Who knows Esperanto?
What do you think of it? Would you recommend learning it and, if so, why? Where do you find Esperanto learning resources or media in Esperanto? They seem pretty scarce.
I speak Esperanto fluently and I have many friends who do, too. I can recommend the Lernu courses - especially Ana Pana / Ana Renkontas and Mi Estas Komencanto, both of which are for absolute beginners - but I'm also hoping to see Esperanto on Duolingo soon.
Also, if you want to make Esperanto-speaking friends, there's a large community on Facebook. Just post that you're learning Esperanto in the Esperanto group on Facebook and looking for contacts and soon you won't be able to stop the friend requests from coming in.
I started to learn it three weeks ago, and my father, who speaks esperanto since i wasn't even born, had a heart attack of joy after attesting my progress. It's really easy. I 'd totally support you to go for it. About the resources: "Lernu!" And my favorite "Kurso 4.0" :: http://www.kurso.com.br/index.php?pt :: Start with "Kurso 4" then you can go "Lernu!" and start "Bildoj Kaj Demandoj / Ana Pana / Ana Renkontas / Gerda Malaperis" simultaneously, that's what i'm doing. About media: Muzaiko is an amazing radio in esperanto. :: http://muzaiko.info/a%C5%ADskultu :: To listen to, click in the huge red icon with the sentence "Aŭskultu tuj per Radionomy!". I have tons of website with news, forums, music in esperanto. Unfortunately it is bookmarked in my home's computer and i can't give it right now. :)
Thanks a lot, that's a lot of stuff. I'm interested in learning it one day because the people I've communicated with or read about who know Esperanto, like you, all seem so enthusiastic. It seems like learning Esperanto would be an excellent and quick way to become a part of a warm and welcoming language community, even if it's smaller than some others.
I have studied it only for one week only (shame on me), a good resource is http://it.lernu.net/index.php . I think it helps a lot to understand the grammar. You are forced to understand what a noun, an adjective, a verb is... because the word ending changes accordingly!
Not many people use it, at least that is my perception, but it's pretty easy especially if you know to some extent a romance and a germanic language.
It's fun to understand how it works, then you can resume it any time. That's what I do! :D
That's just the way information technology is headed. The Rosetta Stone software team apparently has the lead on language acquisition right now (marginally), but people don't like that it's so expensive. They likely will just head over here to learn what they can for free, and the team over at Duolingo notice this by eventually adding as many languages as their smaller team can handle. Sooner or later corporations such as Rosetta Stone will have to make their information a lot cheaper if not free to stay competitive or relevant in the future.
Jen grupego en Facebook (pli ol 11.000 anoj) https://www.facebook.com/groups/esperanto.grupo/ Here = you have a big group on Facebook (more than 11.000 members). Here is the description (quite long) ESPERANTO, LA INTERNACIA LINGVO Parolu Esperante por pli justa komunikado! Bonvenon!
⋆Per Youtube Mazi, Pasporto, Ana Pana... http://bit.ly/Youtubeaĵoj
⋆Landaj, fakaj http://eo.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esperanto-asocio
✓Esperanta gramatiko http://bertilow.com/pmeg/
✓Esperanta traduka frazaro http://www.tatoeba.org/
✓Tekstaro (korpuso) http://www.tekstaro.com/
✓Ĉapeligiloj (ĉĝĥĵŝŭ ĈĜĤĴŜŬ) http://goo.gl/GMBZB
✓Socia reto http://esperanto.com/
✓Grupoj en Facebook, indekso http://goo.gl/67AMO
✓Kelkaj gravaj el la supra indekso https://www.facebook.com/groups/shercoj https://www.facebook.com/groups/konsultejo https://www.facebook.com/groups/skajpanoj https://www.facebook.com/groups/librejo https://www.facebook.com/groups/perbildalernado
✓LIGILO AL ĈI TIU PRISKRIBO http://bit.ly/PriskriboKunlabora
Ni denove bonvenigas vin! Tio ĉi estas la ĉefa Esperanta grupo ĉe Facebook! La ĉefa lingvo de la grupo estas Esperanto. Oni uzu aliajn lingvojn por doni klarigon. Dankon al ĉiuj kiuj plibonigas nian mondon!
[eo] Internacia kaj facila lingvo! [...] http://goo.gl/W8wVN [en] International and easy language! [es] ¡Lengua internacional y fácil! [fr] Langue internationale et facile ! [ru] Международный простой язык! [zh] 世界语是容易学习的国际语文
If Esperanto was on here I would really consider trying to learn it to see if it really is as easy as people say, I have signed up to lernu but I don't like it as much as this site, I like the audio on it more than this site though, hopefully soon they will add the tools so people can add their own languages on here, then maybe Lernu will put their content on here. :-)
ah I'm glad I'm not the only one, I think I was spoilt by this great website I tried Lernu but was awful compared to this. I think the content was good but the site is not that great. Only other problems I would have with esperanto is I can't just play a blu-ray and switch audio to Esperanto, esperanto doesn't seem to have the same kind of content as Spanish, German, French etc. Can see the appeal of learning an easy language to communicate with but would be bothered that I wouldn't be able to find any speakers of it lol, a lot of people seem to disparage Esperanto saying it isn't great for people who don't speak a european language etc that is offputting as well, it gets talked about in the same sentence as the Klingon language from Star Trek quite a bit I've noticed too..
I prefer Ido to Esperanto (purely a matter of taste, I suspect) so for that reason I've chosen to study Ido over Esperanto. Ido does have very few resources and few speakers, however.
There is an Esperanto community; if it appeals to you then that may make it worth pursuing.
Ido was created by a Frenchman who thought that Esperanto didn't have enough French-derived vocabulary. He also abolished most of the suffixes, so that you have to learn more word roots in order to communicate in Ido. This make Ido is easier to understand than Esperanto for people who know French, somewhat easier for people who know another Romance language, but much harder for everyone else.