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A thing that might be fun...?

Here's an idea I thought of while lying in bed last night.

I think it'd be fun for the Esperanto community to create an Esperanto book together. As far as I know, Earth is seriously lacking in reading material in this language. First we'd write a picture book, and possibly illustrate it(alternatively if we wanted to shoot high we could try a chapter book). Then, we'd translate it. We wouldn't have to stop at Esperanto, if things went well at this point, Spanish, German, etc. could also be included.

There, that's my idea. I thought it'd be a nice together thing to do, which is what Esperanto is all about, right? Feel free to leave a comment: Like the idea? Think it's doomed to fail? Want to help? Thanks for reading :D

Edit: oh! There're quite a few books in Esperanto already. Even still, it could be fun.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Holli67
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There's a lot to read in Esperanto. EsperantoLand alone lists 778 booktitles. Check it out. (The header is in German, but the description of the books is in Esperanto). Peace on you!

http://www.esperantoland.org/de/libroj/index.php?rubriko=Gesamtlistemendo=kvanto=

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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I have more Esperanto books - physical books - than I will ever read. What Esperanujo needs is more great books.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Me_Tarzan

An adventure story that takes place in the forgotten land of Esperon where Zamenof was actually from. Hidden for centuries in deep Siberia, with advanced cities and beautiful countryside full of natural resources where the mammoth and giant Sabertooth still roam, along with some animals the rest of the world has never heard of.

A group of scientists who are studying an old asteroid impact site stumble upon it one day, one of them after having studied Esperanto on duolingo can communicate with the people fairly easily. At first they are very excited about their discovery and can't wait for the rest of the world to find out about it and take advantage of the advanced technologies.

Meanwhile, as the rest of them are enjoying the various towns and their wonders, one of the group, having been separated from the rest earlier after being arrested manages to corrupt the minds of some of the Esperons and build a small army. Using the technology, and taking advantage of the peaceful nature of the Esperon, he plans on taking over the land and stealing it's resources. The rest of them stop him in a big battle that causes quite a bit of damage and discover that the world isn't ready to know about the existence of Esperon.

The asteroid impact thousands of years ago left behind deposits of some alien element in the mountains. Now there is a fast growing crystal found in the caves that is harvested by cave dwelling Esperons. The crystal, because of its color is said to have a rainbow trapped inside. It is said that it gives the Esperons their great strength and health but that's not really true. What it does do though is when worn on the head is give its wearers sense of togetherness and intimacy. They can feel each others emotions because certain brainwaves are in resonance with the crystal. But the bad guy finds out he can use it for mind control, luckily one of the good guys is able to defeat him and his army when he finds out that mountain dwelling Esperons have been using it to communicate with some of the domesticated mammoths when the mammoths help them in their work. The mammoths and sabertooths are more than happy to help defeat the bad guy's army and keep the land safe.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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As a learning exercise, this is a great idea. As a way to produce good books, I am not convinced. It takes talent and expertise to produce good translations.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ThatOneDoge

Oh, for sure. Really, my goal in this, if it happens, is to have something for the community here to do. I doubt that anything we write and translate would be flawless, but hey, anything's possible xD

2 years ago

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While I can think of a few good ideas to get the ball rolling on some creative fiction, I think that we need to focus on technical manuals, educational materials (basic at first), and anything else that will help somebody to put food on the table.

You wouldn't even have to be all that fluent in any language to read or translate a simple set of instructions, you'd just need to know the relevant imperative (do X), infinitive (to do X), and the present tense verbs (X does), and whatever nouns and numbers.

Edit: And we all know how much easier it is to spot those in Esperanto ;)

2 years ago