L. L. Zamenhof

What is Esperanto?

Esperanto is an international language published by Dr. Ludovic Zamenhof in 1887 with the goal of improving communication and understanding. It’s a living language, used as a common second language for communicating with others from different countries. Speakers of Esperanto (called Esperantists) can be found in over 135 countries.


Why Esperanto?

Esperanto is easier to learn than other languages thanks to its regular and simple grammar. In fact, it’s estimated you can learn Esperanto 4 to 10 times faster than an ethnic language. The language also belongs to everyone, not just to people of a particular group or nationality. As a neutral second language, everyone can communicate without losing their cultural identity.

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Join Us!

The Syracuse Esperanto Society is a group for individuals in Syracuse and Central New York who are interested in studying, speaking, and promoting the use of Esperanto. We have regular monthly meetings, and newcomers and people interested in learning more are always welcome.

Our next meeting is Friday, December 17 at 6:00 pm

Recent News

Universala Kongreso 2020 Delayed
April 4, 2020

The World Health Organization declared the growing coronavirus epidemic a pandemic on March 11. This has resulted in numerous flight and entry restrictions which impacts international meetings in the near future. In light of these restrictions and safety concerns over the spread of the coronavirus, the UEA Board has postponed the 2020 Universala Kongreso which was to take place in Montreal.

Ret-Kunsido for New York Esperantists
March 22, 2020

Coronavirus has interrupted daily life for millions of people, calling for social distancing and closing schools and businesses. Like many others, esperantists are now turning to the internet to stay connected. The Syracuse Esperanto Society has teamed up with the Buffalo Esperanto Club to organize several online events since in-person meetings are not possible. The Nov-Jorkia Ret-Kunsido will be hosted over Zoom on March 24 at 6:00pm and will be open to all esperantists in New York. The Syracuse group is also organizing a Facebook Watch Party for the film Incubus, starring William Shatner. Meeting IDs and access codes have been provided to the local group leaders; anyone wishing to participate is advised to contact their local group.

Esperanto Course at the University of Rochester
January 28, 2019

After a long pause, the Esperanto Course at the University of Rochester will be held. The course will be taught by Hoss Firooznia on Monday evenings through the 2019 spring semester. The course was first offered at the university in 2005, and was held almost every year until 2013. It’s estimated that between 75-100 students have learned Esperanto from the course. The course is open to the public, and anyone from Syracuse who wishes to attend should contact the Syracuse Esperanto Society to arrange group transportation.