This article is from the Esperanto FAQ, by Mike Urban email@example.com and Yves Bellefeuille firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
The main Usenet newsgroup devoted to Esperanto is soc.culture.esperanto.
It has an estimated readership of several tens of thousands. The group's
charter specifies that postings may be in Esperanto on any topic, or
about Esperanto in any language (e.g. informational postings or requests
The preferred language of soc.culture.esperanto is Esperanto. Beginners
are ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED to post in Esperanto, or maybe bilingually in
Esperanto alongside their native tongue. The complete text of the
charter is available at:
If you are cross-posting articles to other newsgroups, please do NOT
post in Esperanto, unless English (or the usual language of that
newsgroup) is also included, preferably as the primary language. Aside
from being rude, such postings have tended to create a lot of unwanted
cross-posted response traffic, usually of an anti-Esperanto inflammatory
nature. Similarly, while it may sometimes be appropriate to mention
Esperanto in other newsgroups, continued discussion of Esperanto in
inappropriate groups like comp.lang.c will generate more heat than
light, and should be avoided.
For those who cannot read the newsgroup, there is a "news to mail
gateway" which sends the postings to subscribers by E-mail. All
correspondence related to the mailing list should be sent to:
Every message sent to the mailing list is forwarded to
soc.culture.esperanto, and every article from soc.culture.esperanto is
forwarded to the mailing list. Thus, if you are reading the newsgroup,
you do not need to be on the mailing list.
To UNsubscribe from the mailing list, again send a message to:
The newsgroup is also gatewayed to the FidoNet echo Esperanto (see below
Incidentally, the link between the newsgroup and the mailing list means
that mailing list members will sometimes see strange messages having
nothing to do with Esperanto, caused when some lackwit cross-posts a
message to all the soc.* newsgroups. These people do not read the
newsgroup anyway, so replies sent to the mailing list (rather than the
original sender) will not reach them.
The newsgroup alt.uu.lang.esperanto.misc should deal in principle with
Esperanto instruction ("UU" stands for "Usenet University"), but it is
little used in practice. Still, it is an appropriate place for
beginners' questions, information on learning Esperanto, etc.
The two groups just mentioned -- soc.culture.esperanto and
alt.uu.lang.esperanto.misc -- have existed for several years. Very
recently, some new groups have been created in the alt.* hierarchy.
Because of the rules which apply to that hierarchy, alt.* groups are
often created without any real need and with no clear purpose.
There is some traffic in alt.talk.esperanto, mostly articles
cross-posted from soc.culture.esperanto or other groups.
There are also several groups in the newly-created alt.esperanto.*
hierarchy, but their propagation is poor and they are hardly used,
except perhaps for alt.esperanto.beginner.
In short, soc.culture.esperanto (and its corresponding mailing list) is
appropriate for all posts in or about Esperanto. If desired, questions
about learning Esperanto, help for beginners, and the like may be posted
instead in alt.uu.lang.esperanto.misc or, perhaps, in
alt.esperanto.beginner, but they are still entirely appropriate in
soc.culture.esperanto. It is probably best to ignore the other groups.
The following FTP archive has a major Esperanto collection:
esperanto-texts.dir: Texts in Esperanto
fonts.dir: Esperanto fonts for Macintosh, DOS, Unix
hypercourse.dir: HyperCard course for Macintosh
introductions.dir: General information about Esperanto
other-tongues.dir: Comparisons between Esperanto and other
software.dir: Programs related to Esperanto
word-lists.dir: Dictionaries and glossaries
An FTP archive is also being prepared at
but was not yet set up at the time of writing.
There is now A LOT of material about Esperanto on the Web. Here are some
resources which should help you find what you want.
Mult-lingva inform-centro (Multilingual Information Centre):
Information on Esperanto and links to Esperanto resources in
Lists of Esperanto associations with WWW pages:
Links to national Esperanto organizations with WWW pages. In
Esperanto, but each country is represented by its flag, so it
should be easy enough to find the information you're looking
Links to international Esperanto organizations with WWW pages.
Home page of the World Esperanto Association and of the World
Organization of Young Esperantists. In Esperanto and English.
The following pages are entirely in Esperanto:
List of Esperanto resources on the Web. Maintained by Martin
Weichert. Much of the information in this section of the FAQ is
taken from the "Yellow Pages".
Virtual Esperanto Library:
Links to information about Esperanto, organizations, culture and
science, and computers. Maintained by Martin Weichert.
See also the usual WWW search services, for example Yahoo at:
If you're feeling adventurous, try simply searching for "Esperanto" with
Alta Vista (700 000 references), Infoseek (25 000 references), or
Deja News (48 000 references using "Power Search").
Usenet newsgroup soc.culture.esperanto is available as a mailing list.
See under "Usenet", above.
Other mailing lists include:
BJA-LISTO: On planned languages with a social base, or "social
interlinguistics". To subscribe, send "subscribe bja-listo
your_name@your_address" to email@example.com. See also the WWW
DENASK-L: Esperanto as a home language or first language. Most active
subscribers seem to be parents raising their children in Esperanto. Mail
to Jouko Lindstedt <firstname.lastname@example.org> to subscribe. See also
the WWW page at
ESPER-L: General discussion in Esperanto. To subscribe, send "subscribe
esper-l" to email@example.com.
VERDVERD: About ecology. To subscribe, send "subscribe verdverd
your_name@your_address" to firstname.lastname@example.org. Maintainer:
Andrzej Zwawa <email@example.com>.
Internet Relay Chat (IRC):
Channel #esperanto: Tuesday, 15:00 - 17:00 UTC,
and Monday, 3:00 - 6:00 UTC
Esperanto instruction: Thursday, 2:00 UTC
Other Internet Resources:
Enrique Ellemberg <firstname.lastname@example.org> coordinates an Esperanto penpal
service. For more information, see
or send mail to Enrique.
Some libraries have on-line listings of their Esperanto holdings. On the
Library of Congress, USA (550 titles):
Limited hours during week-ends
University of California, USA (640 titles):
Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen, The Netherlands (475 titles):
Universitaet des Saarlandes, Germany (535 titles):
Internationale Esperanto-Museum Wien, Austria
(18 000 titles, of which about 1000 are currently listed in the