Sunday, August 21, 2011

Day #313 Esperanto

When I was having a cup of tea at Aristeacrats a few weeks ago, I spotted a book on Esperanto, the universal language.  I’d heard about Esperanto, but hadn’t ever looked into it. I have to admit, I’m fascinated by the idea. And I’m pretty sure that if I had a friend who showed any interest in it, I’d probably devote some time to learning it.

It’s so doggone logical. Each vowel has ONE sound, for instance. Each consonant has ONE sound.

That reminded me of a little word game my children played on me when they were in high school. Here it is:

What’s this word?        GHOTI

I’m willing to bet you’re saying something like
guh-hoe-tee, or even

Uh-uh. It’s     FISH.

“How’s that?” you ask.

Well, you take the sound of
“gh” as in laugh,
“o” as in women, and
“ti” as in nation
Put all three of those sounds together, and you get F-I-SH.

Esperanto is much easier to figure out than that. For one thing, every noun ends in –o. For plural, you add a –j.
one book=unu libro
two books=du libroj
three books=tri libroj
four cats=kvar katoj
kvin sinjoroj—gentlemen
ses virinoj—women
sep ĵurnaloj--newspapers
ok avantaĝoj--advantages
naŭ ideoj--ideas
dek bovinoj—cows

So, what does this have to do with beekeeping?

Years ago I read about a woman traveling in Germany. Walking down a residential street one day, she stopped to admire a beautiful garden. The woman working in the garden looked up, smiled. They quickly discovered that they had no knowledge of each other’s language until one of them pointed to a flower and called it by its botanical name. From there they happily wandered through her profuse garden, sharing the names in Latin, a very old common tongue.

I wonder what beekeepers do at international meetings? I doubt anybody there speaks Latin. Surely Esperanto would help.

Wonder if I can find a class somewhere?

BEEattitude for Day # 313:
       Blessed are those who learn another language, for they shall have their horizons widened.


Jamey said...

I think beekeepers would communicate by dancing and wiggling their bottoms. ;)

Fran Stewart said...

Love it!