The Esperanto language is easily the most commonly spoken man made language and boasts of around two million speakers the world over. Formulated in 1887 by Dr. L.L. Zamenhof, the aim behind its creation was its serving as a tool to foster cross-border brotherhood.
Esperanto is believed to be spoken in around 115 countries, and significant concentrations of Esperantists (people who speak Esperanto) can be found in Europe, South America, and Asia. Countries with high numbers of Esperantists include Brazil, Japan, China, Netherlands, Germany, France, and Finland.
World Congress of Esperanto:
This congress of fellow Esperantists has been held for over a hundred years on an annual basis without missing a year except for the period during the two World Wars. The numbers of attendees vary in accordance to the venue, and while this does go up to 6,000, it averages at around 2,000. On an average, attendees from 60 different nations make it to each World Congress of Esperanto. Hanoi, Vietnam is slated to host the next one (2012), and the one in 2013 is to take place in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Learning the Language:
If you are to ask speakers of the Esperanto language how easy it is to learn, they will, in all likelihood, tell you that it’s a fairly simple language to learn (what you should know at the onset is that there are simply no exceptions to rules). Esperanto grammar is rather simplified, with there being no person based verb conjugations and gender based articles. The number system is also quite easy to learn.
If you already know how to speak English or any Romance language, and if you are a quick learner, you could find yourself fairly proficient in this language in a matter of weeks. What will help quicken the process is the fact that the internet can help you with your learning the Esperanto language in a number of ways.