This posting attempts to answer the most common questions from those new to the newsgroup news:soc.culture.esperanto (or the corresponding mailing list esperanto-l), or to the language Esperanto itself.
Please send suggestions, corrections and complaints about this FAQ to the maintainer, Yves Bellefeuille, mailto:email@example.com. Post questions about Esperanto in the newsgroup http://groups.google.com/group/soc.culture.esperanto?hl=eo or send them to the mailing list at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org, not to the maintainer.
Because of the increasing internationalization of the net, I have attempted to make this FAQ as relevant as possible to readers in various countries. It's still somewhat biased in favour of the US, though.
There are several FAQs of interest on the internet. Their author must decide if he wants to put a link to his document here, or to expose his article hereunder, and allow anybody to modify it, hopefully to improve it.
Before updating an article, please read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutral_point_of_view
Part I: The Language Esperanto
- What Is Esperanto?
- How Easy Is Esperanto To Learn?
- Where Does Esperanto's Vocabulary Come From?
- What About Esperanto's Grammar And Word-Order?
- How Many People Speak Esperanto?
- How Can I Use Esperanto Once I've Learned It?
- Where Do I Find Classes, Textbooks, Etc.?
- How Come Esperanto Doesn't Have <favourite Word Or Feature>?
- What Are Some Common Objections To Esperanto? How Do Speakers Of Esperanto Respond To Them?
- Are There Any Famous Esperanto Speakers?
- What About Other "artificial" Languages Like Loglan, Ido, Etc.?
- What Are PAG, PIV, PMEG, PV, TEJO And UEA?
- How Do You Say "I Love You" In Esperanto?
Part II: Esperanto, Computers and the Internet
- How Can I Type And Display Esperanto's Accented Characters?
- How Can I Represent These Characters In E-Mail Or On Usenet?
- What Esperanto Material Is Available On The Internet?
- What Esperanto Material Is Available On Other (non-Internet) On-Line Services?
This FAQ was written by Mike Urban. It was brought up to date and is now maintained by Yves Bellefeuille.