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Learning Esperanto

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I'm aware Esperanto it's a super easy language to learn, but does anyone have any tips to learning it faster? Maybe another app that I could use to learn it as well as learn it on Duolingo. I have to have a good understanding of Esperanto within 3 weeks, so any tips will help! :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/dimitrior

Hi, welcome to Esperantujo!

Not a problem! Assuming you can commit a few hours a day, 3 weeks is more than enough time to reach basic conversational fluency, enough to impress, please and get to know your visitor. You're going to be fine!

Here are my "pro tips" for learning Esperanto fast. (note: FWIW: I am in my 50th day since first exposure, I've completed the DL tree, and I've just passed the Ekparolu exam for a course of Skype lessons).

  1. You might as well start by reviewing the extremely simple and regular grammar of Esperanto. You can learn it all in less than an hour, the basic stuff at least. Here's a few useful resources http://esperanto.bretonio.free.fr/dokumentoj/pakeo-en3.pdf https://www.duolingo.com/comment/16090262/Esperanto-Cheat-Sheet. Carry with you print-outs of these and refer to them regularly. I did this and it surely helped.

Note: Don't be afraid of the accented letters, they are super fun when you get used to them!

  1. Duolingo hard. Practice daily, but don't be in a rush to finish the tree - its better to be comfortable and focused every time you work on it (rather than rushing, like me). Since you are interested in spoken production, a nice tip is to repeat what the guy says to you before you solve the exercise (thanks, my girlfriend, for suggesting that!). Use this browser extension (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/duolingo-vocabulary-manag/mglmcjokbicehcaojghjmhfjnaooffcd) to keep track of the words you learn and review them every few days (see also the point below).

  2. Things requiring rote memorisation: Aside from the very basics (pronouns: mi, vi, ni, etc.), I would make a gameplan for the "table of correlatives" (https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Esperanto/Appendix/Table_of_correlatives) and the little "bridging" words (also = ankaŭ, even = eĉ, although = kvankam, etc) since they are really useful even with a limited vocabulary. Both are available on your cheat sheet and EOpak from Step 1. Some personal aide memoires for some of the the trickier, less obvious correlatives - you may/must want to make your own: -om: nOM nOM, hOw Much can I eat? (quantity) -am: AM vs PM (time) -el: how the hEL am I going to remember that? (manner)

  3. As far as memorisation is concerned, you might like to use flashcard apps like Memrise (tried it, hated it) or Anki (a hacker's dream, but a bit fiddly for everyday users).

BONUS PRO TIP: There is an Anki list of the 500 most frequently used EO words, available here (although I personally did not get into this, it might be good for you to "cram" with): https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/293843977

  1. Build into your lifestyle as much Esperanto input as you can. Download podcasts (or youtube videos) and listen to them whilst you go about your day. Review the same material every few days - you will soon notice how much more you can understand. Here is one of my favourite EO vloggers who helped me a lot in the beginning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cLAqEMVRNs&list=PLCTKbq5E8Zpbri-USaF3kjlM1KoF0zPzp

For more podcasts and a whole load of other things: bookmark the Esperanto Mega Post: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/9139466

  1. When you get to that stage (and I suppose it might well happen during your second week), you might like to read things in EO online. For this, may I recommend using the browser extension ReadLang http://readlang.com/, which you can use to translate words live on the page, and store them for later review in a flashcard style.

DOUBLE PRO BONUS TIP: Tuja Vortaro is a superb, instant EO dictionary http://www.tujavortaro.net/. With readlang installed, you can save the words you look up there as well. You can also configure ReadLang to offer you an additional pop-up dictionary, customisable in Settings. If you want to use Tuja Vortaro for this, just paste this string into the relevant box: http://www.tujavortaro.net/?vorto={{query}}

Finally, take inspiration from this girl Lauren, who learned in six weeks with the help of her polyglot BF: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHPC5DN4eJA&list=PLQ8wEmB6GZ7pqqyXpOJl34QQQuauQ2jXL She did pretty well in 6 weeks, but I'm sure you can do better in 3!

And above all - let us know how you are doing! Good luck with your mission, and be sure to reach out if you have questions!

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https://www.duolingo.com/KateVinee
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Lernu https://lernu.net/ is another well-known site with a good course, although I'm not sure whether it's better than Duo for very rapid learning. You can have a look at it, anyway, and see if it would be helpful for what you need.

BaBaDum https://babadum.com/ is good for vocab drills (for Esperanto and other languages).

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https://www.duolingo.com/DaveRutan
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I was going to recommend Babadum as well, but best to mute the volume. The pronunciation isnt always spot on.

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https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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I had three questions - but then I followed my own advice, read the whole thread and saw that two of them were already answered.

1 - Why so urgent? -- you have a friend of a friend coming.

2 - How much time do you have? -- You have limited time. (Does that mean a short amount of time per day?)

Esperanto certainly is not a "super easy language to learn." If we accept the typical claim that it can be learned in a quarter of the time it takes to learn a language like Italian, then you could hope to get to "twelve week" fluency in three weeks. Pretty good, but I wouldn't expect to be fluent at that point - or even to have a "good understanding" unless you're really going to jump in with both feet.

My third question was going to be something like -- would you like me to run you through Esperanto boot-camp for the next few weeks? Based on my understanding of "limited time" as "not much available time on any given day", I'm going to assume the answer is no.

For someone with serious commitment to learning a language, but only three weeks to do it, I would ditch Duolingo. I would find a native speaker (or fluent expert) and talk with them every day. For Esperanto, I would do a course like Lernu kun Logano and actually send your work to a free tutor. I would explain to your tutor that you have a deadline. I would space the 10 lessons over the three weeks, doing a lesson every second day. This will give you a better understanding of the grammar than Duolingo will in the same amount of time -- and it's learning the grammar that gives you the 4x advantage which people like to quote.

If you're ready to jump in with both feet and do an Esperanto bootcamp, contact me on italki and I'll get you started. This link is a good way to start if you don't already have a profile there.

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Reply15 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jdroege

Go get Radio Verda <http://esperantofre.com/verda/rav001.htm> and listen, listen, listen! The quality is good. Don't be afraid to listen to an episode four or more times!

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https://www.duolingo.com/2w7FFK9p

that page gives me an error

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https://www.duolingo.com/KateVinee
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It's 'cause that angle bracket on the end got mixed up with the URL. Here is it without: http://esperantofre.com/verda/rav001.htm

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https://www.duolingo.com/jdroege

If I ever put up a URL, I will give it its own line! Tnx ...

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https://www.duolingo.com/cadencelum
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Thank you everyone for your helpful tips!! I'll be sure to use each of these and hopefully I'll be able to make a new friend, haha! Thank you all so much!

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https://www.duolingo.com/KateVinee
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Let us know how it goes! I feel invested in your success now. :D

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https://www.duolingo.com/Alkanadi

Memrise

Amikumu

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