I always thought of myself of being capable of identifying many of the world's most-spoken languages, but when a group of visitors showed up at Mwitongo in January I realized I had overestimated my capabilities.
Through their own introductions I learnt that the visitors represented several nationalities: European, Asiatic, African, and South American. But they communicated in a language that sounded familiar, and one I could not identify. Sometimes the pronunciations sounded Spanish, but I just could not figure out what language was used.
|The group of Esperanto-speaking visitors to Butiama|
Esperanto's grammar is derived from Romance and Germanic languages, while its vocabulary is derived from Slavic languages.
Worldwide estimates of users of Esperanto range from 2 to 10 million.
The visitors to Butiama had taken time off from a meeting of Esperanto users held in the nearby town of Bunda.