A House of Esperanto has just been inaugurated in Trois-Rivières. Its mission: to bring together adepts as neophytes, and to promote this universal language, which has its roots in Latin and Germanic languages.
This new house looks like a Spanish inn.
Chilean, Québécois, French, Polish and yet they all speak the same language: Esperanto.
“All the roots of words have been carefully chosen to make it as clear, simple and regular as possible, explains the owner of the Esperanto House, Suzanne Roy. There are roots of English origin, of German origin, but most are of Latin origin.”
The Esperanto House in Trois-Rivières is already teeming with Esperantist visitors, traveling and studying.
What I want to do more now by making it public is that I would like other people, who do not speak Esperanto yet, to be interested, come to talk with us and come to practice, says Ms. Roy.
Laetitia Berr, a French student, has Esperanto as her mother tongue.
It was the opening to others. It’s true that my best friend is Hungarian, she lives in England. I have friends in Germany, Italy. When I was a child, we traveled all the time.
It is thanks to her language that Laetitia met Suzanne, where she lived for several months.
A year ago, she went for a walk in France and I hosted her for a few days. And when she knew I was coming back to Quebec, she opened the doors of my home, says Berr.
More than a language, Esperanto, which means hope, is also a philosophy. Suzanne Roy opened the house for the world congress to be held in Montreal in 2020. The first workshops will begin on September 24th.