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Denominations of Time Posted by on Jan 5, 2010

Esperanto has always enjoyed a remarkably intuitive number system. We use root words for the cardinal numbers 0-9, and then there are various prefixes to denote larger and larger multiples. So, where languages like Spanish have words like cuarenta for 40 [N.B. – Thank you for catching me in yet another moment of stupidity, Toraku!]…

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New Decade, New Resolutions! Posted by on Dec 28, 2009

It’s hard to believe that 2009 is winding to a close. La miljaro (millennium, literally “thousand-year”) has seen its first decade, and now we find ourselves in the thick of the 21st Century. We’re at a pretty momentous point in world history, I think, and it calls for some New Year’s Resolutions that are thorough…

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Classic Winter Toy Posted by on Dec 21, 2009

Do you have snow where you live yet? For me, winter began about two weeks ago with the first snowfall, and the snow continues to pile up all across my region of the States. Some people dislike the snow, since ili bezonos sxoveli, but I love all the fun activities that come with it. (And…

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Cookbook Vocabulary Posted by on Nov 22, 2009

Thanksgiving is drawing nearer, for all of us Usono residents. Perhaps you’ll be planning to eat many platefuls of food. Or, perhaps you’ll be the one preparing it all, or helping to prepare it! For all of you readers with a culinary bent, this entry has been made to provide you with an Esperanto vocabulary…

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How Tempting… Posted by on Nov 6, 2009

An interesting synonym for the English verb “to tempt” is the word “tantalize.” It can mean “to tease,” but it also connotes some temptation – “tantalizing” refers to something that arouses want, mostly due to that something’s unattainable nature. The word itself comes from the name of the Greek trickster-hero Tantalus, whose skills in deception…

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Some Halloween Words Posted by on Oct 23, 2009

The end of October approaches, and so too does Halloween! As your talk turns to topics of ghouls and ghosts, you might want to have some Esperanto words up your sleeve to dazzle your friends. Here’s a list of some of the more common Halloween frights you could encounter at the close of the month…Hopefully…

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Instruments in Esperanto Posted by on Sep 22, 2009

One of my neighbors will soon graduate with a degree in Music Education. Per her request, here are some words for expressing your choice of musical instrument in Esperanto! I couldn’t hope to represent an entire orchestra’s worth of instruments, but I figured I would offer you a list of some of the more common…

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