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Sebastian Hartwig wrote:

> Some time ago Simono Pejno, based on these figures and the number of
> organised esperantists, postulated a number of around 30.000 esperantists,
> that is: speakers of Esperanto.

I think he only counts really fluent speakers and my experience there are 10
or 20 eternaj komencantoj (from hangers on to basic knowledge) and/or
club-level speakers (may be farily fluent but not always pretty or lau
fundamento) each fluent speaker.
For a more up-to-date idea of the (possibly too) gloomy calculations of Mr.
Payne, to to:

http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/profcon/esperant.htm


-michael farris