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Esperanto speakers at the 2008 International Youth Congress of Esperanto

An Esperantist (Esperanto: Esperantisto) is a person who speaks or uses Esperanto. If its meaning corresponded with its full etymology, an Esperantist would be someone who supports or specializes in those who hope (from Esperanto esperanto "a hoping one", "someone who hopes", from esperi "to hope"). Although definitions of "Esperantist" vary, according to the Declaration of Boulogne ("Deklaracio pri la esenco de Esperantismo", declaration about the essence of esperantism), a document agreed at the first World Congress of Esperanto, an Esperantist is someone who speaks Esperanto and uses it for any purpose. An Esperantist is also a person who participates in Esperanto culture.

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This page has been translated from the article fr:Espérantiste on the French Wikipedia, accessed on June 13, 2006.

Information on William Thomas Stead from the Esperanto Vikipedio article.


  1. ^ Esperanto en Perspektivo, pp. 475 and 646, 1974.
  2. ^ Smith, Arden R. (2006). "Esperanto". In Drout, Michael D. C. J. R. R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment. Routledge. p. 172,  and Book of the Foxrook; transcription on Tolkien i Esperanto; the text begins with "PRIVATA KODO SKAŬTA" (Private Scout Code)
  3. ^ Johano Paŭlo la 2a kaj Esperanto
  4. ^ Who Supports Esperanto?

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