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If you only remember two things from your basic Esperanto class Posted by on Jul 16, 2018

five vowels - image courtesy of Esperanto Variety Show

Basic Esperanto Class As I write this, I’m just back from two weeks of teaching at the North American Summer Esperanto Institute (In Esperanto: NASK – short for Nord-Amerika Somera Kursaro). On the last day, I told my students that if they only remember two things from our time together, let it be these two.…

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Where are you from? Are you one of us? De vs El Posted by on Jun 25, 2018

Where are you from? Gulls image from

A big thanks to my student Ŝano for this question. When do you use el and when do you use de? De vs El — different kinds of “from” in Esperanto Prepositions are very much the heart of a language. To master a language, it is essential to know both how to use them and…

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Esperanto Adjectives – Love ’em, don’t leave ’em Posted by on May 31, 2018

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What’s the best method for describing things in Esperanto? All languages need a way to describe things. Is it big, small, fast, good, bad? These words are called adjectives. In Esperanto, adjectives end in –a. If you want to describe something in Esperanto, look for a word that ends in -a: granda – big malgranda –…

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Two pitfalls for three Esperanto tenses Posted by on Apr 23, 2018

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In Esperanto the vowels tell time When expressing ideas in a new language, you’re going to want to be able to indicate when something happened. This is called “tense.” Esperanto has three tenses – present, past, and future. This sounds pretty simple, but there are a few pitfalls to avoid. If you’re just starting out with…

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Sinprezento or Memprezento? Self-as-prefix in Esperanto Posted by on Mar 19, 2018

Is introduction a sinprezento or a memprezento? Photo credit SamLitvin on Flickr

Just when I thought that I had said everything I could say about si and mem – the two words for “self” in Esperanto, a question came in about using sin– and mem– as prefixes. As a result, we’re continuing the series. This is the third part (see also: part 1 and part 2). Sinprezento or…

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