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How does one say "It's all Greek to me" in Esperanto?
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"Ĝi estas por mi volapukaĵo." Is a great way of expressing this. "It's all Greek to me." means that something is not understandable. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_to_me Historically, Esperanto ...

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Which good and representative tests/certificates could I get to assess my Esperanto knowledge?
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On Edukado.net you can read about the KER exam that is offered. Since 2008, 1800 people have taken and succeeded in the exams at these levels: 510 at B1, 543 at B2, 746 at C1. The certificate ...

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Cursing and swearing in Esperanto
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Swear words in any language are emotionally charged and are, as you say, highly intertwined with a language's culture. Some languages use religious imagery (Sweden: "jävlar!" Québécois French: "...

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Best place to travel if you wanna speak Esperanto?
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Saluton kaj bonvenon al Esperantujo! Anywhere where you can find a Pasporta Servo host, essentially an Esperanto-speaking couchsurfing host. I have heard many good things about Brazil, Iran, France, ...

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How do you say "a (romantic) date"?
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I have certainly heard the word "amrendevuo", a simple kunmetajxo of "amo" and "rendevuo". No hits in Tekstaro, but 904 on google. One of them is a text about the novel Amburĝono by Kuroda Masayuki:...

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How many people speak Esperanto compared to other planned languages?
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Let's get started with this site on Lojban: The on-line Lojban mailing list, which constitutes the largest community of people using the language, has over 200 subscribers, with well over 20 ...

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Where do people use Esperanto?
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Where do people use Esperanto? I have personally used it to move furniture around town, steer a boat, cook, talk about the best way to get back home and avoid the rain during a bicycle tour... I ...

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What are the most common misconceptions about Esperanto?
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"Esperanto is a failure because I hadn't heard of it until you told me just now." That there are no native speakers, that there is no culture, that there are no books written in Esperanto. That you ...

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Where do I find online bookshelves with ebooks or PDFs written in Esperanto?
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http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/languages/eo You can find quite a lot of books on Project Gutenberg. And on this page: http://esperanto.us/

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Are there any good Esperanto communities for beginners?
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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 ...

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Do dialectical variations exist in Esperanto?
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Esperanto was created to have one common language that is easy to learn with as much in common as possible and as little variation as possible. That doesn't mean that people haven't enriched the ...

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How are the locations for the Universala Kongreso chosen?
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The board of the Universala Esperanto-Asocio, UEA, is the specific organization that decides where the congress takes place. They make the decision based on proposals by local/national organizations. ...

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Translation of "Let it be"
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Wikipedians have translated Let It Be as "Preterlasu". Glosbe also links to "Lasu fari." and "Tiel estu." An expression like Let It Be is poetically ambiguous and is meant to be. I think this is ...

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Kio estas "Postkongresa/Postrenkontiĝa sindromo"?
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Ho, mi ĵus spertas ĝin. Kiam oni estas ĉe renkontiĝo, oni ekkonas mojosulojn kaj havas bonan tempon. Oni parolas unu el la plej mojosaj lingvoj de la mondo. ;-) Aliuloj trovas vin inteligenta, ...

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What is the origin of the correlatives?
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The photo is from the Scienca Revuo vol. 3, nr-o. 12 (1952). Otherwise, I think they are inspired by Russian, but completely regular: "inspiritaj de la rusaj escepte regulaj korelativoj)", ...

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Where can I find Lovecraft books in Esperanto?
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I used the National Library of Austria's database to search for books by Lovecraft. It returns 0 results. The other two libraries don't seem to have any online search functions. I know that it isn't ...

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Where can I interact with other Esperanto speakers about literature?
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There is Goodreads, where the is an Esperanto group: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/10231-esperanto The discussion isn't very active, but there is a common "bookshelf" where one can see what ...

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Why should I learn Esperanto?
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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 ...

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Ĉu ekzistas libera Esperanta kurso?
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Open of Course Esperanto Course is released under a a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License. Intro to Esperanto by Rachel J. Morris is released under a Creative Commons ...

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Kio estas la diferenco inter "oferi" kaj "oferti"?
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Vortaro.net diras pri oferi: Fordoni ion valoran por la servo, utilo de io aŭ iu kun la ekzemplo, kio estas ege taŭga por via kunteksto: la urbo Bulonjo bonvole oferis gastamon (gastigon) al ...

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How did Ido influence Esperanto grammatically?
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Well, maybe not exactly grammar... Wikipedia says "Modern Esperanto has received some influence from Ido in areas such as a clarification of the rules for word derivation and suffixes like -oz- ("...

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Does Esperanto offer as many synonyms as English?
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No, there aren't as many synonyms in Esperanto as there are in English. That's one way to put it. What we shouldn't forget is that Esperanto is different from other languages. In our pride over the ...

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Is it "Gratulon!" or "Gratulojn!"?
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I think this is simply a case where Esperanto is as logical or illogical as natural languages. We say "thank you", "many thanks" in English as well and I don't know of a definite rule to guide the ...

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How do you say "root beer"?
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I'd suggest simply checking Vikipedio for concepts like these. It suggests "Radikbiero". In a compound word like this, the o just takes an -n in the accusative form: Radikbiero estas bongusta. ...

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What is the difference between the verbs "verki" and "skribi"?
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You can "verki" without being Thomas Mann. Verki simply means to create a verko. You could translate that as a work, or piece (of literature). As such, if you write a novel - during NaNoWriMo, for ...

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Is there a list of recommended reading for beginners?
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In the article start reading Esperanto literature in Chuck Smith's blog about Esperanto, literature expert Amelie Ambrus recommends Gerda Malaperis and Fajron Sentas Mi Interne to start out with and ...

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Amuzaj vortoj kaj frazoj en Esperanto
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Ekzistas tiom multe - amasojn - da amuzaj vortoj en Esperanto! Dolchamar estas amuza (la muzikgrupo). Mi trovis tiun vorton: "fi-kant-aro" /"fik-ant-aro"... Mi ege ŝatas "La kata strofo estas ...

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"Adjective + noun" or "noun + adjective"?
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Lernu explains that you can even mix adjective order and have some before and some after the noun. Lernu makes no difference between formal or informal language. Lernu klarigas tion tiel: Epitetaj ...

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Where can I find free Esperanto audiobooks?
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There is a Vikipedio listo with sonlibroj. There aren't a lot of resources, but there is a cute audiobook for kids. As well as this Chinese page with a few things.

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Who has an advantage in studying Esperanto?
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For the vocabulary it definitely helps to know a Romance or Germanic language, as that is the source of most of them. Anyone that knows a little of a lot of languages (from Greek "kaj" to Russian "...

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