Ekde 'The Guardian': Kio ajn fariĝis Esperanton ("Whatever happened to Esperanto"). Ne estas nova tezo, sed ankoraŭ leginda.
Enthusiasts are attempting to reach a new generation with an initiative called Springboard to Languages - aimed at raising language awareness in schools at key stage two through the medium of Esperanto. It is often described as a useful "apprentice language" - in much the same way that learning the recorder helps with other instruments.
For an English speaker, Esperanto is supposed to be five times as easy to learn as Spanish or French, 10 times as easy as Russian and 20 times as easy as Arabic or Chinese. Then again, less internationally minded English folk will point out that speaking slowly and loudly in their native tongue is even easier still.
Springboard to languages