https://www.duolingo.com/rhythmixed

Finding my way back to Esperanto...

rhythmixed
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... for the fourth time. I had started learning Esperanto on Lernu two years ago (that's when I started becoming active on Duolingo as well. I can't believe it's been two years!) and I fell in love with it. I was a huge advocate for creating a Duolingo Esperanto course, even reaching out to Esperanto-USA, the American Esperanto association, to see if there was something they could do to facilitate the course. When the course finally came out, I had lost interest in Esperanto, but decided to try out the course anyways, hoping to rekindle my love for Esperanto. I got about half way through the tree in a week, but then, for a reason I do not remember, I stopped doing lessons and eventually deleted my progress because I don't really like it when languages "take up space" when I'm not learning them any more. I tried to start the course again a couple of times, and tried to go back to Lernu to see if that would be more engaging for me. It wasn't. I've continued to be separate from the Esperanto community since then, and haven't really associated with the language much anymore. Today I decided to pick it up again because I was bored and found that I was moving through things pretty quickly. Hopefully I'll stay this time.

Any tips for a lack in motivation?

Thank you!

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/psimpson1
psimpson1
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I guess the only thing that's worked for me is making myself do at least one lesson every day in each language I'm learning. I find that the actual lack of motivation period is short, the longer part of it is not wanting to jump back in because I fear I won't know as much as I used to or I will have forgotten everything. But that's just me. I wish you good luck with your relearning of Esperanto!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GrandaUrso

My biggest motivator is speaking with people that speak Esperanto. I enjoy it so much, both on these forums and on twitter. I made a twitter account in which I only tweet in Esperanto and I met some cool people =)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Abeneezer

Yup, this is really important! Are you in the Telegram group too?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GrandaUrso

Im not sure what that is :0

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Abeneezer

It's an message app with an esperanto chatroom (babilejo). You need to use a phone number to make and account, but then you can use it in the browser or in a native program. Use this link: https://telegram.me/joinchat/AkaBfzvfqSKs_M-crL-1Uw

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OnesimusUnbound

If you're learning a lot of languages aside from Esperanto, it will confuse you. I suggest you either (1) complete the tree of the languages you're learning and reach to the point you can breeze through the languages, or (2) focus first on Esperanto. For me, I can only tackle new language once I'm comfortable with other languages that I won't mix them up.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rhythmixed
rhythmixed
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That's something that's always concerned me. I'm taking German in school, so I'm never worried about losing my German. I'd like to pick up Dutch again, but now I feel as if I should just focus on Esperanto and get the tree done.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FranzEbersburg

My biggest motivator is speaking with my children ekde la naskiĝo. Nun ili jam studas kaj ni havas dulingvan familion (germana – Esperanto).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Evildea

Bonege!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo
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Why do you want to learn Esperanto?

The answer to that is different for everyone.

If the answer is "just because"... that's not really a reason. And your motivation may eventually go away.

But that's not a problem! Spanish is not going to disappear if you decide not to learn Spanish, nor will Esperanto if you decide to stop learning Esperanto. You don't have to learn Esperanto.

If you have friends that you speak Esperanto with, that's a good motivation. If you want to read Esperanto literature, that can be as well.

But if you have no particular reason to learn Esperanto, don't beat yourself up about it! Saying "I had fun with you but now our little relationship is over" is just fine as well. Esperanto won't bear a grudge against you :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/zubiz
zubiz
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If the answer is "just because"... that's not really a reason. And your motivation may eventually go away.

Just for the sake of discussion. I didn't even say "just because", I had absolutely zero intention to learn it. Really, I never wanted to learn it. I just started the duo course to see what it is, then simply couldn't stop. I still don't have a valid reason other than I enjoy it, but this proved to be enough to keep myself going.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GrandaUrso

I think I started it because I'd heard about it from Incubus and I thought it might be amusing to learn it. Boy did I get sucked in...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ron103257
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I would say find a local club. Go to the Esperanto-USA.org website and look in their group locator. Make new friends who also love the Esperanto Language.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FranzEbersburg

uea.org/kongresoj I will participate with my family! Walter

2 years ago
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