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Best intro to Esperanto book for a Middle Schooler?

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Hi everyone,

I'm looking for recommendations for an Esperanto book. I want to donate it to my school's library, since we have a few aspiring linguists. Most of these students are my Latin students, so a book that teaches grammar with short readings would be ideal. What do you guys think?

April 6, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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Esperanto: Learning and Using The International Language

This book has three sections. First, is a section in English about Esperanto. Second is a series of lessons that serve as an introduction to vocabulary and grammar. Third is a glossed reader of actual Esperanto texts "from the wild" -- which let the learner get immersed in reading and continue to learn vocabulary.

What I like about this book is that it really is self contained. A student could read the intro and decide if s/he wants to learn the language. Then, the reader is geared toward students who have finished the lessons from the middle of the book, so the level is made to be appropriate. It's also a well-made book, which is occasionally a concern with Esperanto publications.

April 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/MauriceReeves
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This is the book my sixth-grade son and I are using. I really like this one. The only thing to look out for is there is that cartoon towards the end with the naked lady in it. ;-)

April 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Ponola
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I KNOW RIGHT! I was flipping through the pages when I came across the little lady. I was thinking after a while, "I am comfortable with the naked body being viewed in an educational setting, but does she HAVE to look like she came out the back of a seedy shop?" And the guys in the back of the picture have these concerned faces. XD

April 7, 2016

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The shocked expressions are not over the uncomfortable situation of being shown a naked diagram in class with your teacher looking on, but rather over the content of what the teacher is saying. For sure the teacher could find a dictionary to back up what he is saying, but current majority usage (and several other dictionaries) would disagree.

A third way of looking at this was presented in Evildea's video where he cradles his cat. In the comments, however, he says he was speaking off the cuff and got it wrong, and in fact he agrees with what I am calling "current majority usage and several other dictionaries."

Bottom line, once you stop looking at the cartoon, keep in mind that you'll see the terms gambo and kruro used in different ways y different speakers, and not necessarily the way it's presented in the lesson there.

April 7, 2016

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Oh! I wouldn't have caught that. (I've never actually been through all the lessons in the book.) The girls seem okay with it though.

April 17, 2016

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I know the picture you're talking about. I've seen it in more than one book too. In one of them, the editors drew a bikini on the diagram. I can imagine it generating more than a few giggles in middle school - although I think most kids today could find a lot more giggles on their friend's smart phone.

April 7, 2016

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I don't have a problem with the picture or the subject matter either, just putting that warning out because while most rational calm people wouldn't be bothered, school boards are rarely rational, and there's always that one parent who would be offended.

That's why I brought it up.

April 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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But the teacher in the cartoon is wrong.

April 8, 2016

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The new version of Teach Yourself Esperanto if it ever comes out. However, the old version is quite usable. I learned Esperanto from it when I was in 10th grade, while taking Latin 2. (Too long ago to mention.) I have both Aŭtodidakte and Richardson and they are both quite good. I have used each of them as texts for E-o classes. I also really like Step by Step in Esperanto because of the constant stream of silly jokes in Esperanto, but it has a UK flavor and a decades-old style. Espereble ĉi tio helpas.

April 6, 2016

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Saluton: Esperanto Aŭtodidakte

Thinking along the lines of books for young Latin students who are already convinced that they want to learn Esperanto, I thought of this book. It's entirely in Esperanto but manages to introduce concepts in an intuitive way.

I couldn't find my copy (perhaps I lent it to someone) but I found this video of someone flipping through it while explaining the method (in French.)

https://youtu.be/so7G1ZCH0Ck

April 6, 2016

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I've forgotten what grades you teach, but I may have some books of interest in my personal collection.

Peter Jameson's Secret Language (I think I have a new, spare copy). This is a work of fiction in English aimed at young readers (maybe 11 years old) with the intention of getting them interested in Esperanto. It's a nice story and a kid can pick up some very basic concepts from it. (Edit: I see you said middle school -- your kids might be too old for this book.)

Esperanto-English dictionary -- by "Fulcher and Long" I think (maybe I spelled it wrong.) I don't remember where I got it, but it's wrapped up - which I figure means it's in new condition and I was saving it for the right new person.

Esperanto (the green book - I forgot the subtitle.) I'm down to a few copies of this. It's a big book and a good-looking volume, although the typesetting is amateurish in places. It's meant to be a state of the art of Esperanto publishing ... and is current to the late 80's or early 90's. It's been a while since I've read through it, but I recall it's a mix of English and Esperanto and on a whole range of topics. I would love to see this one in your library (perhaps along with the book by Richardson ("Learning and Using")

April 6, 2016

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Esperanto in the Modern World? (joking)

April 6, 2016

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Actually, that's it. Looks like "new" copies on Amazon start at $60. "New" is in quotes because it's from 1982. Any "new" copies available now will be like mine -- carefully stored at the back of my book case, and unflipped-through.

April 6, 2016
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