99% Invisible: A Designed Language

What would it be like if, in addition to our native languages, we could communicate across cultures in a neutral second language?

2011 / Roman Mars / KALW 91.7, San Fransico, USA


What would it be like if, in addition to our native languages, we could communicate across cultures in a neutral second language?

So thought the designers of the Esperanto language, which didn't (or hasn't yet) become the world's second language, but does have around 50,000 speakers - more than any other invented language in history.

Esperanto is the topic of this episode of 99% Invisible, which producer Roman Mars describes as "a tiny radio show about design, architecture, and the 99% invisible activity that shapes our worlds."

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