And Mangum swears that his knowledge of Esperanto better prepared him to learn Spanish.
Esperanto fell well short of Zamenhof's goal of a universal second language, but it was not a complete failure.
Nowhere is this pipe dream more obvious than in the history of Esperanto, one of the world's most well-known invented languages.
To this day, many Esperanto enthusiasts, including Doug Mangum of Greensboro, N.C., share in this frustration.
He had "crossed the Rubicon," and Esperanto was given to the World!
The universal language of humanity is neither Volapuk, nor Esperanto, nor Ido.
His point was: "Of course literary men care less for Esperanto than scientific men do: it must be so, because they need it less."
True, individuals have invented Esperanto and other artificial languages.
The effort now being made to popularise the international language “Esperanto” is one such commencement.
He flung what few phrases of Latin and Esperanto he had at them.
1892, from Doktoro Esperanto, whose name means in Esperanto, "one who hopes," pen name used on the title page of a book about the artificial would-be universal language published 1887 by its inventor, Lazarus Ludwig Zamenhof (1859-1917). Cf. Spanish esperanza "hope," from esperar, from Latin sperare (see speed (n.)).