Most-spoken of the ArtificialLanguages. Created by LudovicLazarusZamenhof in 1887 as an attempt at a world language. So far, best attempt yet. An InflectedLanguage?, with no genders and two cases, nominative and accusative. The vocabulary draws mainly off RomanceLanguages, spelling is phonetic, and the morphology is of course extremely regular and easy to learn.
Approximately 1.6 million people speak Esperanto (to Foreign Service Level 3 ability) as of the year 2000.
esperi To hope esperas Am, are, is hoping esperis Was, were hoping esperos Will be hoping esperu Hope!
esperanta(n) Hoping - nominative (accusative) adjective esperantaj(n) Hoping - nominative (accusative) adjective esperanto(n) Hoper - nominative (accusative) noun esperantoj(n) Hopers - nominative (accusative) noun
esperantino Hoper, female esperantujo Land of hopers
There was also another language, Ido, based on Esperanto that enjoyed a brief popularity in the early 1900s. If you speak Esperanto, you might be interested in the Esperanto wiki JerryMuelver hosts at http://unumondo.com.
Another useful link is http://www.esperanto-usa.org. US-ians can contact ELNA, PO Box 1129, El Cerrito CA 94530; 1-510-653-0998 (real person), 1-800-ESPERANTO (automated info and information requests).
See also news://soc.culture.esperanto.