Friday, September 25, 2009

Learning Esperanto; The International Language

We're learning Esperanto in our homeschooling co-op.  It's fun!  The following is from the booklet we received:

"Esperanto, the international language, is a language developed to make it easier for people of different cultures to communicate.  It is now spoken by at least 8.5 million people, in over 100 countries. Esperanto (a planned language) is specifically intended for international/intercultural use, so those who use it meet each other on an equal footing, since neither is using his or her native language." Its simple, logical, regular design makes it easy and fairly quick to learn.

To sign up for the free on-line course and be assigned a personal tutor go here:  http://pacujo.net/esperanto/course

Upon completion of the first 10 lessons you will receive a "Certificate of Completion" which in most areas  will count for a student's basic language requirements for school graduation. 

3 comments:

Bill Chapman said...

Best wishes in your study of Esperanto.

Esperanto works! I've used it in speech and writing in about fifteen countries over recent years.

Indeed, the language has some remarkable practical benefits. Personally, I've made friends around the world through Esperanto that I would never have been able to communicate with otherwise. And then there's the Pasporta Servo, which provides free lodging and local information to Esperanto-speaking travellers in over 90 countries. Over recent years I have had guided tours of Berlin, Douala and Milan in the planned language. I have discussed philosophy with a Slovene poet, humour on television with a Bulgarian TV producer. I've discussed what life was like in East Berlin before the wall came down, how to cook perfect spaghetti, the advantages and disadvantages of monarchy, and so on.

I recommend it, not just as an interesting language to learn but as a very practical way to overcome language barriers.

Miĉjo said...

Bonega iniciativo! (Great initiative!)

I've also had lots of fun with Esperanto, through the friends I've met and the fascinating nature of the language itself.

A couple of other places you can find good courses are Kurso de Esperanto, a free downloadable multimedia course based on the 10-lesson course, and Lernu.net, which has several free online courses of varying levels plus other invaluable resources for the budding Esperantist (dictionary, grammar, etc.).

Plej bonan ŝancon! (Best of luck!)

Simplify Heart and Home said...

Thank you both! Excellent information!