14 January 2011

Microsoft taunts Google with Esperanto comparison

In a fit of pique Microsoft has hurled a snarky insult at Google, satirically likening Google's WebM video codec to Esperanto. The story is at PCMag.com and CNET News among hundreds of other sites.

In fact this story was published on so many websites and blogs that the Esperantists haven't been able to catch up; I only saw the obligatory "no you've got it all wrong, Esperanto is really popular and useful" responses on one of ten sites I checked.


Brian Barker said...

An interesting reaction in favour to Esperanto.

Many Esperanto speakers object though to being named as "Esperantists" as this portrays them as part of a "sect" or "ghetto"

Aaron said...

Hahaha, that's so true and yet so, so wrong of you to say.

Michael Farris said...

Then Esperanto speakers should stop calling themselves 'esperantistoj'.

If you act like a nut, don't complain when people treat you like one.

ps mi parolas esperante

Esperantrix said...

Hi, guys. I learned Esperanto in four months. It's an incredible language. You should try it out. Scientific studies all over the world have proven that learning esperanto increases a person's capacity for logical thinking, and decreases the number of years it takes to learn any other foreign language. It also raises kids math scores by up to 40%. And it only takes from 6 months to one year of studying.

People say Esperanto didn't work. But every meaningful revolution takes time to happen. This was the case with women's rights, the fight against racism and against homophobia. It takes time because people always fight against change.

But Esperanto has already worked. There are about 2 million people in more than 150 countries speaking it, and this number grows everyday. Esperanto has more than 140 thousand articles on Wikipedia. Google, Facebook, and other websites have versions in Esperanto, for the sheer number of speakers that use it everyday for global communication.

The chinese government has prepared hundreds of teachers in Esperanto and even has a Masters Degree in Esperanto. It also broadcasts a TV news program and has a radio in Esperanto.

The Hungarian version of SAT has Esperanto as one of its language tests.
In Brazil, the government is voting on a law that will make Esperanto one of the languages to be learned at school.

So, Esperanto is growing.