In this exclusive interview with MIPCOM daily News’ Julian Newby, Stephen Fry discusses his new 5-part linguistic documentary series Planet Word, produced by Fry’s company Sprout Pictures. It will screen on the UK’s BBC2 late 2011.
Read the MIPCOM daily News’ interview here, from October 5!
I hope that Stephen Fry will mention the success of Esperanto in his new BBC TV programme “Planet Word” when it airs on 25th September. Many ignorant people describe Esperanto as “failed” – other ignorant people say that if human beings were meant to fly, God would have given them wings.
Esperanto is neither artificial nor a failure however. As the British Government now employs Esperanto translators it has ceased to be a hobby. More recently this international language was used to address the United Nations in Bonn.
During a short period of 124 years Esperanto is now in the top 100 languages, out of 6,800 worldwide. It is the 22nd most used language in Wikipedia, ahead of Danish and Arabic. It is a language choice of Google, Skype, Firefox, Ubuntu and Facebook.
The new online course http://www.lernu.net has 125 000 hits per day and Esperanto Wikipedia enjoys 400 000 hits per day. That can’t be bad 🙂