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16. What Esperanto material is available on the Internet?



The main Usenet newsgroup devoted to Esperanto is soc.culture.esperanto. It has an estimated readership of several tens of thousands. The group's charter specifies that postings may be in Esperanto on any topic, or about Esperanto in any language (e.g. informational postings or requests for information).

The preferred language of soc.culture.esperanto is Esperanto. Beginners are especially encouraged to post in Esperanto, or maybe bilingually in Esperanto alongside their native tongue.

If you are cross-posting articles to other newsgroups, please do not post in Esperanto, unless English (or the usual language of that newsgroup) is also included, preferably as the primary language. Aside from being rude, such postings have tended to create a lot of unwanted cross-posted response traffic, usually of an anti-Esperanto inflammatory nature. Similarly, while it may sometimes be appropriate to mention Esperanto in other newsgroups, continued discussion of Esperanto in inappropriate groups like comp.lang.c will generate more heat than light, and should be avoided.

Gateway to mailing list esperanto-l and to FidoNet echo Esperanto

For those who cannot read the newsgroup, there is a "news to mail gateway" which sends the postings to subscribers by E-mail. All correspondence related to the mailing list should be sent to

Every message sent to the mailing list is forwarded to soc.culture.esperanto, and every article from soc.culture.esperanto is forwarded to the mailing list. Thus, if you are reading the newsgroup, you do not need to be on the mailing list.

To UNsubscribe from the mailing list, again send a message to

The newsgroup is also gatewayed to the FidoNet echo Esperanto (see below under FidoNet).

Incidentally, the link between the newsgroup and the mailing list means that mailing list members will sometimes see strange messages having nothing to do with Esperanto, caused when some lackwit cross-posts a message to all the soc.* newsgroups. These people do not read the newsgroup anyway, so replies sent to the mailing list (rather than the original sender) will not reach them.


The newsgroup alt.uu.lang.esperanto.misc should deal in principle with Esperanto instruction ("UU" stands for "Usenet University"), but it is little used in practice. Still, it is an appropriate place for beginners' questions, information on learning Esperanto, etc. and alt.esperanto.*

The two groups just mentioned -- soc.culture.esperanto and alt.uu.lang.esperanto.misc -- have existed for several years. Very recently, some new groups have been created in the alt.* hierarchy. Because of the rules which apply to that hierarchy, alt.* groups are often created without any real need and with no clear purpose.

There is some traffic in, mostly articles cross-posted from soc.culture.esperanto or other groups.

There are also several groups in the newly-created alt.esperanto.* hierarchy, but their propagation is poor and they are hardly used, except perhaps for alt.esperanto.beginner.


Usenet group soc.culture.esperanto (and its corresponding mailing list) is appropriate for all posts in or about Esperanto. If desired, questions about learning Esperanto, help for beginners, and the like may be posted instead in alt.uu.lang.esperanto.misc or, perhaps, in alt.esperanto.beginner, but they are still entirely appropriate in soc.culture.esperanto. It is probably best to ignore the other groups.

FTP Archives

The following FTP archive has a major Esperanto collection:
esperanto-texts.dir: Texts in Esperanto
fonts.dir: Esperanto fonts for Macintosh, DOS, Unix
hypercourse.dir: HyperCard course for Macintosh
introductions.dir: General information about Esperanto
other-tongues.dir: Comparisons between Esperanto and other auxiliary languages
software.dir: Programs related to Esperanto
word-lists.dir: Dictionaries and glossaries

An FTP archive is also being prepared at
but was not yet set up at the time of writing.


There is now a lot of material about Esperanto on the Web. Here are some resources which should help you find what you want.

See also the usual WWW search services, for example Yahoo's listing for Esperanto.

If you're feeling adventurous, try simply searching for "Esperanto" with Alta Vista (700 000 references), Infoseek (25 000 references), or (48 000 references using "Power Search").

Mailing Lists

Usenet newsgroup soc.culture.esperanto is available as a mailing list. See under Usenet, above.

Other mailing lists include:

On planned languages with a social base, or "social interlinguistics".

To subscribe, send "subscribe bja-listo your_name@your_address" to

Information is also available:

Esperanto as a home language or first language. Most active subscribers seem to be parents raising their children in Esperanto.

Mail to Jouko Lindstedt,, to subscribe.

Information is also available in Esperanto.

General discussion in Esperanto.

To subscribe, send "subscribe esper-l" to

About ecology.

To subscribe, send "subscribe verdverd your_name@your_address" to Maintainer: Andrzej Zwawa,

Internet Relay Chat (IRC)

Channel #esperanto:
Tuesday, 15:00 - 17:00 UTC,
and Monday, 3:00 - 6:00 UTC

Esperanto instruction:
Thursday, 2:00 UTC

Other Internet Resources

Enrique Ellemberg,, coordinates an Esperanto penpal service. Information is available in English; you can also see the list of requests, in Esperanto.

Some libraries have on-line listings of their Esperanto holdings. On the Internet, try:

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