Canadian Esperanto Association - Sidney Branch

Esperanto is a language of peace and social justice, multiculturalism and friendship across geographical or cultural borders. Esperanto is an easy-to-learn planned language with speakers in practically all countries of the world (the largest Esperanto website and online course, Lernu.net, has appox. 200,000 registered users from around 200 countries). Esperanto was recommended by the French Academy of Science in 1921 and recognized by UNESCO in 1954, which recommended it to its member states in 1985. Esperanto was the 32nd language accepted as adhering to the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages" in 2007. Google Translate added Esperanto to its list of languages in 2012.

Our Impact Why We Exist

Esperantists like to learn about other people and other cultures. They often travel and visit other Esperanto speakers through a network of Esperanto host families which allows Esperanto speakers to stay at homes of other Esperanto speakers for free.

We organize courses: in summer 2014, over 60 Esperantists from North America and beyond came to Victoria, BC, for the 10-day intensive North American Summer Esperanto Institute, which has taken place yearly since 1969.

Esperanto is taught online (e.g., at Lernu.net), and high level academic courses on interlinguistics and esperantology are given as part of a graduate level program in esperantology and interlinguistics at the Adam Mizkiewicz University in Poznan, Poland.

Some scholarships for researchers on Esperanto related subjects are given by the Esperantic Studies Foundation: a leading foundation on Esperanto and related subjects, lead by North American scholars from Canada and the U.S.

Esperanto Wikipedia is among the most dynamic and active among the various languages, placing in the same rank with such languages as Ukrainian or Turkish.

Our Story What We Do

Lernu.net is the largest community of Esperanto speakers from approximately 200 countries (Canada is among the top 10 countries). It is a valuable resource for everyone that would like to not only acquire basic Esperanto knowledge, but also to develop long-lasting relationships with people from all over the world. It also provides an opportunity for those who have already learned Esperanto to stay connected and help new Esperantists progress, by providing language tutoring. The website has a vibrant community of volunteers involved in different roles (translation, among others). The website is free of charge, but it is not free of cost (programming, administration and equipment are the main expenses). For over 10 years, the website has depended on generous support from the public to continue to support its current great projects, such as Lernu, and to try out new and promising initiatives.

Our Programs How We Do It

The Esperanto movement and its unique culture exists thanks to the selfless work of thousands of volunteers and members of local, national and international organizations.

What You Can Do

Use Esperanto resources: such as Lernu.net!

Become a member of your national organization, such as the Canadian Esperanto Association (esperanto.ca) or an international organization, such as the Universal Esperanto Association (uea.org).

Contribute to the growth of the Esperanto movement by making a donation to the Canadian Esperanto Association to support the North American Summer Esperanto Institute and other valuable projects.

Contact

Wallace G du Temple
Convenor
250.656.1767
Charitable Number: 118977487RR0001

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