The main event was a talk from Clare Hunter (25) of Birmingham, who is Secretary of the Young Esperanto Speakers of Britain. In a frank and amusing way Clare told of her progression from being interested in the International Language, through abandoning her studies, then coming to realise that Esperanto was "not just a nice theory, but a living language, which has given me the chance to do things I wouldn't normally do". These activities included reading books translated from languages Clare could never learn, she said, and visiting other countries such as Hungary.
During a visit to Marburg, Germany, for an International Young Esperantists' Congress, Clare had spent a day in the company of new friends from Brazil and Kazakhstan, chatting freely in Esperanto while not knowing each other's language. That struck a chord with Eden Esperanto speaker, Stephen Thompson, who was re-elected Chairman of the NW Federation during the meeting. "When I attended my first World Congress I was similarly impressed with how Esperanto really did override national boundaries" he said. "But I really regret having come to Esperanto only in middle age and so having missed out on the opportunities the International Language offers to young people", he added.
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