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Esperanto: the second language in OUYA Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Esperanto Culture


Since the following article is about a project I’m personally involved in, I will translate the article about it from Libera Folio, an Esperanto news source.

After English, Esperanto became the second language, which appeared in the recently launched game console OUYA, a system crowdfunded by private hobbyists. An app for listening to Esperanto radio was already released just four weeks after the device’s launch.

The small and inexpensive game console OUYA is based on the open operating system Android, and raised $8.5 million on Kickstarter. All games for the new device are free to try, but gamers can purchase extra content within games. The console itself is relatively inexpensive, being priced at $99.

The system was launched on June 25, 2013. Its interface is still only in English and all of its app are likewise in English. A month later, the first app in a language other than English appeared: Esperanto-radio Muzaiko, letting OUYA owners listen to the non-stop online Esperanto radio station Muzaiko as well as other Esperanto stations on their television set.


“I remembered, that Jacob Nordfalk wrote an app to listen to Esperanto radio on Android phones and I thought it would be easy to port it to OUYA. It was, in fact, more work than I thought, but I’m satisfied with the result! Because the code itself is open source, it was very easy to collaborate on the Google Code platform,” says Chuck Smith, who worked on this project along with Jacob Nordfalk.

Besides listening to Esperanto radio on TV, the console is mostly used for video games. It’s also possible to unofficially install other Android apps on it, but you’re never sure if they’ll work, since Android apps are typically made for touchscreens, while a game controller is used to interact with this device.

For more details: English press release

You can also listen to Muzaiko on other devices, like your computer.

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About the Author: Chuck Smith

I was born in the US, but Esperanto has led me all over the world. I started teaching myself Esperanto on a whim in 2001, not knowing how it would change my life. The timing couldn’t have been better; around that same time I discovered Wikipedia in it’s very early stages and launched the Esperanto version. When I decided to backpack through Europe, I found Esperanto speakers to host me. These connections led me to the Esperanto Youth Organization in Rotterdam, where I worked for a year, using Esperanto as my primary language. Though in recent years I’ve moved on to other endeavors like iOS development, I remain deeply engrained in the Esperanto community, and love keeping you informed of the latest news. The best thing that came from learning Esperanto has been the opportunity to connect with fellow speakers around the globe, so feel free to join in the conversation with a comment! I am now the founder and CTO of the social app Amikumu.