https://www.duolingo.com/Abbey_Marie9

Going to try to Learn Esperanto!

I am about to try to learn Esperanto! Are there any tips/good learning material that I should know before learning? (This is not my first foreign language, I know EXTREMELY basic Spanish)

June 21, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/JasonMey
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Start using the language in real contexts as soon as possible. That got me farther faster than anything else. The Esperanto community itself is the best learning material available.

One of the huge advantages of Esperanto is that the community of speakers is very helpful and loves chatting with beginners. Once you've done the first few parts of the tree, maybe two weeks worth of lessons, you can already try to converse with someone else in Esperanto.

There is no need to worry about someone's reaction to your mistakes. If you say or type "Mi estas komencanto" (I am a beginner) the result will not be that the other person no longer wants to speak with you. Instead, they will gladly try to help you.

And unlike in other languages, where at the first hint of an English or American accent, the other party will start speaking English to "help," Esperanto speakers will let you keep trying in Esperanto indefinitely. Any such conversation will be an opportunity for you to practice Esperanto without fear.

On Telegram and Discord you can regularly find Esperanto speakers to converse with. If you prefer to type, there are Esperanto IRCs and Facebook groups. For asking language learning questions, I'd highly recommend this group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/duolingo.esperanto.learners/

There are plenty of Esperanto articles available online about current events and news. Here's a site that lists some resources: http://esperanto.net/en/news-in-esperanto/

If you are looking for places to hear spoken Esperanto, you can find them. There are dozens of Esperanto YouTubers and hundreds of videos featuring Esperanto music. And there are plenty of Esperanto podcasts on a variety of topics. Here are just a few YouTube Channels and Podcasts:

Music in Esperanto with lyrics: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClRF1bPnJ5qbN-FqUYRqa5g Evildea: https://www.youtube.com/user/Evildela Esperanto Variety Show: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXnT_KZNsQw-MX8Q8gJQDgw Jozefo Vlogs: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRbHKLwqrp8QIVQ5S2idRlQ Miroslav Vančo: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQgCl2R3hYMd-Drg8b-J1HA La Bona Renkontiĝo kun Stela: https://laboren.org/ Kern Punkto: https://kern.punkto.info/

Certainly, do the Duolingo course. It was very valuable to me and gave me a solid foundation in Esperanto. But don't get stuck there. Using the language is going to be the best way to learn it.

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/WitlessBittern
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Just dive in. As a language that was built rather than evolving naturally, there's a lot of logic to it. Big = granda, small = malgranda. Good = bona, bad = malbona.

Keep in mind that the fastest/most efficient method isn't necessarily the right one for you. The best method is the one you stick with. Play around with it and see what works.

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/DaveRutan
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You may want to check out Salivanto's playlist on YouTube, Lernu kun Logano where he goes step by step through a popular ten lesson Esperano course.

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/salivanto
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Thanks Dave!

June 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SidneyPraxedes
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The Esperanto tips are very good. You may read them during the lessons. Learning another language, particularly Esperanto, will also help you with the Spanish.

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Michael.Lubetsky
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https://www.duolingo.com/carbsrule
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Join your local Esperanto club. It might be a bit intimidating at first (most people in my local club have been speaking Esperanto for at least a decade, and one's an author of Esperanto novels) but it'll really solidify your learning, and you're bound to find kind and helpful people.

June 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/SaulNathan1
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YouTube Esperanto. There are dozens of channels, songs, cartoons.... TONS of resources that have helped me and, I imagine, will help you too

July 1, 2018
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