GILPEREZ FRAILE, c/ Alonso de Pineda 28, E-41007 Sevilla. Tel 95-4570849 (work) . E-mail: [email protected]
SRI LANKA: Roland PERIES; 287 4/B 7th. Lane, Pamunuwa Mawatha, Maharagama. Tel: 01-849110
UNITED STATES of AMERICA: Allan E. FINEBERG; 28-24 Sherman Place, Fair Lawn, New Jersey 07410-4208. E-mail: [email protected] fax: 201/996-8884
How can I learn Esperanto?
Get the SEL textbook
"Jamborea Lingvo," by J.L. Hammer, and illustrated by his son, the noted
Cost: 4 euros + postage/handling (approx. $3.00 + US) This book is also available through many Esperanto Book Services, including Esperanto League for North America ([email protected]).
In many countries, SEL runs special courses just for Scouts. Or, get an Esperanto textbook at a public library or bookstore. Find out if an Esperanto course is being offered in your area. Take the Free Esperanto Course that is available by e-mail.
The same course is available by snail-mail, from several national Esperanto associations.
A wealth of information about Esperanto is available at the following WWW sites:
Esperanto - The
International Language: informations in 57 languagues
Learn Esperanto on line
www.lernu.net on line esperanto course prepare by a youth team.
www.cursodeesperanto.com.br A downloadable free esperanto course for PC.
Use the last one if you're accessing from the U.S.; from Europe the first addresses (in Sweden) may work faster. (Thanks to Martin Weichert for this up-dated information.)
What does Esperanto look like?
Esperanto estas neutrala
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