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Russ Williams
United States, Poland
ESF supports lernu.net, which is how I learned Esperanto and got to know Anna so... I'm repaying that favor :-)
Synnöve Mynttinen
This year I am celebrating my 25th anniversary of being in Esperantujo. When visiting Esperanto meetings in the past few years, I have gotten to know talented Esperanto speakers of various ages, who were participating in their first Esperanto event after they had learned Esperanto through lernu.net. I always admire their wonderful pronunciation and large vocabulary. A good example is the film of Rowland Goodbody in the film archive at edukado.net. Lernu.net and edukado.net are current methods of teaching Esperanto to millions of people all over the world, both effectively and with high quality, according to everyone's personal capabilities. Esperantujo doesn't have the financial resources to do everything. That's why we have to use our money for the most effective methods of spreading study of the language and increasing the language level of people who have already learned it. That's why I donate money to ESF from time to time; I think that ESF has supported many important things in the Esperanto community, at a scientific and a practical level. Synnöve Mynttinen has successfully passed the C1 level CEFR exam in Esperanto.
Bruce Sherwood
United States
I learned Esperanto starting in 1954, and knowing it has opened many doors. Through Esperanto, I got to know other cultures and other people, which I wouldn't have known without this useful language. I am an American and I studied physics for one year in Padua, Italy. A young couple there helped me a lot; they spoke Esperanto at home, and later had two children who spoke Esperanto from birth. I have read a lot of original and translated Esperanto literature, which has broadened my own culture. During a trip, I have often experienced intimate conversations in a common language, which would hardly happen in English. Esperanto was an important basis for learning other languages, which is why I can speak well in Italian and Spanish (and I have professionally given talks in Esperanto, Italian, and Spanish) and I can read well in French and (less well) in Russian. Because of this foundation, I, a physicist, was even a professor of linguistics for a few years. I contributed to ESF because I want other people to have the ability to learn about Esperanto, and to judge for themselves, whether it would be interesting to learn the language. Bruce Sherwood is a retired professor of physics, North Carolina State University
Nicoline Kinch
I wanted to contribute to ESF because thanks to Esperanto, I had a better name for my invention. I gave it the Esperanto name "Kolormondo". It works worldwide, it's simple and attractive, and it often offers a possibility of speaking Esperanto. Kolormondo is also a logical invention, understandable and beautiful, just like Esperanto... I learned Esperanto in the University of Stockholm, with Sonja Petrović-Lundberg, and also by means of lernu!
Jürgen Wulff
I donate to Lernu.net because it is a truly international platform for learning Esperanto, and at the summer study in Nitra, it offers an event with a great atmosphere, especially for young people. I started learning Esperanto in 1981, and I would have liked to have the resources that we have today through Lernu.net.
Jean-François Clopeau
I started learning Esperanto three years ago, with the help of Lernu, following the great advice of an Esperanto-speaking friend. I have a moral debt to lernu!, to whom I am very thankful.
Luís Ladeira
I support ESF because it is an important supporter of important Esperanto institutions, scientific research, and events. Since 2002, when I became an Esperantist, I have become accustomed to seeing ESF in serious and progressive Esperanto activities. We should support ESF!
Ferdinand Cesarano
United States
I made my donation to Lernu because its chat room gives me a lot of pleasure. I really enjoy the text chat - honestly, I prefer communicating that way even in my native language, because of the clarity and precision that can be achieved through writing. Also, it's very satisfying to help learners; in doing that, I get the sense that I am helping give our language life.
Francisko Lorrain
Among current Esperanto organizations, I think that ESF is the one that, through its various continuous, professional-quality projects, has most concretely and energetically contributed to spreading Esperanto in recent years.
Alain Zugetta
Esperanto is a wonderful tool for communicating with people from the whole world. I donate to lernu! because I want to support it, and I admire the whole team, which works hard for the success of lernu.net.
Helen Faraji
Iran, United States
I'm a teacher of literature and one day, I happened to notice that my best student wasn't listening to me anymore. She was reading an article in a women's magazine, which she gave me during a break. In the article, Esperanto was mentioned - and I was amazed that so many people could speak the same language. The article interested me very much, because I had already experienced travel in France, where I had many communication problems, because people didn't want to hear English. A telephone call to a university followed, and then learning Esperanto quickly - then later, a trip to Grezillon Castle in France, for more study. I fell deeper and deeper in love with our dear language, and some time later, I even married a wonderful Esperantist from another country. He travelled to Iran during the revolution three times before we could both travel together abroad. By means of our dear language, we met and got to know many people, and even created a tour agency. My husband has already passed away, and I am still in the United States with my family. Unfortunately, I really miss contacts with dear friends - I am like a girl who has been separated from her true love... I thank ESF for everything that they have done to help our dear language progress!
Trefflé Mercier
I don't hesitate to support ESF, because for me, this foundation is the most important and effective for spreading Esperanto and getting people to accept it. You only need to take a look at the various activities that ESF supports, to understand that the money donated to this foundation is well used and bears concrete and useful fruits.
Fernando Maia Jr.
I donate to ESF because I agree with and trust the work that they fund. ESF runs and supports some of the most important spaces for Esperanto on the internet, always with a modern eye and inspiring results.
Benny Lewis
Learning Esperanto was just a fun week project for me initially, but I didn't realize how much it would open my world up to so many incredible people. I've literally spent months of my life just speaking Esperanto at gatherings! Lernu.net was instrumental in helping me get the foundations needed to get into many conversations and making lifelong friendships!
Maria Barcellos
I donate to ESF every year because I think that it is the most important and efficient in advancing Esperanto. When I talk to people about Esperanto, I always mention Lernu.net.
James Bulls
I supported the ESF with my donation because I believe in the dream of Esperanto: that an international language can build bridges between people and ultimately foster a safer, more cooperative world. With the terrific advantage of the Internet, bringing Esperanto to new students has become faster and easier than ever before, and I'm happy to support Lernu.net with my donation. It's because of the ESF that L.L. Zamenhof's dream continues to inspire the hopeful, but it's because of Lernu.net that the hopeful are finding their way.
Gregorio Naçu
I donated to ESF to support Lernu.net because without lernu! I wouldn’t have successfully learnt Esperanto. With Esperanto, I opened my mind and my world. I’m very thankful for that and I want to help lernu! help many others to discover Esperanto and "Esperantoland".
Zhang Long
I supported ESF because of its merit. I learned Esperanto by myself with Lernu.net and I made lots of friends throughout the world. The website is very valuable. I also invited to some friends to join, who are interested in Esperanto and who would like to learn it by themselves.
Charles Mays
United States
In my opinion the Esperantic Studies Foundation uses its limited funds wisely and with great impact. Lernu.net is a good example. The vision that resulted in the creation of this interesting and practical website illustrates why I donate to ESF. On a more personal note, my first Esperanto contact was Cathy Schulze, who along with her husband, Bill, wisely provided funding, which today greatly helps sustain ESF. Cathy and Bill saw the value in supporting ESF, and I can not imagine an organization where my donations will be better used.
Eustáquio Maia
Dear friends! It is with great pride and gratitude that I give my support to ESF, because I believe in the cause of Esperanto and I feel that it has a great future.
Katharina Fust
For half a year I can learn Esperanto thanks to lernu! with the "Ana Pana" course, guided by an experienced and lovable tutor, and I have established a number of e-mail contacts with people from different countries. Because of that I find it logical to financially support ESF / lernu! according to my means.