I Like My Phone More Than I Like You


I Like My Phone More Than I Like You

Illustration: Akshita Monga


speranto, with about two million known speakers and growing, is the most widely spoken constructed language in the world. Created by physician LL Zamenhof in 1887, its goal was to create a politically neutral language that would transcend nationality, foster peace, and international understanding between people with different languages, while being exceptionally easy to learn.

I read about Esperanto while surfing Reddit on my way back home from work. I texted my fiancée (now husband and fellow enthusiast of all things man-made) about it. At dinner, we sat in silence clinking cutlery with one hand, and scrolling rabidly through our phones with the other, gabbing with each other for ways to learn this cool new language we’d just got to know about. It may not fit your regular idea of a romantic dinner, but candlelight’s got nothing on the way our phone screens lit our faces.