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I'm the lead contributor for Duolingo's Esperanto course for English speakers as well as initiating the Esperanto course for Spanish speakers, so I believe that qualifies me to answer this. Duolingo uses three criteria for deciding whether a new course should be launched: How much demand is there for this course? Are there enough high-quality bilingual ...


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I recommend all the books by Claude Piron. I haven't read them all yet, but Claude Piron had a style very simple and rich ! He is really the author who gave me a crush on esperanto ! He was able to use all its particularities and make it so easy and subtile in the same time ! It's so delicious ! I suggest : « Lasu min paroli plu », which is written for ...


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Duolingo, the language learning website, has one currently in beta. The course will be rather brief due to its newness, but if it's like the English course it should cover most of the essentials. They have both a website and a phone application.


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I will try to build a somewhat objective answer based on the information you gave us : 8 days as of this writing of this : since you are a beginner, it will probably be easier for you if you can ask questions in English. For this, you can use the Duolingo Esperanto Learners group in Facebook, Esperanto Stack Exchange, and the group Esperanto - English in ...


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One good reason for learning Esperanto as one's first foreign language is its propaedeutic value, i.e. the value of learning (or teaching) it before learning (or teaching) other foreign languages. There has been some research on this topic. Some of it is discussed in What research has been done on the effects of learning Esperanto on acquiring other ...


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There is the article On the Acquisition of Esperanto published in 1988 by Dan Maxwell in Studies in Second Language Acquisition. Furthermore, footnote 22 of the Wikipedia article on Esperanto reads as follows: Grin Report, page 81 "Thus Flochon (2000: 109) notes that 'the Institute of Cybernetic Education of Paderborn (Germany) has compared the learning ...


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The previous commenters have focused on the rich history and culture of Esperanto. I want to focus on its future. I'm a YouTuber who works with Esperanto everyday. There are days when I speak Esperanto more than my native language English. For me things are very different. I feel like I'm a pioneer helping lead the way to a better future. When I started ...


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For the younger students and beginners I would also recommend BaBaDum, which is a beautiful site where you can learn 1500 words by playing simple "games". BaBaDum The site itself is available in 20 different languages.


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There is this site called Esperanto Language Stack Exchange that I heard is pretty good.


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I remember it this way. The U in humUro is smiling (at something funny). The other one (humoro) means mood.


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No other language – and I do speak a few – brought me even close to that many long lasting close international friendship than Esperanto. That's a good reason to learn Esperanto.


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Just to talk a bit about my experience as a beginner: I encountered Esperanto at the Polyglot Gathering in Berlin. Afterwards, I kept in contact with these people. Then I used Duolingo Esperanto Learners, another group and the Duolingo forum... Don't forget that you can use YouTube for listening and interaction, too! You can even make your own channel! ...


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In the French language you have the same difficulty (humeur - humour). (image source) I remembered the word humuro by the sentence: Ridi kiam oni kuras kontraŭ la muro estas malbona hu-muro. The other way is to look on the English word m-oo-d (which means hum-o-ro).


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Talking of Japanese, this is what it has in common with Esperanto: The basic number system is fairly similar 十二 (dekdu) 二十 (dudek) Some demonstrative pronouns have a similar logic ここ (ĉi tie) そこ (tie) どこ (kie) こんな (ĉi tia) そんな (tia) どんな (kia) Esperanto has prefixes and suffixes that correspond to the Japanese ones Japanese people could have "problems" with ...


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I personally found Ne Ekzistas Verdaj Steloj by Liven Dek (https://www.amazon.com/Ekzistas-Verdaj-Steloj-Mikronoveloj-Esperanto/dp/1595692355) to be an excellent story to help me learn Esperanto style. Although it's not as straightforward as Claude Piron's works, the stories contained in it are brief and witty, which makes them enjoyable, simple, and ...


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This article, "Esperanto as language and idea in China and Japan", seems to imply that it's not particularly hard to learn for non-Western speakers (see comment for full PDF version). In fact, in 1907 Chinese anarchists called for Chinese to be replaced by Eo, which they considered as the more suitable language. I also do not know any Asian speakers of Eo; ...


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Mi rekomendas Facila Vento kiu estas retejo kun facilaj tekstoj kiuj estas laŭtlegitaj. Estas du versioj de la sonoj, unu pli malrapida ol la alia, kaj estas ligiloj al difinoj por la plej malfacilaj vortoj. Bedaŭrinde ĝi ŝajne ne plu tiom aktivas, sed almenaŭ la arĥivo povus esti utila. En la subo estas ligilo al la fluo de RSS kiu funkcias en podkastilo.


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I have only ever seen this one (front) and (back) by Elias N. Jaquez. I will let you decide if it is a good one.


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Lang-8 is not Esperanto-specific, but it exists pretty much for that exact purpose. You can tag your entries as "Esperanto" and people will find them.


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Newspapers in Esperanto: Katalogo de Esperanta retenhavo/Periodaĵoj kaj radio, Novaĵoj en Esperanto, La Hodiaŭa Ĵurnalo, Libera Folio. Videos in Esperanto: Tubaro, Evildea, Esperanto VBlogo, Torina Esperanto-Centro, Tejo, E@I, UEAviva, Federación EsperantoES.


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I learned Esperanto because it has no irregular verbs or irregular plural forms, and that was psychologically satisfying to me. But I understand my psychological state is somewhat unusual. But another advantage I found to learning Esperanto as opposed to another language is the diversity of speakers. If I learn Russian, I can communicate with people from ...


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Kellerman's book was published in 1910, and represents Esperanto in its infancy. The book's only value is as a historical document, not a textbook. In addition to its age (you wouldn't use a textbook over a hundred years old to learn any other modern language) there are some direct errors, and Kellerman attempted to squeeze Esperanto into the grammatical ...


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lernu.net It contains forums in Esperanto, grammar of EO, and a library full of videos and songs.


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The Free Esperanto Course (FEC) was old when I took it nearly 20 years ago, but it's still up and running. I've always said that the advantage of this course is that it pairs you up with an instructor who can answer your questions. It's still a good course, and most instructors won't limit you to just asking about the current lesson. http://pacujo.net/...


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These videos are consistently subtitled in English: https://www.youtube.com/user/Evildela/videos These videos have subtitles in Esperanto: https://www.youtube.com/user/bookboxinc/search?query=esperanto


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Have you tried Being Colloquial in Esperanto? It doesn't contain exercises, but it goes a bit deeper than the beginner level books. There are physical copies available, I believe, but below I will attach a link to the electronic version. http://pages.ucsd.edu/~dkjordan/eo/colloq/colloq003-Contents.html I hope this helps.


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Newspaper The Esperanto-USA Retbutiko has several newspapers & magazines available for subscription. La Gazeto: Independent magazine published in France by a group of well known Esperantists. Excellent Esperanto and geared more toward cultural expression than the Esperanto movement. Illustrated 32 pages (245x165) per issue. 6 issues per subscription ...


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It isn't true that there isn't a culture to learn about along with the language. I recently finished La Zamenhofstrato, a book about the life of Dr. Louis Christophe Zaleski-Zamenhof, Dr. Zamenhof's grandson. The history of Esperanto is the history of Europe from 1887 onwards. How can we learn the language without learning at least a little about the ...


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traveling to countries where people don't speak your native language well. generally when you travel you will meet people who speak some level of english or none at all. you can increase your chances by using couchsurfing, but even there the level of communication will vary. esperanto-speakers on the other hand almost always speak it well (because it is so ...


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Esperanto is easy to learn When you get to the point when you'll be able to understand and speak Esperanto relatively well, you'll gain confidence that it's not that difficult to learn a language, which may make you start learning some other language you always wanted to learn but we're afraid of difficulties. In several months or even weeks you'll be able ...


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