https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sixsixseven

Miaj komencantoj - One (new) Esperantist's plan to explore the world by speaking Esperanto:

Saluton! Mi estas komencanto, kaj eble vi ankaŭ.

I'll try to keep this short. I should have committed to this journey in 2005, when I first discovered this language. I was discouraged at the time of the mental effort required, like any new thing, to learn it. Beginners, there is a practical use for this language!

Now over a decade later, the future plans my wife, children, and I have, include a great deal of slow-going international travel. At first I hesitated at having to learn the basics of the language of each place we plan to go, and then I realized I had an old standby: Esperanto.

So I've picked it up with renewed enthusiasm as we try to envision meeting other Esperantistoj in their home countries. I scour the web for all sorts of tools and texts to help me get a complete understanding of our new language, and here's why: Wherever we may go, we'll be able to find a friendly voice who speaks a common language without anyone being worried if we're saying exactly the correct thing, and I would be overjoyed to do the same for others in my home countries.

In embracing my nascent language, and trying my hand at spreading Zamenhof's work, I've made a little post that talks a little about the history of Esperanto, and why we've chosen to learn it: https://www.twopluscrew.com/2018/09/10/on-learning-esperanto-the-international-language/ . The hope is that the post stands as a little beacon for anyone else inclined to learn Esperanto; a humble attempt showing you, or someone you do or don't know that there are real people learning this.

Finally, I've been doing this only a month or so here on Duolingo, and I've received so much inspiration from this forum and the DL club I'm in (Q9AJJW). Thank you all so much!

September 16, 2018

20 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WitlessBittern

I suspect you already have Pasporta Servo in mind, but here's the link in case you or another reader don't. I was just taking an initial look at it myself. It is, at the very least, my new go-to justification for studying this language.

September 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sixsixseven

Yes! This is exactly my basis as well. I was surprised to see so many cities with speakers. Maybe I would have been more diligent in my initial study had I known.

September 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WitlessBittern

It's going to be a few more years before I'm in a position to avail myself of it, but in the meantime I'll be lurking for success stories. Do you have a shortlist of places you might trial first?

September 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sixsixseven

I am humbled you ask. We're actually making plans to spend some time in Philippines at the moment. Currently Pasporto Servo's only Filipino host is in Manila. I hope that I'll have the privilege of being the second host within the next year.

After that, our "short" list is quite long: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1vUVJIkpnXTuWAf96OaAzXts95Fu55zKG&usp=sharing

September 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WitlessBittern

That's quite an ambitious map. I'm not able to travel as much as I'd like, and when I asked my question I knew I was setting myself up for envy.

I do see you have designs on Fjaðrárgljúfur outside of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, my favorite little place on earth. I recommend you tour the full Golden Circle if at all possible. Every day you'll think you've traveled to another planet.

(At first I thought Esperanto Island was some sort of in-joke about Elephant Island, but sure enough...!)

September 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WitlessBittern

It was described to me as the complete trek around Iceland's Route 1, but a bit of research just now indicates that some use the term to describe a smaller tour path that keeps to the south. Essentially, the country has a single road that will take you around the whole perimeter, hitting or bringing you within an easy drive of a lot of the more mind-boggling sites along the way.

My wife and I completed it for our honeymoon a few years ago. It took us 10 days, which seemed a very fine pace. She's traveled all over Europe, and Iceland edged out Corfu, Greece, as her favorite destination so far.

September 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sixsixseven

I'm not familiar with Golden Circle - would you point out where I could find more information?

As far as my ambitions, they've always been much larger than I can achieve. I would be overjoyed at being able to accomplish just 1/100 of this list. To complete it all (and it's always growing and will never be complete) would be a fool's errand, I think.

September 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hsien.duol

It would be very revolutionary if Esperanto entered the Filipino public school system as a second language thing.

September 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alexwilliamson92

Bonan sxancon! Mi esperas, ke vi rekontas multajn afablajn homojn dum viaj vojagxoj!

September 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sixsixseven

Multajn dankojn! Ni provos! Kie vi loĝas?

September 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Repelsteeltje

I wouldn’t go to Amsterdam. Far too crowded. There are many other lovely Dutch cities like Haarlem, Delft Gouda etc with the same lovely cannals.

September 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sixsixseven

Thank you! We'll look into alternatives.

September 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ruaidhr1

Saluton kaj bonŝancon en via vojaĝo! Se vi alvenos en la Kanariajn Insulojn, bedaŭrinde mi ne povas gastigi vin, sed mi ĝojus renkonti kaj paroli Esperanton kune, eble doni al vi iujn rekomendojn pri lokoj por viziti! Ho kaj se vi havas demandojn pri Irlando (mia patrujo), demandu min!

September 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sixsixseven

Jes! Multaj jes! La Kanariaj Insuloj vere estas en nia listo. Ĝi estus unu el la unuaj paŝoj post transpasi Ĝibraltaron. Dankon!

September 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Henri27583

Hi six!!!! I have a similar story to yours!!! I my a handsome man online and I was going to learn Esperanto so I could be with him but it turns out he doesn’t even speak it!!! He speaks espanol!!!! Most people are very nice here and you’ll make so many friends!!!!! There’s only one mean person who calls me names but everyone else is great!!!!

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Janjo808309

Mi loĝas en Nov Zelando, kaj ankaŭ estas en la Pasporta servo. Mi ĝoje bonvenigus vin ĉiujn se vi iam volas viziti nian landon.

September 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheHappyPerson

Bonan tagon, Esperantistoj

September 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sixsixseven

Bonan tagon! Kiel vi fartas?

September 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Henri27583

Bonan Tagon!!!!!

September 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sixsixseven

Bonvenon al Esperanto!

September 21, 2018
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