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Joining an Esperanto association

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Saluton! I was thinking of joining an Esperanto association because it seemed like fun idea, but I'm not exactly how to go about the process. Should I join the Universala Esperanto-Asocio or should I join Esperanto-USA, my national organization? How about both? What do I need to do to join a youth organization?

Dankon!

(I've restarted my tree and I'm hoping I'll get through it this time, just in case you wanted a follow up to my last post.)

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/pdorcas
pdorcas
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You can join both Esperanto-USA and UEA in one step, if you wish. Go to http://esperanto-usa.org/ then click on Join E-USA. On that menu, click on Purchase Membership. Then you will find yourself in the "Retbutiko", the online store of Esperanto-USA. There is some neat information there, and you can see in the left column a link for UEA also.
As the head honcho for local groups, I also recommend that you look into a local group in your area. Where are you located? You can actually help us. We need you to look for your local group on our E-USA website, and see if your area is represented there, and whether it is represented with good contact information. This will be a huge help. We are becoming more and more connected!
To find a local group in your area, go to http://esperanto-usa.org/ and click in the top menu on "Groups" then click on "find a group." Go to your state and see what information is there. Try to contact the representative for the local group, and then PLEASE LET ME KNOW: 1. If you succeed, we will know that that city or area has a good contact. 2. If there is information which does not work (broken link, or person /club is no longer the correct contact point). 3. If there is no information available for your city, I will try to find club information, or find a volunteer to be the contact point for that city or region. I will try to find out information about USEJ and post it here. (Usono Esperantista Junularo) (?) Thank you very much for doing this!! And thank you for your questions.

<pre> Do you have other questions? </pre>

Phil Dorcas ("Filipo") Commissioner for local groups, Esperanto-USA. Fort Worth, Texas Email to: filipo@grupoj.org Or message on Facebook: Phil Dorcas

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lea8D
Lea8D
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It seems that most of the Esperanto organizations I see mentioned are for "youth" and exclude >30yo folks. Not very friendly.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pdorcas
pdorcas
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We have been trying to get young people into our club for quite a while. We have a few younger folks now, probably under 40, but most of us are easily over 55. I'm 70, and might not be the oldest. Actually, now I remember we have an 88 year old, who just moved out of our area now, probably less than a 2 hour drive away. We are learning how to attract the younger folks.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lea8D
Lea8D
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That's good. Are there any online chats or a way to practice conversing for people who don't have a local group?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pdorcas
pdorcas
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I'll find out and let you know here. Plus.. Are you in the USA? I'm trying get groups to form up in places where we don't have any. - filipo

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lea8D
Lea8D
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I'm in Kansas. I saw there is a group in KC but that is too far for regular travel. Seems like with so many people studying/using Esperanto there would be some kind of online voice chat but I haven't found anything in searches. Even a text chat would be helpful.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo
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Similarly for the local group in Hamburg - mostly older people, though a couple of younger ones.

Younger people seem to prefer networking over the Internet rather than necessarily face-to-face with local groups.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MickeytheGreat
MickeytheGreat
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I live near LA. The emails I sent to them did not go through for some reason and I don't really know what to do :P

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/blrquni

Mickey - I am in LA and would love to start something up! If you get this pls email me: beloveorr@hotmail.com

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Silvio_Kurtiso

In case anyone's still reading this thread - there is an Esperanto group in Los Angeles, which I'm part of (Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/groups/105487243230049/) and another in Irvine.

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ketabi
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I've reached out to that page. My wife and I are looking for an Esperanto club.

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pdorcas
pdorcas
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I know there is activity in and around Los Angeles. I'll send them some emails and check it out. Thank you for the info.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pdorcas
pdorcas
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I have communicated with a number of people in the Los Angeles and surrounding areas, and have made several updates to the webpage for local groups in the USA.

http://esperanto-usa.org/en/content/southwest

Hope this helps. It is a great help to be in contact with other speakers and learners.
If you live in the Los Angeles area, be sure to get in contact with each other.

If you live in the USA but not in Los Angeles, you can still check out the local groups page to try to find somebody in your area.

Phil Dorcas, ("Filipo") a local groups guy for Esperanto-USA filipo@grupoj.org

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rapn21
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I'd say join both. If you are under 30, then joining UEA automatically makes you a member of TEJO, the main youth organisation.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/22gulls
22gulls
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Is Esperanto a mix of languages, just like English? Cause I recognize some French words.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo
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Most words in Esperanto were taken from European languages, especially French, but also English (e.g. birdo "bird"), German (e.g. hundo "Hund (dog)"), Polish (e.g. pilko "piłka (ball)"), Russian (e.g. krom "кроме (except)"), Greek (e.g. kaj "και (and)"), and Latin (e.g. jam "iam (already)").

Or at least, most basic roots - many words were also created in Esperanto out of other components of the language rather than borrowing a word for the complete meaning.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rhythmixed
rhythmixed
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Esperanto is a constructed language, created by L.L. Zamenhof in 1887. He designed it to be easy to learn (I can testify that it is very easy. I love it!) and he also had a vision of it becoming an intermediary language between different peoples. It's a wonderful idea, and thanks to the internet, it's becoming more widespread. It's a great language to learn if you're new to learning languages. In one study, it was found that children who learned one year of Esperanto then one year of French had a better grasp of French compared to children who learned two years of French.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/22gulls
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Thanks both of you. I really enjoy learning Esperanto.

2 years ago