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Learning Languages Through Esperanto Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Uncategorized

Guest post by Judith Meyer, who normally blogs at learnlangs.com and currently crowdfunds a language course on Indiegogo.

For many, Esperanto is an entry drug for language-learning. It’s so fun and easy and eventually you want the harder stuff. Most Esperanto speakers love learning languages, so it’s no surprise that there are some language-learning resources catering to Esperanto speakers.

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The best are probably www.deutsch.info (to learn German) and www.slovake.eu (to learn Slovak), because these are professionally-developed courses financed by the European Union, which are available in Esperanto and also other languages. The reason they are in Esperanto is because the group who created them, E@I, uses Esperanto as their working language. They are the ones behind
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Another well-designed language course with Esperanto as the base language is CRI Everyday Chinese. CRI, the PRC’s national radio, also fresh news every day in Esperanto.

Have you heard of Toki Pona? It’s a philosophical experiment, reducing a language to the bare minimum vocabulary and seeing how people will express themselves then. If you want to learn this artificial language, which is actually spoken by several Esperanto speakers I know, you can do so in Esperanto at Tokipona.info .

Many amateurs like you and me have created video lessons for their languages on Youtube. There’s German, Russian, Swahili (my own), Vietnamese, and even Kadazan, an obscure language from Malaysia.

For your next trip abroad, consult one of the many Travel Phrasebooks. This link leads to an Afrikaans phrasebook, but look for the link saying „Montri aliajn versiojn de ĉi tiu rimedo“ at the top in order to choose one of nearly 40 different languages.

If you’re looking for a dictionary between Esperanto and other languages, try the Reta Vortaro. Lernu’s in-built dictionary can also be good, depending on the language you’re looking for.

Are you looking for a language exchange or want to ask a language-related question in Esperanto? Lingva Interŝanĝo per Esperanto is the place to go. Questions about Esperanto are better directed to the Lingva Konsultejo. Specifically for Chinese there is Mandarena Lernado, a place that brings together Chinese native speakers who want to learn Esperanto and Esperanto speakers who want to learn Mandarin Chinese.

I am currently also working on a Mandarin Chinese course, though its initial version won’t be available in Esperanto. It’s a completely new way to study languages, so check it out. And further good news: the Esperanto Association of Britain will support me in developing a similar course for Esperanto, so if you are not yet fluent in Esperanto, you will soon have yet another way to learn it.

Good luck with your studies!

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About the Author:Chuck Smith

I was born in the US, but Esperanto has led me all over the world. I started teaching myself Esperanto on a whim in 2001, not knowing how it would change my life. The timing couldn’t have been better; around that same time I discovered Wikipedia in it’s very early stages and launched the Esperanto version. When I decided to backpack through Europe, I found Esperanto speakers to host me. These connections led me to the Esperanto Youth Organization in Rotterdam, where I worked for a year, using Esperanto as my primary language. Though in recent years I’ve moved on to other endeavors like iOS development, I remain deeply engrained in the Esperanto community, and love keeping you informed of the latest news. The best thing that came from learning Esperanto has been the opportunity to connect with fellow speakers around the globe, so feel free to join in the conversation with a comment! I am now the founder and CTO of the social app Amikumu.


Comments:

  1. Mike Jones:

    Per Esperanto: Enciklopedia Vortaro de la Merk-Angla

    Esperanto estas la interfaca lingvo de la vortaro. Jen la adreso:

    http://prof-vortaro-de-la-merk-angla.weebly.com/

    Ĉi tiu vortaro – ankoraŭ konstruata – prezentas ankaŭ tujan tradukon de ŝablonaj vortgrupoj, ekzemple:

    “on-the-job training” = “dumdeĵora trejnado” (ekz., “I didn’t know how to cook, but I was hired for my gung-ho spirit and they gave me on-the-job training.”)

    pvi.

    Afable,
    Mike JONES
    mkj1887@gmail.com
    http://www.public-domain-materials.com