https://www.duolingo.com/Ontalor

For Duo's patient Esperanto enthusiasts

I stumbled on this amazing resource:

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/7787

The book is available for free as it's in the public domain. I think the title 'A Complete Grammar' is a bit deceiving, because it's not purely a grammar book. I think this paragraph in the introduction summarizes it very well:

It is to furnish not merely an introduction to Esperanto, or a superficial acquaintance with it, but a genuine understanding of the language and mastery of its use without recourse to additional textbooks, readers, etc. In other words, this one volume affords as complete a knowledge of Esperanto as several years' study of a grammar and various readers will accomplish for any national language.

The book is broken into 60 fairly easy to digest lessons with full grammar explanations and a small amount of new vocabulary words, with each lesson ending with around 20 reading practice sentences, and 20 English to Esperanto translation exercises.

Honestly I would love this kind of textbook for any language I was starting to learn, granted those would be much more complicated than this one due to Esperanto's simplicity and complete lack of irregulars.

Anyways, this is how I'm holding myself over while waiting for the far-off eventual release of Duo's Esperanto course. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

April 27, 2014

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/harryclark17

I can't wait for Duolingo to have an Esperanto course. Thanks!

April 27, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Rxmgn

Thanks on behalf of all the Esperanto enthusiasts. I had discovered this one a few years ago. There are also many short booklets that have some info on the grammar. I'm sure many people know of Lernu.

April 27, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Ontalor

Lernu just really wasn't my style, it required to much pushing yourself through lessons and such and I didn't feel like I was getting much out of it, which is why I'm so excited by the idea of Duo having it.

April 27, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Rxmgn

I agree. I could not find much on there that suited me.

April 27, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Evil-Flora

You should be one of the incubators for Duo.lol

April 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Ontalor

haha my Esperanto is nowhere good enough, I'm still just a beginner.

April 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Evil-Flora

then if i learn Esperanto from you,the beginner, it is quite possible that I would get a bad fruit. I hurt you whenever and wherever,even here.lol

April 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Ontalor

lol that's why I showed you lernu.net :P although you could practice your English while learning Esperanto by using this book lol

April 28, 2014
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