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A Universal Language?

August 23, 1992

Regarding Garden Grove Councilman J. Tilman Williams' position on Esperanto ("Melting Pot," by Kimberly Heinrichs, Palm Latitudes, July 26): Esperanto never caught on with even a significant minority because it makes no practical sense.

There is, and has been for some time, the practical equivalent of a universal language: English. It is the international language of science, technology, finance and trade. If one were to attend a scientific conference in, say, Stockholm, and a Japanese person wanted to speak to a German, they would converse in English. Most of the papers presented in gatherings throughout the world are in English. Most verbal intercourse in the United Nations is in English.

LOU GARNER

Torrance

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