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Question(s) about Esperanto

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Hi guys, i would like to ask some basic questions and discuss =)

1) How hard is learning esperanto when combined with learning german and spanish? I know esperanto is fairly easy, but I am not sure if it would be so easy if i not focus only on Esperanto but on other languages too.

2) Where is it mainly spoken (or "where are some bigger Esperanto communities)? I know it is not prevailing language in any country, but I wonder where are some bigger communities? I am from Czech republic and I guess the only place here where there could be some people talking it is Prague.

3) Am I right when I think its mainly "for fun" language (not like spanish / german with good career use)?

Thanks for your answers =)

1 year ago

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1) Yes, it is easy. It can possibly make it even easier to study other languages because it's a great starter to get you into how certain aspects work. Not to mention the many cognates. You'll find a lot of Eo and Spanish words are similar and will help you a lot in learning them.

2) You can probably search for a map of Eo hotspots with Google's image search. I've heard there are even a few native speakers in Europe.

3) It's whatever you make of it! If you decide it's a hobby language, then it is. If you want to do more with it, go ahead :)

1 year ago

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I'm doing the tree while also doing french and to be honest sometimes I get a bit confused. However in the future I hope to go to one of the Esperanto convention thing. It's held every year in a different country every time. It's one of my dreams. (More info in case you're interested: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Esperanto_Congress)

1 year ago

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Very interesting =)

I am little bit sad that I've missed the 2016 one... Nitra is quite close from me.

1 year ago

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Every summer there is the Somera Esperanto Studado somewhere in Slovakia, sometimes even in Nitra. That's how I got to visit Nitra for a week. If you can get a free week you can participate and study EO there. (https://eo.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somera_Esperanto-Studado)

Also in Slovakia, a higher EO concentration is in Partizánske, where E@I is located (https://eo.wikipedia.org/wiki/Partiz%C3%A1nske)

With the App Amikumu you can see some EO speakers near you. Plans are that the app will be used for other languages as well, for you German and Spanish would certainly be interesting. With Amikumu, you would be able to detect me too next time I'll visit Prague, and have a chat in EO.

1 year ago

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Seems like a nice app, downloaded it... but I have a problem with distance measurement. I dont know why, but even when I live near Slovak borders, it shows me people from brno are 90 km away (false)... and people from Ludwigsburg are 70 Km away (in reality over 600). But maybe there is problem that I cant be found over GPS, i live in quite a s**thole where is bad internet and I got almost zero phone signal. Heh, you are probably more in Prague than me amigo... :D

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BerberuEsperanto

Nitra was even closer to you until 1992 (no borders/same country;)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ziniamanto

It took me a couple years to master Spanish grammar when I was learning it. Esperanto's grammar took me about a day to master (no grammatical gender, no personal endings for verbs (so it means 7 total for Esperanto vs the 76 or 78 total for Spanish), only one way to form the plural, etc. so take that as you will. German is worse especially with gender (no good rule to cover 70% of the nouns like in Spanish) and also to make nouns plural (more than 5 ways to form plural, and no easy way to know which noun uses which method), among other things.

Best way to find other speakers is to go to events. Being in Czechia you'e luckier than most (especially those of us in the US).

1 year ago