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 What is Ido?

Ido is an international, artificial language which complies with the following principle: the best international auxiliary language is the one which offer the greatest facility in learning to the greatest number of people. Ido is easy to learn, easy to pronounce and easy to understand. In sharp contrast to a natural language Ido is impartial and does not favour anyone using it.

The vocabulary

Ido has chosen those uninflected words, which are most international, i.e. the words which most people will recognize in their native language.

Historical account

Today’s Ido is of course not the result of one person’s effort. It has been developed by many scientists during a long period of time. The very first project was presented 1908 by Louis Beaufront. Himself was an Esperantist, and he named his project Ido.

The name of the language

When Beaufront presented his proposal as an improved version of Esperanto, he wanted to stay anonymous. In order to show that he nevertheless was a son of Esperanto he called himself Ido, since the suffix-id in Esperanto means descendant. Gradually, the project grew to a complete new language and got the name Ido, which nowadays is interpreted as Idiom por omni, i.e. everyone’s language.

A few examples of the language’s internationality: Letro-amiko skribis a me. A pen friend wrote to me. Me vizitos tu nexta yaro. I shall visit you next summer. Me respondis: Tu esas sempre bonvenanta. I answered: You are always welcome! 

Ido litterature can be purchased from: 

Germana IDO Societo (GIS)
Alfred Neussner, 
Thüringer Strasse 3, D-37284 Waldkappel, Germany
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Louis Beaufront


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