#8 - Esperantists
We take a departure from the ordinary as we get a bit more international, and talk about the "fandom" of this week: Esperantists!
What is Esperanto? Are speakers of a language "fans"? What is its appeal and how did its followers come to be?
Stay tuned for an educational episode!
Everyone's a fan!
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Play-by-play 00:00 - Cold Open (Esperanto???) 00:07 - Theme Song 00:29 - Introduction (Esperanto???) 00:56 - Introduction (English) 01:20 - Who are Esperantists? What _is_ Esperanto?! 41:30 - Fans of the week 47:16 - Spotlight: [Springboard to Languages](http://www.springboard2languages.org) 50:46 - Goodbye! 52:03 - Outtakes
Citations ["The Joy of Esperanto - The Daily Beast"](http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/10/30/the-joy-of-esperanto.html) ["The Serious History Behind Esperanto | TIME"](http://time.com/4417809/esperanto-history-invention/) ["Esperanto: the language that never was | Prospect Magazine"](http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/the-language-that-never-was-esperanto-languages) ["The Secret Jewish History of Esperanto - Culture - Forward.com"](http://forward.com/culture/348344/the-secret-jewish-history-of-esperanto/) ["Regina home to smallest Esperanto language club in Canada - Saskatchewan - CBC News"](http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/saskatchewan/esperanto-language-canada-smallest-club-regina-1.3557994) ["Esther Schor's Bridge of Words, reviewed."](http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2016/10/esther_schor_s_bridge_of_words_reviewed.html) ["Springboard… to Languages - an innovative introduction to language learning for KS1 and KS2"](http://www.springboard2languages.org/)
["Pasporta Servo - Wikipedia"](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pasporta_Servo) ["Learn Esperanto first: Tim Morley at TEDxGranta - YouTube"](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gSAkUOElsg) ["paculo comments on Why learn Esperanto?"](https://www.reddit.com/r/Esperanto/comments/4ujrc4/why_learn_esperanto/d5qccpg/) ["Adventures in Esperanto - Finding Esperanto's little quirks"](https://adventuresinesperanto.wordpress.com/) ["Wikipedia - Esperanto"](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esperanto) ["The Secret Language of George Soros"](http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-arts-and-culture/books/216065/secret-language-of-george-soros) ["The Joy of Esperanto"](http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/10/30/the-joy-of-esperanto.html) ["The Hidden Perverse Effects of the Current System"](http://claudepiron.free.fr/articlesenanglais/effects.htm) ["Esperanto in China Faces Uncertain Future"](http://www.china.org.cn/china/2016-07/26/content_38959660.htm) ["Parolas Esperanton? Esperanto Language still has Appeal
in Brazil"](http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article99066207.html) ["Johnson: Simple, Logical and Doomed"](http://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2013/09/esperanto-0) ["Are there any esperantization movements - Reddit"](https://www.reddit.com/r/Esperanto/comments/3xx6xx/are_there_any_esperantization_movements/) ["Gufujo - Wikipedia"](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gufujo) ["Oomoto - Wikipedia"](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oomoto) ["Esperanto Culture - Wikipedia"](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esperanto_culture) ["Esperantido"](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esperantido) ["Esperanto Stack Exchange"](http://esperanto.stackexchange.com/)
Credits Music: "Tarantelle, Op. 43" by Frederic Chopin, played by Olga Gurevich "Polonaise in F sharp minor" by Frederic Chopin, played by Olga Gurevich "Fantaisie, Op. 49" by Frederic Chopin, played by Olga Gurevich Logo: ["Glasses"](https://thenounproject.com/term/glasses/132894) by [Anton Anuchin](https://thenounproject.com/antonwebium) used under [CC BY 3.0](http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/) ["Speech Bubbles"](https://thenounproject.com/term/speech-bubbles/711323) by[iconosphere](https://thenounproject.com/iconsphere) used under [CC BY 3.0](http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us/)
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