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Burnout?

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Just wondering if anyone suffers from a minor burnout.

I am working towards Esperanto 12, and............I'm not sure how to explain it. I think, for me, because there is no cultural history (maybe it's being made now), I have trouble connecting with it. The other languages I am working on have family ties for me, and histories that engage me. With the Esperanto, I don't have that. Every time I think I will drop it and move to another, something stops me and tells me I need to finish, though I don't know where I will ever use it. So I trudge on, but without the enjoyment and appreciation I experience with the others. Any advice??

And Tak, Gracias, Dankon, Danke, Merci <3

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
salivanto
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I've got to think that "minor burnout" is common - but I've got to say that I'm having a hard time relating. I've been speaking Esperanto for 20 years. When I started, I planned to stick with it a few months - maybe a year. I immediately began to use it to communicate with people that I wouldn't have met otherwise. After a year my wife and I traveled to Europe and stayed with people we found using the Pasporta Servo. Some of these people became life-long friends. To me, Esperanto never was a "goal" -- like trying to reach the next level. It was something I did for a real benefit in my life.

Follow your passion -- and if you take a break, remember that Esperanto isn't going anywhere. You can always pick it up later.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JensBu
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You should use it. There is HelloTalk where you can talk with people (spoken and written). There are lots of videos in Esperanto on YouTube. There are also books, stories and news in Esperanto. There is an Esperanto culture which is naturally growing as well although it is influenced by the speakers' various cultures. You can look for Esperanto meetups. Try Esperanto music that fits your style.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/snowdragons3
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thanks--any suggestions for good music? Nothing negative =0)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tomicxo

I'll always like Superbazaro by Martin Wiese. Keep in mind though that the Esperanto subtitles have some errors—a few of the pronouns are wrong.

Then there is the band i.d.c.. They have three albums, with many of their songs in Esperanto. There are full previews of all of them at the link. «La fina venk'» from their album «signoj de viv'» is their big hit.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JensBu
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I don't know your taste. If you like metal this could be interesting. I don't know so much Esperanto music as well. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4me4UqISM0list=PL3E9BD1FEFEE8C08C

Maybe you like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ivJSLyFdrM

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jal
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Mia plej ŝatata kanto en Esperanto estas "Skavirino" de "Esperanto Desperado". https://youtu.be/F4uuf90k5ow Ĝuu!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Qiunnn
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If you are not enjoying a language then don't do it because learning a language is difficult and you need to have the motivation to do it which usually comes from a great passion for it

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ionasky
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Enthusiasm for anything waxes and wanes. Don't worry about it and don't beat yourself up or you will be miserable. Have you considered why are you learning esperanto? Is it to do something cool and slightly unusual, to get a better handle on language learning generally, to participate in the idea that by having a bridging language that is not the property of one ethnic group you are not making people communicate 'uphill or at a disadvantage?' Are you looking for a secret(ish) language to use with friends and family, perhaps you want to make friends with as broad a cultural grouping as possible or use Esperanto to travel the world. All of these are valid reasons and might help with your enthusiasm. As for 'culture' in esperanto, it is out there, even if it is only 150 years old and does not belong to one geographical place or race of people. For me learning and participating in esperanto and its activities is a unique intellectual exercise, a lovely and easily learnable language, a comment on my own feelings about linguistic imperialism and a way to expand my world wide friendship group (on face book i now have friends from more than twenty different countries whereas previously it was only two)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KissZoltan2

I have created hundreds of Podcasts in www.lingq.com, for the titels: Esperanta Retradio 2014-2017. Try them You will enjoy them, interesting stories about culture, health, life, economy, history, philosohy, lot of literature in esperanto. I have learned the language through them everybody finds articles which fits their taste.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/snowdragons3
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Just want to say dankon to everyone who took the time to comment. Since writing my post I finished the tree, and found some interesting vidoes on youtube as well. I am now seeing and understanding the culture of Esperanto! Again, dankon for your words of encouragement and for sharing your stories with me.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WahahaDrills
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"No cultural history"? Esperanto's had that for a long long time. I can see what you mean in that it's pretty underground and hard to see at first.
I think what might help you is going to a local meet up. If you can't meet any Esperantists in real life for any reason, there are also Skype groups, Discord servers, and etc that lets you talk to them over the internet. You can also find plenty of radio stations that cover both world news and stories about Esperanto and its speakers that will show you how people use it and what connects them. I like this even though the hosts don't have the best pronunciation. http://esperanto.cri.cn/ In fact, this is part of what keeps me interested in it; I can get radio broadcasts from so many different countries in this neutral and easy to use language.
If none of that gives you what you're looking for, then you can always stop learning it. I've come across a lot of things that I want to like but I can't find anything that inspires me to put effort into them. I also find for some things that I'm not so much burning out on the subject or activity, but how I study it. But sometimes, you just need time away.

Basically, I think it will really help if you connect with speakers in one way or another, be it listening to them through the internet or talking to them. You have to be a lot more proactive in finding Esperanto's life force than others, admitedly. It can look super dead until you dig.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SamoolTheSamosa

I deleted my esperanto for the reasons you stated, and in its place I took up Danish! I find Danish much much better and I love learning it :). If you want a goal in Esperanto to help you plough through it then prepare to go to an annual Esperanto congress in a couple of years time! (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Esperanto_Congress)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Robwith1
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I also feel as if I am wasting time learning Esperanto. I had never heard of the language before Duolingo.I will continue just because I joined a club and there is quite a competition. Perhaps you should join the club so that you will have a reason for doing it. Remember we all have a native language and have to struggle to learn any other language.

1 year ago