Scope of Esperanto Covered in Duolingo?
I started learning Esperanto on Duolingo three weeks ago. It's been fun so far and I'm enjoying the the journey (I'm halfway through the tree). I am in no hurry to be fluent and am taking my time regularly studying little by little everyday.
That said, how much Esperanto can I expect to know once I finish the tree? i.e. Does the tree cover all Esperanto grammatical rules? Will I be able to read elementary Esperanto books with the aid of a dictionary?
Will Duolingo expand on the tree or create a "part 2" ?
Many years ago, I did a postal course in Esperanto. After lesson 7 of 10, I attended a small regional conference and could follow 70% of everything. If you can get to a group meeting, you will find that you can follow most of it. The hard thing to do on a computer course is to develop speaking fluency. Some novels seem more difficult because the author is trying to avoid the -subject/verb/object- order. It can get boring! Ref. the grammar. With only 16 rules and no exceptions, it is a snap compared to English! Have fun and hope to see you at NOREK (Nord Okcidenta Regiona Esperanto Kunsido)!
A second version of the tree is in progress. I think it covers the grammar well but you need a lot more practice in the language. Don't rely on Duolingo only. Speak with people (online for example) or read something in Esperanto. There are also movies in Esperanto on YouTube (usually with subtitle in English/Esperanto). You can start reading books or speaking before you complete the tree. (At the end of the tree you will not speak or read fluently if you don't practice speaking and reading.)
At any level you'll need a dictionary every once in a while; once you finish this course you'll be pretty solid in all of the grammar, and you should be able to read pretty comfortably with a dictionary.
The tree covers the grammar rules but knowing exactly how to use them in Every single conceivable sentence will take a while. But then i am a university lecturer and sometimes i have problems with certain english constructions and have to debate them internally or look them, up so don't worry about it- you will be fine.
With a dictionary by your side you will be able to read basic books, articles etc
I have worked my way through the tree quite a few times now and there are still sentances i had not come across before so clearly there is a lot in the tree already
The tree is apparently due to have a tree 2.0 but the date of this has not been set.
Ignore the troll
Enjoy the esperanto.
From what i've seen it should take you to B1 and if your that level i wouldn't expext you to have to use a dictionary. At that level you should be really good
Saluton al ĉiuj , mi komenciĝis lerni esperanton per Duolingo antaŭ tri semajnoj . Ĝi ekde tiam estas amuza kaj mi ŝatas la vojaĝo ( mi estas duono tra la arbon ) . --- I got to here before I don't know the words for hurry ,fluent , taking my time , regularly , a few others , and I'm only 3/ 4 done with the tree anyone who can, correct me where I was wrong grammatically
You probably want to use komencis instead of komenciĝis ("became to start" seems to mean the same thing as the simpler "start"). And while in English we might say, "I am half through the tree," I'd jam in "ĉe la" for "Mi estas ĉe la duono tra la arbo."
When I tell people who have never tried to learn Esperanto that one can become reasonably fluent in a few weeks, they always think I'm lying to them. No language can be that easy.
Other than that, wow!
hurry rapidi hasti
to take my time preni mian tempon
Thanks , I have been learning a little longer than a few weeks , lol ,I was trying to quote the OP in translation , not sure if there was miscommunication or what , thanks though , I am still in my first year but I'm getting there !
I initially did not realize that you were translating the OP. Thanks for clarifying that.
Excellent work still.
(Oh, and I should note that Duolingo has downgraded me for inactivity. I've been an Esperantist for 36 years. I'm sure they'll soon promote me above being a Grade 11 Esperantist.)
"... how much Esperanto can I expect to know once I finish the tree?" Try to understand the following funny dialogue:
Ŝerca dialogo: Granda talento
6.1 Unua persono: "Saluton, kiel vi fartas?" Dua persono: "Saluton! Dankon, bone - Atentu, bonvolu doni al mi viajn manojn! Mi povas legi iliajn liniojn, pri via sorto."
6.2 1a persono: "Tio fakte interesas min. Ĉu vi povas legi mian sorton el la linioj de miaj manoj?" 2a persono: "Jes, kompreneble! Atente rigardu ĉi tiujn liniojn. Vidu, jen estas via vivo-linio. Ha, tre longa kaj akra! Tio signifas, ke vi longe vivos. Sen gravaj akcidentoj."
6.3 1a persono: (kun ironio) "Ho, kiel agrabla! Kompreneble mi ĝojas aŭdi tion, sed ..." 2a persono: "Estas la vero, kredu min! Kaj jen via koro-linio, kiu montras, ĉu vi multe amas. He, mi vidas grandan amon. Kia bonŝanco por vi!"
6.4 1a persono: "Ha, tio emocias min! Ĉu tio estas vera? Ĉu vi povas vidi pli da detaloj?" 2a persono: "Ne, nur ke nova amo-afero estas verŝajna. Sed jen via mono-linio. Vidu, ĝi indikas ke vi baldaŭ ricevos monon ..."
6.5 1a persono: "Kiom bonŝance! Vi havas vere grandan talenton, kiu meritas gratulon. (Per akra moko) Ĉu mi tiam povas amike peti vin, prunte doni al mi cent eŭrojn?"
El mia Esperanto-lernolibro "Esperanto en dialogo", 4a leciono
Wow I started about a month ago as well. I'd love to chat with you once we've both completed our tree. afterduolingo.com was created by the moderators for once you have finished the course. I'm only confused about how their skype works. I'd like to talk with some esperantists online in a month from now. If you're in NYC there is a meetup group.
Saluton Katori! I haven't finished the tree yet, but I'm pretty fluent. After five months of Duolingo, reading, chatting and so on, this was me in May 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDPqzb6Cn2M As others have already covered, you get all the necessary basics in the course. You can start reading books as soon as you know enough words not to be annoyed by the pauses you make to look up words. I read "Fajron sentas mi interne" before holding my talk. I hadn't even finished the tree. You can do it. :-D
Just the course by itself will give you a good grounding.
As others have said, if you bolster that with reading Esperanto texts, writing in Esperanto, watching/listening to Esperanto media, and even maybe speaking with other Esperantists, you'll advance much faster, and with a more fully developed understanding and appreciation of the language.
Have you joined the Duolingo Esperanto Learners Facebook page yet? It's a thriving community, with Esperanto experts of hand to help with questions of grammar and so forth...
If you get to a convention (or online), you can buy the T-shirt/sweatshirt with all the grammar rules on it. It is actually funny! That said, bear in mind that you can't really speak a language just by following the rules. Maybe a computer could?