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Plants and Animal Names in Esperanto Posted by on Sep 11, 2017

An American robin with a cranberry

Lions and Tigers and Bears Esperanto is an international language. That means it’s usually pretty easy to talk about concepts that are basically international. Anywhere you go, it’s safe to assume that people will be familiar with certain plants and animals, so we really don’t hesitate over words for animals like leono (lion), tigro (tiger),…

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Get out there and speak! (Part 2) Posted by on Aug 14, 2017

Speaking is essential to learning In last month’sย blog post, we talked about how important it is to speak a language to learn it. There are advantages to many of the new methods of online learning, but so many of the new tools neglect the speaking portion. To really flower, you’ve got to take charge of…

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Get out there and speak! (Part 1) Posted by on Jul 24, 2017

Esperanto speakers meet for lunch

Speaking is learning The Esperanto word for tongueย is lango. The overlap of the first four letters (lang) with the word languageย is not a coincidence. Language is first and foremost a spoken phenomenon. Human beings have been using their tongues to speak for at least tens of thousands of years, while written language arose only a…

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Improving your Esperanto pronunciation – vowels Posted by on Jun 12, 2017

All the vowels with Y on the side

How many vowels are there, really? When we (English speakers) learn about vowels in school, we learn that there are five vowels – A E I O U (and sometimes Y). In fact, depending on the dialect, English has 15-20 vowel sounds. This can make learning English pronunciation difficult to learn without a native teacher.…

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Esperanto fun with Etymology Posted by on May 8, 2017

Knowing where words some from help us understand. What English words do these words look like?

Etymology is the study of word origins. Looking at where words come from can help us learn Esperanto, and learning Esperanto can help us understand where words come from. By special request, we’re going to be looking at some word origins. This will help you pick up some Esperanto vocabulary. It will also help you…

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