This article is from the Esperanto FAQ, by Mike Urban firstname.lastname@example.org and Yves Bellefeuille email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
Here are some of the many different ways people use Esperanto:
- Esperanto is an ideal second language. Many adults want to learn
another language, but don't have the time or energy to learn a national
- Correspondence. Write to people in a dozen countries without learning
a dozen languages.
- Travel. Esperanto can be used to see the world. There are lists of
Esperanto speakers willing to host other Esperantists in their own
house or apartment for free.
- International understanding. You can't be friends with people if you
can't talk to them! Esperanto helps break down the language barriers
- Meeting people from other countries, especially at conventions, or
when Esperanto speakers from other countries come visiting. (It's also a
good way to meet interesting people from your own country!)
- Joining the world. Esperanto is a way to treat everyone on our planet
on the basis of complete equality, meeting them half-way. No more trying
to communicate "uphill" for one side.
- Literature. The world's masterpieces have been translated to
Esperanto, including the Kalevala and works by Garcia Marquez, Saikaku,
Shakespeare, Gibran, Brecht, Tagore, Kawabata, Dante, and Mickiewicz.
Many works have been translated to Esperanto which are not available in
one's own language.
- Hobbies, especially collecting stamps or postcards, or discussing any
subject with people in other countries.