https://www.duolingo.com/t-om-as

Does anyone know of a good website where I can see the etymology and construction of Eo words?

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8 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/eojeff

I know you asked specifically for a website but there is a series of books that are very helpful along these lines:

  1. Etimologica Vortaro de Esperanto by Ebbe VILBORG (5 vols)
  2. Etimologia Vortaro de la Propraj Nomoj by André CHERPILLOD
  3. Konciza Etimologia Vortaro also by André CHERPILLOD

The series by VILBORG is very exhaustive. I don't happen to own Konciza and so I can't make a comparison between the two works. But it is some 500 pages and VILBORG's 5 volume set works out to roughly 580 pages combined. I wouldn't consider that a huge difference.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SprightBark
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For a quick wikipedia read, this page notes that "Zamenhof took most of his Esperanto root words from languages of the Italic and Germanic families, principally Italian, French, German, Yiddish, and English" then follows that a little later with "Surprisingly few roots appear to have come from other modern European languages, even those Zamenhof was most familiar with. What follows is a fairly comprehensive list of such roots that do not also occur in principal languages:" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esperanto_etymology

This one you would need to drill down through each of the subcategories; I don't imagine that it is anywhere near complete: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Category:Esperanto_terms_by_etymology

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KarenK.1

Yes, I would like to know this, too. Knowing the etymology would help me to recall words from memory.

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Danielconcasco
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I usually look up new words in Wiktionary.org . They usually give good etymologies. It might not be as robust as the sites others have shared, but I like that it connects you to words in other languages. I often end up falling down the rabbit hole and before I know it, I'm looking at German or Russian words.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Enethir

Hi,

I came across such document across the web archive. Here is the discussion in which I gave the link : https://www.duolingo.com/comment/26142710

Wish you all nice time here

8 months ago
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