Teach Yourself Esperanto out October 4th!
Saluton al cxion!
I've recently jumped back into learning Esperanto after a period of inactivity, especially here on Duolingo. I ended up searching up my old posts (cringey!) and I found my post from several years ago asking about the fate of "Teach Yourself Esperanto". It turns out that course went out of print, but the incredible amuzulo was able to meet Sarah Cole, the publishing director at Teach Yourself. He passed her info on to me, I got in touch and shared my story of learning Esperanto, and she decided to start the process of republishing the course. I was wondering what had happened with development yesterday and I saw a post today on my Facebook from Teach Yourself announcing that they had recorded the audio for the course and that it will be out October 4th!
I'm so beyond excited and I hope that the Esperanto community will find success using the book and helping others to learn as well!
I remember you from "before"... maybe two years ago, although I know you've been on the site for at least twice that. I know you post a lot about wanting to do various things. I'm curious how many of them you've actually been able to do. Now that you've gotten the Teach Yourself people to publish this book, are you planning on pre-ordering a copy. As I mentioned in the original thread (linked below), the official price of the new edition is crazy expensive, but if you're passionate about learning, then pre-ordering a copy would be a small thing.
Update: I got my copy.
Yes, I've been here for a while but I lost my passion for language-learning for a bit there. I'm a pretty imaginative person, but I never really ever put any of my dreams into action (I'm working on that). As for TYE, I'd definitely love to purchase a copy, I just don't have the money to pre-order right now, though I should in December when it's released in the US. $45 is steep, but my Teach Yourself Complete Dutch set cost $40 as well, so I guess it's standard for a course of that breadth (though I'm assuming that the Esperanto course will be quicker to complete than the Dutch).
I don't mean to pick on you specifically, but I see lots of comments here and there about things that should happen or that someone ought to do - but there's little thought given to the cost of doing such things.
I got in touch and shared my story of learning Esperanto, and she decided to start the process of republishing the course.
My understanding is that discussions with the publisher had been going on for a long time from several people. I certainly hope that Sarah Cole didn't make the decision to publish the book based on one testimonial - although Amuzulo did say that the thread inspired her to get the ball rolling. I smell hype.
If people want to see things happen, they should put their money behind it. Got $45? Pre-order the book. Donate to E-USA or Esperantic Studies Foundation. Esperanto Variety Show depends on donations to keep publishing videos. With a scholarship from ESF, $45 would get you a lot of personal tutoring and Skype lessons. How much does a plus membership cost on Duolingo? I think they could use some money too.
Certainly we need ideas, but we need money to make them happen.
Yea, I'm getting that. I've already got positive experiences with the series, so this is just what I need. Great news!
I'm not familiar with the 'Teach yourself' series, but... Is it worth it?
Looks like you can pre-order it from a few online sellers in the US for around $45. It's a brand-new book so I don't have an opinion on whether it's worth it. However, if you have $45 to spend on Esperanto, I do think that a good way to spend it would be to get a copy of the book by Richardson (Learning and Using the International Language), and then request a scholarship for six private skype lessons with me.
The Richardson book is £7 on Amazon UK, and the Teach Yourself book is 5 times more expensive at £35. Is it 5 times "better"? Who knows. I've been looking around for a book to supplement the Duolingo course. There's an old book called "A Complete Grammar of Esperanto" which I like, but sadly it doesn't have a key to the exercises.
Thanks. I guess I'll skip the Kellerman book then, shame because I like the step by step style and thoroughness of it. I'm assuming you have the Richardson book; does it have exercises with answers?
I have Teach Yourself Complete Dutch and I enjoy it. It's useful for replacing classroom instruction, so I would assume that it would be a good choice for learning Esperanto.
One of the authors is the wonderful Tim Owen, who is a superb teacher, and a lovely chap. He's just this last week been recording the audio component of the course. I've also had the privilege of seeing some of the material in draft form, which to my untrained eye, looked superb.
I declare a bias, in that I know and like Tim. And he's taught me at the Esperanto Domo in the UK.
But I still hope that people buy the book and find it useful.
P.S. if you're in the UK, look up the Lernu and LernuPlu weekend courses at the Esperanto Domo, just outside of Stoke-on-Trent. They are fun, free, and the teaching is excellent. The EAB who runs them are a wonderfully generous organisation. I've nothing but praise for them.
This is good to know. I finished the Esperanto tree (the first one) two years ago. One day I want to review everything again before diving in deeper. I really don't want to redo the tree, so this book would be perfect.
If anyone is wondering if it's worth the $45, I'd say yes. When you outgrow the book, you can pass it to someone who is showing interest.
I think it's an open question. Certainly, given the countless hours that it takes to learn a language, people shouldn't shy away from spending money if it will help make better use of that time. Even a simple evening out with Esperanto speakers can cost ten dollars not counting a $5 coffee.
Still, its not a question of whether people should spend $45 on learning materials, but whether this would be the best use of $45. I have said elsewhere in this thread that there are other ways to spend $45 learning Esperanto. Surely some of these ways are better than others - so it's not the $45, but the opportunity cost. If you only have $45 to spend, you can only spend it on one thing.
Certainly any book can be passed along to another learner. I wonder, about this one, though. Part of the value they're pitching is that it comes with access to online resources. Does this access transfer with the book, or will used copies of this book just simply contain links to a paywall? I have no idea.
I've heard rumors, though, that various Esperanto associations have been able to acquire copies and the real price will be lower than the $45 we're looking at now. I'm going to wait and see.
In the meanwhile, if you have $45 to spend on Esperanto, I have some ideas..