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

Tomaso kaj Logano diskutas la vokalojn

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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A deeper look at Mem and Si – Esperanto words for self part 2 Posted by on Feb 19, 2018

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In January, we took a look at mem and si – two words that are often misused. This month, by request, we take a closer look at some trickier cases. Me and my big mouth At the end of last month’s blog post I quipped that we could probably do an entire post on the use…

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I Myself See Myself – mem kaj si – The Two “selfs” in Esperanto Posted by on Jan 15, 2018

Reflexive - Mi povas vidi min - Image credit: Stig Andersen on Flikr

There are two concepts in Esperanto which new learners often mix up – not because they are all that similar to each other – but because they both translate approximately to “himself” (herself, themselves, et cetera.) These are the particle mem and the reflexive pronoun si. Mem-o to myself It’s all for emphasis Of these…

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Je – The Esperanto Wildcard Preposition Posted by on Dec 11, 2017

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Ĵokera Prepozicio? Continuing our series on Esperanto prepositions, this month we’re going to take a closer look at the preposition je. This is often described as a “wildcard”, but it’s not always clear to new learners exactly what is meant by this. One thing for sure is that it cannot “take the place of any…

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