Facila Vento – easy reading in Esperanto Posted by Chuck Smith on Aug 2, 2011 in Uncategorized
I know, you’re just starting to learn Esperanto or perhaps you know someone else just getting started. There’s a ton of stuff to read online, but it all feels a bit too difficult. Facila Vento is a new site producing new easy-to-read Esperanto texts to help beginners get comfortable in the language. The name “facila vento” comes from the first verse of the Esperanto anthem La Espero En la mondon venis nova sento, tra la mondo iras forta voko; per flugiloj de facila vento nun de loko flugu ĝi al loko. (Into the world came a new feeling, through the world goes a powerful call; by means of wings of a gentle wind now let it fly from place to place.) In other words, Esperanto came and spread around the world like a gentle wind.
Facila Vento has text ranging from stories to news and also about the Esperanto movement. Most of these are also accompanied by spoken text read slowly, so that beginners can easily understand them. For example, I’ve already read and listened to stories there about a senpaga vendejo (free store), a story of a Brit who thought she could speak Danish well until she worked with children in a day care center and a story about La ĉokolada kuketo (the small chocolate cake).
All content on the site only uses the 700 most frequently used Esperanto root words as agreed upon in the Baza Radikaro Oficiala by the Akademio de Esperanto. Some texts are originally written for Facila Vento while others are made easier from already existing texts. When they are made easier, links are given to the original when possible, so that readers can also try their hand at reading the ordinarily difficult text with the help of already knowing the story.
Here is an excerpt from the story about free stores:
En tiuj vendejoj oni povas kunpreni ĉiujn eblajn objektojn, kiel ekzemple vestojn, librojn, ludo-objektojn, radiojn aŭ ilojn. Oni ankaŭ povas alporti objektojn, kiuj ankoraŭ estas uzeblaj. La homoj, kiuj kreis tiujn vendejojn laboras sen ricevi pagon. Kompreneble tia komerco ne povas ekzisti sen mono. Oni devas pagi por la uzo de la loko kaj por la elektro. Do, la “aĉetantoj” helpas per malgrandaj donacoj.
This project consists of a team of 16 editors and 6 people to handle the technical side. Their goal was to help beginners to not be frustrated reading Esperanto. This way more people can already start reading while they’re still beginners and still very enthusiastic about the language. To help you stay interested, you can sign up to receive a new story each week. This helps you regularly practice the language, so it doesn’t just fall by the wayside amongst all the daily tasks. What do you think of Facila Vento?
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