Neil Blonstein

Universal Esperanto Association
New York, NY, United States

About Neil

Bio

Seeking world peace through group therapy/parental sharing promoting non-violent behavior among children. World language would be my next priority. Esperanto has satisfied me as an acceptable solution. History is repeating itself with many people claiming English is the World Language, just as the was done regarding French as the language of culture. Most forget the elite status of German as the Language of Science shortly before the German leader, Hitler, decided to take over the world. A third interest is organic gardening. I own property in Florda, where I've planted a dozen fruit trees. I hope to do more. Music is a fourth interest. Music is an international language for the vast majority of the world. We need to share in the international musical culture. Here too English lyrical music is dominating the world inappropriately. Peace to all.

Areas of Expertise

Language Acquistion, Languages, Language education - Englis, ESL teaching

An idea worth spreading

Esperanto, a language which spreads peacefully

I'm passionate about

Spreading Esperanto as a Second Language. I would also find time to discuss early childhood educations internationally.

People don't know I'm good at

Guitarist, gardener

Comments & conversations

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Neil Blonstein
Posted about 3 years ago
Patricia Ryan: Don't insist on English!
Universal Esperanto Association has organized 17 major conferences over the past 30 years (4 in the last 3 years) on language diversity. I commend the dialogue that Patricia Ryan has provoked. Neil Blonstein, UN representative of Universal Esperanto Association.
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Neil Blonstein
Posted about 3 years ago
Patricia Ryan: Don't insist on English!
Symposium on Language and the United Nations, May 1, 2012 777 United Nations Plaza, New York PROGRAMME 3:00 – 3:45. Language Teaching and Learning Bonnibeth Fonseca-Greber, University of Louisville, “Preparing the UN’s Next Generation: A Professional Development Plan for Translator Candidates” Miriam Eisenstein Ebsworth & Brianna Avenia-Tapper, New York University, Steinhardt: Patricia Duffy, UN Language and Communications Programme; Jill Kalotay, webmaster and consultant, “Learning English for Peace: An Online English Course about the UN” Sohair Soukkary, Baruch College, CUNY, “Language Teaching: Tapping the Right Side of the Brain” 3:45 – 4:30. The NGO Experience Presentations by the Legion of Goodwill (Danilo Parmegiani) & Universal Esperanto Association (Steven Brewer) 4:30 – 5:00. Closing Remarks Humphrey Tonkin, University of Hartford, “Thirty Years of Church Center Conferences on Language at the UN” Closing Remarks: Françoise Cestac 5:00 - 6:00 Reception
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Neil Blonstein
Posted about 3 years ago
Patricia Ryan: Don't insist on English!
ABOUT 100 PEOPLE PARTICIPATED IN THE FOLLOWING PROGRAM: Symposium on Language and the United Nations, May 1, 2012 777 United Nations Plaza, New York PROGRAMME 9:30 – 10:00 Registration 10:00 – 10:30 Opening greetings H. E. Ambassador Filippe Savadogo, Permanent Representative of La Francophonie to the United Nations Alassane Diatta, Chief, French Translation Service, Department for General Assembly and Conference Management, United Nations 10:30 – 11:30. Language Policy at the United Nations Françoise Cestac, Former UN Assistant Secretary-General. Introduction Marie-Josée de Saint Robert, Chief, Languages Service, Division of Conference Management, UN Geneva, “Policy Regarding Language Use at the United Nations.” Paper read by Bonnibeth Fonseca-Greber. André Corrêa d’Almeida & G. Bahar Otcu, Columbia University, “The Portuguese Language in the United Nations” 11:30 – 12:30. The Language Policy Background and Its Implications (1) Clément Mbom, Brooklyn College, “Langues et développement humain: Le français, acteur du développement dans les pays où il n’est pas la langue maternelle” Anna Luisa Daigneault, Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages, “The Endangered Languages of South America: Grassroots Language Activism and New Media for the 21st Century” Lauren Zentz, University of Arizona, “Legacies of Modernity, Postcoloniality, and Globalization: Language Policy in Indonesia” 12:45. Lunch. Film Screening: Languages Lost and Found: Speaking and Whistling the Mamma Tongue Iris Brooks and Jon H. Davis, Cultural Reporters / Film Directors, Northern Lights Studio 1:45-3:00. The Language Policy Background and Its Implications (2) Timothy Reagan, Central Connecticut State University, “But What Is My Mother Tongue: Rethinking the Challenges of Mother Tongue Education” Myriam de Beaulieu, United Nations, “Loss of lexical and cultural diversity with global communication ” Panel discussion by the speakers in the morning and early afternoon sessions 3:00 –
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Neil Blonstein
Posted over 3 years ago
Are China's linguistic dialects endangered?
I have many doubts on Chinese "progress". Progress in China, is about what American NON-unionized workers tolerated in 1900. When feasible I'll pay double or triple for a shirt made by European, Canadian or Union labor. Their policies on the mandirinization of the country are no better. To the Chinese government's virtue, they occasionally support the logical, easy, neutral language, Esperanto, which I support as a second language for Americans, French, Germans, Brazilians etc.
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Neil Blonstein
Posted over 3 years ago
Wade Davis: Dreams from endangered cultures
National Geographic, sadly, has only touched on Esperanto once in its history. Isn't it time that this world-wide phenomena be fully evaluated at this revered magazine (paper edition and on-line)? http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/12/091215-ll-zamenhof-google-doodle-esperanto-150th-birthday/
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Neil Blonstein
Posted over 3 years ago
Wade Davis: Dreams from endangered cultures
While still vastly misunderstood, the existence of the easy, neutral language, Esperanto, is NOT MEANT TO REPLACE LOCAL LANGUAGES, but encourage the survival of the majority of languages of the world, which are now under threat, by the present political, economic, military, anglo-centric order of the world. One of our multi-lingual sites that emphasizes this is www.lingvaj-rajtoj.org In my personal view, hundreds of languages with their last few speakers will sady die this century. However, if we continue in our present projectile, thousands of languages will disappear, including ones with thousands of speakers today.
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Neil Blonstein
Posted over 3 years ago
Jonas Gahr Støre: In defense of dialogue
You may call Afghan instability an internal war but it is really an inter-ethnic conflict, as are most conflicts in Africa. What are Pashtun and Daris? I believe there is another ethnic group involved. Then Pakistan is a mixture of many ethno-linguistic groups. Just saying "groups" isn't dealing with many sources of these regional problems. And by the way get the Kurds--17 million--an independent country.
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Neil Blonstein
Posted over 3 years ago
Jay Walker: The world's English mania
English is business as usual. Deception and more deception. Regarding China, this repletion is outlawed in every western country. We are not parrots. This is producing dictatorships. Esperanto is the just compromise, used throughout the world.