is anyone learning Esperanto?
i just wanna know
Where are you taking lessons -- or are you talking about the Duolingo exercises?
In addition to the links I posted elsewhere in this thread, note also that I have a video series of lessons -- and in the description of the videos is a link telling you how to get a free tutor by email.
Yes, I'm learning Esperanto.
Previous attempts have been painful and difficult. Hearing loss which makes subtle sounds like vowels difficult to distinguish paired with dyslexia which makes spelling and remembering things in order difficult have both made this an up hill battle. It's hard. But, I'm doing it.
So, why? Well, because I want to learn more than just Esperanto. Learning Esperanto is just step one in bypassing what would otherwise remain a lasting limitation. I am more than the sum of my parts.
I am learning esperanto but I prioritize the learning of other languages. I had no problem with Esperanto lingvo but the Esperanto community, and their impression, pretty much discourage me from learning it; their community focus on building their own conculture and nation instead of transcultural connection; they seem to concern themselves mostly with their own affairs and negate foreign affairs.
Languages are spoken by communities. That's simply how it is. Communities can be large or small, simple or complex, welcoming or exclusive. Living languages have communities, or they're not living languages. You've posted about this "transcultural connection" before, but have never really explained how it is different from the interna ideo.
sur neŭtrala lingva fundamento forigi la murojn inter la gentoj kaj alkutimigadi la homojn, ke ĉiu el ili vidu en sia proksimulo nur homon kaj fraton.
on a neutral linguistic common ground, remove the walls from between various groups, and get people to see their neighbor simply as a human being and a brother. (Translation by Tomaso/Salivanto.)
As one Esperanto learner here once said, the people who speak Esperanto are "typically language learning enthusiast[s]" and that he enjoys "talk[ing] with people on common ground from all over the world. I might disagree whether the community is limited to language learners, but it's certainly an element of the kind of people who learn Esperanto. You also find people who learn Esperanto and no other language -- but they're people who are interested in making friends and learning about other cultures. This certainly fits with the "original goal" of Esperanto.
Finally, there's no reason to say that a community is exclusive of "transcultural identification". You've said that this means translating things from other cultures - and that happens all the time. It's a way of tearing down the walls.
What a thoroughly strange statement. I am not even sure what it means. I communicate with people round the world because of and in esperanto and regularly read esperanto blogs, articles, books and magazines written or translated in esperanto by people from every continent. This week alone there have been stuff from people in china, japan, germany, spain, france, USA, Brazil, Russia Australia and Denmark that I know of for sure - there are probably others but if we are using esperanto via the internet I probably don't actually know thier nationality if they don't make a thing of letting me know. The connection is transcultural and personal /individual. Also - what nation? I have only been around esperanto for a couple of years but thus far have seen no aspirations towards nationhood.
Consider: conculture = transcultural connection. Don't stereotype definitions. Dialectically, everything has 2 sides (in our flat world view, and more if we are openminded). Even if you are looking for the dark/bad side is not bad if you recognise the bright side. Ignoring the enthusiasm of the Esperanto community and looking to the dark side is not helping you to see the beauty of you version of 'conculture'.
I didn't need the Duolingo course to learn Esperanto, having already learned it some time ago. However, I completed the entire course and am maintaining a full gold tree as a refresher. I recently started the Esperanto course for Spanish speakers to help reinforce my Spanish, which I'm now relearning.
The Duolingo Esperanto courses are introducing a lot of new speakers to Esperanto. Some of us are doing our best to connect those new speakers to their next steps in learning and using Esperanto. The Duolingo courses are more or less equivalent to a one semester course at the college level. Because of the ease of learning Esperanto, that gets you farther than with other languages, but it doesn't get you all the way to fluency. Go look at Chuck Smith's Esperanto mega post (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/9139466). It includes links to a lot of additional resources.
I am learning Esperanto but have become frustrated because I am unable to find anyone online or in meatspace to chat with in Esperanto.
There was a thread a week or so mentioning a nearby Esperanto group, but the person who had the skinny ignored my follow-up inquiry.
As for online, I went to a few IRC Esperanto chat rooms but people were just idling in there. The #esperanto hashtag on Twitter is dead or unresponsive. Makes me wonder how pervasive Esperanto is in real life.
I don't think anybody ignored you. The notifications on Duolingo are glitchy at best. People have so many places to check messages these days too. I just googled "central new jersey esperanto" and found the following potentially interesting hits.
II don't do twitter but my sense is that people follow individual Esperanto speakers there. Reddit and Telegram have active Esperanto areas.
Edit: I don't do Twitter for Esperanto.
"The #Esperanto hashtag on Twitter is dead or unresponsive"?
Maybe you mistyped, but there were over 100 tweets with that hashtag in the last 24hrs alone - and that's not counting the Esperantists there who tweet without using the hashtag.
Esperanto is relatively well represented on Twitter.
Beyond that, try the Amikumu app; join any of the many Facebook Esperanto groups, check Telegram which has a strong Esperanto presence, try Ekparolu! once you've finished the Duo course, use italki to find chat friends or to hire an Esperanto teacher...
There are quite a few options...