Esperanto was designed in 1887 by L.L. Zamenhof as an ultra-simple and regular language which could serve as a universal second language to bridge linguistic divides. I first discovered it aged 12–13, and attracted by its internationalist principles, studied it for a while. There are some other languages descended from Esperanto, including Ido, which I prefer linguistically. Nonetheless, it’s Esperanto which has a long history of popularity among the internationalist Left (especially in the first half of the 20th century), and it has an estimated one million speakers today.

Did you know? I also have a wiki page called ‘Esperanto’! If you want to check that out, you can do so here.