https://www.duolingo.com/KimJoonHyuk

Ease of learning Esperanto

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I'm a native English speaker, fluent in Korean. I can confirm what the studies have said, that learning Esperanto is twenty times easier than some other languages (i.e. 1000 hours studying Korean = 50 hours studying Esperanto in order to reach comparable proficiency). I've been studying Esperanto (on line, and self taught, with no instructor) for just four days now. It took me at least six months of studying Korean to develop a comparable vocabulary and to understand a similar amount of the language.

I just need to find someone to practice speaking with, now!

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/cmfg42
cmfg42
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If you need practice, join the Esperanto Telegram group, it's very active: https://telegramo.org/

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ionasky
ionasky
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I completely agree, i had five years plus of french at school and in three months of learning esperanto just using duo and a few online resources I surpassed my ability in french AND actually enjoyed myself.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lucychamberlain

Ni estas esperantistoj!!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CruzImperial

I just started with it a couple days ago and I'm hooked! Very easy structure to get used to and we get to learn words from other languages too :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KimJoonHyuk
KimJoonHyuk
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Yeah, but sometimes I'm kind of slow to pick up on that. "Why the hell is THAT the Esperanto word for 'key'?!" "Oh, wait, that kind of sounds like 'schlussel' from German. Never mind."

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ontalor
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I have a bachelor's degree in Mandarin Chinese and a master's in teaching the language, and about a year of goofing around on the internet gave me an equivalent level of competency in Esperanto. It really is mind-blowing how quickly you can become proficient.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KenCollins0

A komencanto's impression: I speak or studied most of the source languages that Zamenhof used, but I"m weak in Russian. ("Ĉu" comes from Polish "czy".) Sometimes I'm reading along and Esperanto is as easy to understand as Dutch and Yiddish—I an read most Dutch and understand most Yiddish without learning them first—but then all of a sudden it is completely its own language. I am particularly amazed by the huge number of words of German origin. The grammar looks deceptively Romance because of all the Os and As, but that is inspiration, not derivation. The grammar is a gem—something completely new and better.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ontalor
Ontalor
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I'm so happy you mentioned that ĉu comes from Polish, I was wondering about that. Chinese has a particle that serves the exact same function, 吗 ma, but it's always placed at the very end of the sentence, so I had to learn to flip it around.

People sometimes say that the infixes make it sound like it'd be more confusing, but it creates a system whereby you can understand so much more, and so much more quickly.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KimJoonHyuk
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I spent about two and a half years of deep immersion learning Korean (Defense Language Institute for 16 months, two colleges in Korea for another year). To get to the point where I could read a very simple letter in Korean took probably six months. I've been diving into Esperanto for only about one week (pretty hard, admittedly, like every free moment) and I'm already at the same point that six months of Korean got me.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gesa2016
Gesa2016
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Hi Volkmann ! Mi estas nova studento en Esperanto. Bone? Kiel vi fartas? :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KimJoonHyuk
KimJoonHyuk
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Saluton! Mi estas ankaux komencanto. Mi fartas bone, sed vetero en Kataro estas tro varmega.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gesa2016
Gesa2016
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Saluton! Kion vi faras por amuzo? Kiel kio speco de muziko?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KimJoonHyuk
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Nun mi lernas esperanton por amuzo, cxar mi estas for de mia familio gxis octobro. Mi sxatas eklektikan muzikon. Ekzemple, nun mia iPad enhavas rokenrolo, k-popmuziko (Korean popmuzika), hispana muziko, ktp. Mi pensas, ke muziko estus bona estas bonan muziko.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KenCollins0

Estas tre facila lingvo, sed mi havas malfacilaĵojn kun "ili li mi ni vi ŝi ĝin" Diru tion rapide dekfoje

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KimJoonHyuk
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Ĉu? Mi pensas, ke "mi li ŝi vi ili ĝi" estas facile, sed mi havas malfacilaĵojn kun "kio kiu kie kiel kial".

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KenCollins0

Hodiaŭ mi havas novajn okulvitrojn kaj vidas ĉion duope. Ne estas facila!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nikhil3
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I, personally, won't equalize 1000 hours of Korean to 50 hours of Esperanto.

It is all about the teaching and learning strategies used.

The old school way of teaching - i.e. the teacher knows all & teaches it to their students for 2 to 4 hours a week.. can really slow down language learning.

Practically speaking learning Esperanto is 4 to 5 times easier for many.

5 days ago
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