The first Olympic Games took place more than 2,000 years ago and was watched by about 5,000 people. It was easy to talk about because everyone was there in the flesh.

Fast-forward to 1924 and hundreds of thousands of people hear the Olympics for the first time on radio. 12 years later and the Berlin Olympics is broadcast around the world on a sparkling new invention called television.

This year more than four billion people are expected to watch the Olympic Games in Rio. More than 10,000 representatives from 206 countries will compete.

The athletes themselves will speak around 50 different languages, and the viewers, well, hundreds.

Previously everyone on the entire planet hasn’t been able to have one giant conversation.

But now they can.

Now the whole world can speak one language – the official (unofficial) language of the Olympics – which uses emojis to cross boundaries in the way that previously only sport has been able to.

And it’s called Esportanto.

Now for the first time ever you can laugh, cry, celebrate, sledge, gloat, exalt and banter with everyone in the whole world just as easily as with your friend John, Juan, Sing or Cindy.

Let the games begin!