Spanish teacher Don Houpe led a MiniTerm course in Esperanto — a language developed in Europe in 1887 that combines elements of French, English, German, Latin and other tongues.
Houpe, who first studied the language in the 1960s in France, said Esperanto was invented to help people from different countries or ethnicities communicate and get along better. It's fairly easy to learn, he added, because it follows simple, logical rules and has no irregular verbs.
“The thing I really like about it is the ideal,” Houpe said. “The people who speak Esperanto pretty universally have a sense that to solve the problems of the world you need an easy vehicle for communication — something that is neutral, not an ethnic language or an imperial language.”
Jessica McCoy, a 16-year-old sophomore from Grifton, said she was surprised how quickly she and her dozen classmates were able to start understanding one another in Esperanto.
“The best thing is that it's easy enough that you can master it in a short amount of time,” she said. “We've really learned a lot in just a few days.”
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