The Fall Esperanto Gathering ("ARE") will be the most beginner friendly one yet, with your help
When my wife and I went to our first Aŭtuna Renkontiĝo de Esperanto (ARE) ahem 19 years ago, we were brand new to the language and benefited from the Beginner and Intermediate classes, as well as the informal chit-chat and hands-on type learning as well.
This year, with all the excitement being generated by Duolingo, we want to make this the most beginner-friendly ARE yet. If we do, I think we can have 100 people there for the event this fall.
I know Lake George is too far for some people, but for those who would consider coming (and by the way, it's a wonderful area - see the link below) what would make this attractive to you as someone new to the language? Do you want a formal class? Do you want a beginner hour? Some people have said they're nervous. What could help you feel comfortable?
The big thing at this point is getting the word out. I've created a FB "event" for the event. Please join it (whether you're attending or just "interested") and please share the event and invite your Esperanto-speaking friends even if you can't make it yourself - but especially if you can.
Note for those who don't do Facebook - there is information about this event available off-Facebook. Please comment or at least follow this discussion, and I will post it back here when it's available.
Please comment here or on the FB event if you have thoughts about what could make this "beginner friendly."
Could you print out labels in Esperanto for everything, big and small, in the cabin and locale? The Duolingo course teaches us certain things like "televido" for television, and "seĝo" for chair"; but until I did this in my own house I could not say "kanapo" for "couch", "librobreto" for "bookshelf", etc. I think it would help us beginners make small talk.
So, let's break this down a bit.
The venue could not be described as a "cabin." I hope you can take some time to look it over online at the link above. It really is a lovely place - and certainly too big to label "everything."
If you'd like to help out with this sort of activity, it could certainly be a good one. There was also the suggestion to use this as sort of an activity -- where the participants could go around labeling things. I had the thought that more advanced speakers could be given more challenging words pre-printed and told "go find one of these."
A nice suggestion; I may come back with a few more.
I first looked (fairly hard) at Esperanto about five years ago, but now I'm coming back to find out more. I suppose that I'm still counted as "komencanto". I find the Duolingo course to be very helpful though.
Mi antauxgxuas ekkoni vin. If we (ie. you, me, and everybody reading this) can get the word out there's no reason we couldn't have multiple tracks for different levels of "newbies" -- from those who have barely completed the first checkpoint or two to those who have been dabbling for years.
"antaŭĝi"? Should it be "antaŭiĝi? I do not know this word at all. (Mi tote nek konas ĉi tian vorton, nek ĝin komprenas.) Is the compound something like:
antaŭ (before) + iĝi (suffix, to become) ≈ "to become before" ?
So your whole sentence is: "I was becoming to start to know you."? Maybe, "I was just beginning to know you"? I'm (very) slow with "la prepozicioj", but I would say:
Mi ĵus ekkonas vin, ĉar mi sekvis vin (hieraŭ).
Sorry for the confusion, but (sadly) the affixes are where I have the most trouble in Esperanto, so I have to progress (really) slowly. Dankon.
Salivanto actually wrote 'antaŭĝui' not 'antauĝi' The word literally means 'enjoy beforehand' or more loosely 'look forward to'.
Thanks for the word, because I (obviously) get lost with "x-sistemo" and completely missed the second "u". Not that it mattered because: 1. I didn't know the word, and 2. I can't find it in any of my online dictionaries.
Perhaps it should be, "antaŭĝoji"? That's the closest I can find.
I would like to clarify that I am especially interested in comments and suggestions about what would make this event attractive for you (the reader and forum participant). If you couldn't preface your comment with "I would be really tempted to come if..." or "I'm thinking of coming and what I'd really like to see is..." -- then you might think twice. I'm much more interested in what would make it attractive to the people reading this ... not what people reading this think other people might like to see.
I went to my first ARE last year and had a GREAT time. There are really well organized activities, but what I liked best were when we all were eating breakfast together, or the late night card games. I've been involved with my local Esperanto community for 3 years now, and it becomes about 50/50 Esperanto and Friendships. Also, I made a ton of new friends at ARE!
Hope to see you again this year. Don't forget to check out (and share) the FB event. :-)
I'm not even halfway through my tree, but I've subscribed, I'll be there! That gives me an objective, and I hope to meet some of you guys in real life!
I had a few questions though. Of course, if it wasn't obvious enough, it will be my first such event in Esperanto.
- How do we manage sleeping and food? Do we have to organize our own accommodation? Do we need to bring something (sleeping bag, pillow, food, etc.)?
- How is the schedule organized? Are there specific activities we need to sign up for in advance or can we show up anywhere we like with little to no notice?
- Is there a place (website, ARE Facebook event) where it is more appropriate to organize transport? I will probably have my car with 5 places available from Eastern Canada, if anyone is interested to ride-share and share gas expenses.
I put together a video that answers some of these questions. I haven't added the links to the description yet. It also is NOT meant as a promotional film about the event, but the audience is people who have more or less decided to go. Here's the link.
There is a FB event (which you found). There's also an official site -- but I'm not sure it's officially filled out with much information yet.
1 - Bedding is provided.
2 - I've requested that people who want to participate in a class to say so in advance so we can put something together. Otherwise it's mostly OK to decide on site what to do.
3 - We're transitioning to a new mailing list called ARE-anoncoj where we can do things like organise carpools. There's also a yahoo group which we are phasing out.
Great! I've seen a video, which I'm guessing is the one you've linked (I've seen it after I asked). And I've already subscribed to the ARE-anoncoj mailing list. Thanks a bunch!