https://www.duolingo.com/gR3B3L

Big day for the easiest language to learn

Today is Zamenhoff day for the Esperanto speaking community.

We are having an internet campaign today "#EsperantoLives" to raise awareness of our easy to learn language. You can find the videos on twitter and other social media sites.

You can learn it here on duolingo for free and studies and posts in the Esperanto forum seem to show it will help you to learn any other language you choose.

Just one example from the Esperanto page on Wikipedia:

Grin Report, page 81 "Thus Flochon (2000: 109) notes that 'the Institute of Cybernetic Education of Paderborn (Germany) has compared the learning times of several groups of French-speaking baccalauréat students to reach an equivalent "standard" level in four different languages: Esperanto, English, German and Italian. The results are as follows: to reach this level, 2000 hours of German study produce a linguistic level equivalent to 1500 hours of English study, 1000 hours of Italian study and … 150 hours of Esperanto study.' No comment." Other estimates scattered in the literature confirm faster achievement in target language skills in Esperanto than in all the other languages with which the comparison has been made (Ministry of Education [Italy], 1995) as well as propaedeutic benefits of Esperanto (Corsetti and La Torre, 1995)."

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Shadowmere360
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I just decided to learn Esperanto an hour ago. I did three skills on here and I'm hooked. It's so easy! Grande becomes malgrande. I'm already starting to read things. I'm good with vocabulary so I really like this language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/italianboy96
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Welcome to the Esperanto community mi amico!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Shadowmere360
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Dankon! I'm really liking this language :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/italianboy96
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Aren't we all? XD How far have you come so far? How long have you been learning?

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https://www.duolingo.com/Shadowmere360
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Thanks, I am good with vocab in languages. So Esperanto should be easy for me to pick up :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shadowmere360
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I have been learning for three hours. Mi lernas esperanton poloj kaj germanan

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Criculann
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Just a little correction: Mi lernas Esperanton, la polan kaj la germanan. With languages except for Esperanto you always use the article with the adjective because it's shorthand for "la germana lingvo". Esperanto is often capitalized but you don't have to. Anyway, amazing job in just three hours! Good luck with your studies!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/italianboy96
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Dang! You know quite a lot for a 3 hour Esperantist!

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https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo
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There is no "la" before Esperanto, because it's a proper name. No language can be perfectly regular, not even Esperanto. ;)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Shadowmere360
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But why is there la before germanan and not Esperanto?

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https://www.duolingo.com/Shadowmere360
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Thank you :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jirka92122
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La esperanta lingvo doesn't make sense because Esperanto doesn't belong to anyone by design. La pola lingvo and la germana lingvo make sense because they belong to the Poles and the Germans respectively, but you cannot refer to Esperanto as the language of this or that nationality so it needs a proper name. So I don't agree it is really an irregularity :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/PfifltriggPi
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I know, right? It just makes so much sense! I love it, because I can reason my way into things that are actually correct, and I do not say or write something simply to be told that I misused an irregular something or another.

<h1>EsperantoLives</h1>
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https://www.duolingo.com/Shadowmere360
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Yes exactly and irregularities are what makes language learning take so much time. I'm finding this language so easy, and because I can remember vocab easy, I think I can learn it very fast :D I also like the way I don't have to use 'a' like 'a house' and past present and future are so easy, you just change one letter. I'm so excited to learn this language :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PfifltriggPi
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I wholeheartedly agree.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Shadowmere360
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at level 11, are you finished your tree?

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https://www.duolingo.com/PfifltriggPi
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Almost

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https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo
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I made a playlist with all the #EsperantoLives videos here: http://bit.ly/1I6gyjd

The day is just beginning here in Europe and we already have 54 (!) videos!! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gR3B3L

WooHoo! The community is rocking it!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cymelo
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You could add this video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKviII1z6yc

EsperantoLives for Hebrew speakers.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JanjoPacejo

Wow - I am amazed at the number of videos! Now to watch them all! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Alexander_Dean

I've made a blog post to promote Esperanto today. Would appreciate any reads, comments and shares. Thanks. http://wp.me/p72muU-p

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rowne
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That was a really interesting post, thanks for sharing!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kittyree

I am starting to learn it!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Evildea

Ĉi tiu fadeno plaĉas al Evildea

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https://www.duolingo.com/gR3B3L

Dankojn nia diego (did I get that right?)

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https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo
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Dankon, nia dio! :-D

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https://www.duolingo.com/jirka92122
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Eble dieto, li ne estas tiom granda. Sed kia estas la dieto de nia dieto?

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https://www.duolingo.com/Evildea

Evildea ŝatas akrajn manĝaĵojn; araneojn, kapsikojn, kaj vasabion :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Evildea

Jes tio ĝustas :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/gamehelp16

Saluton tie!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Evildea

Saluton! :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/tiny2004

cool

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https://www.duolingo.com/melunadiviner

sweet

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https://www.duolingo.com/KyledelPue
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Mi esperas mi podexas paroli la belan lingvon de Esperanton bone. Mi estas komencanto.

Has anybody's family members, friends, etc. at least heard of Esperanto here? Has anybody bumped into another Esperanto speaker or learner in person? I can say that I haven't.

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https://www.duolingo.com/csi
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My parents are/were Esperantists (my dad is gone now, my mom still speaks it). My aunt is fluent as well, and her son is trying to learn it now too.

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Now THAT is really cool! :)

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:)

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https://www.duolingo.com/kdscavella
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I am teaching this language to my future child its settled.

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https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo
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I once ran into one randomly in Rio. I was with a bunch of Esperanto speakers from Europe and someone had an Esperanto t-shirt on and a local walked up to us and asked "Esperantistoj?" and I said, "Jes." and found out he was a completely fluent speaker. He was free for the afternoon, so he personally showed us around the most important sites of Rio. It was soooo cool! :-D

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https://www.duolingo.com/csi
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That is really cool!

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https://www.duolingo.com/JanjoPacejo

My family hadn't heard of Esperanto until I brought it up. (My husband and I are both learning the language). I've met many speakers of the language, but haven't bumped into anyone on the street speaking the language yet.

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https://www.duolingo.com/gR3B3L

No I haven't. But as far as I know I also haven't bumped into anyone that speaks Ukranian or Norwegian (Bokmal).

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https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete
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But you would if you went to the Ukraine or Norway!

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https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo
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You also would if you went to an Esperanto meeting. :-D

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https://www.duolingo.com/JanjoPacejo

True! I've been speaking/learning since May and I have met about 65 speakers in person (most fluent in Esperanto). My husband and I also recently stayed at a hotel run by an esperantist.

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https://www.duolingo.com/gR3B3L

We can go to Esperanto-land but we are such a minority that even there we have to make the effort to find each other. At least in some parts of Esperanto-land we outnumber the local Ukrainian and Norwegian population.

Esperanto-land is a big spherical place bordered by earth on one side and space on the other ;-)

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