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

2 weeks to finish the Esperanto tree (first round) and 20 minutes to fall in love with Esperanto.

Exactly two weeks after I started Duolingo's Esperanto course, on September 28th, I finished its English tree (first round, no short cuts), have completed almost all the Portuguese/Esperanto one down to the last checkpoint (using shortcuts) and moved my Spanish practice to the Esperanto/Spanish tree. So, you guys can imagine how much I liked this amazing language (and yeah... I had a lot of free time during these two weeks, which helped me to jump into it with all I got).

But before I started studying Esperanto, I completely scorned it as a "waste of time", as most people probably do, until I sincerely asked to myself: "why would someone dedicate any effort at all to learn an invented language?" And that question really puzzled me and originated a genuine feeling of curiosity inside me, which made me search in Google "reasons for studying Esperanto".

What I read in "https://actualfluency.com/learn-esperanto/" was enough to make me give it a shot and start Duolingo's Esperanto/English course immediately. Just a few hours later and I was already hooked up and thinking: "This is sooooo amazing! That is soooo logical! So easy and so elegant at the same time! I really should have started studying it earlier!".

The mentioned article was right about saying that you can learn the basics of Esperanto in about one month and then add to your list one more language, which is spoken by a very active community worldwide. Well, I'm still to find another Esperantists to chat with me (candidates, step up! Lol), but it is really a good feeling being able to read articles online in Esperanto (and even Plato’s Cratilus translation!) and understand them, after such a short period of studies.

Duolingo, congratulations for such an amazing Esperanto course, so diligently designed and executed! One can totally learn a lot from it and I guess that my study experience couldn't have been better. Thanks a lot to all the contributors for the amazing work.

Kaj longan vivon por Esperanto! Dankon al Doktoro por doni al ni tian amablan lingvon, veran donacon al homaro.

October 19, 2018

17 Comments


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

Esperanto allowed me look at a foreign language and think, "Hey, I understand this!" for the first time. Congrats on your exciting experience, and keep up the good work.

October 19, 2018

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

Thanks, JPRasmussen, I intend to keep going. Actually, the more I study Esperanto, the more interesting it gets to me!

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cake4u0

Thanks for posting this! It made me want to learn Esperanto too!

October 19, 2018

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

I'm really glad about reading that! Good luck in your studies.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Simon802251

EO estas perfekta lingvo por retkurso. Tamen mi petas vin, trovu iu renkontigo au ret-babilujo. Por mi, la plej kara afero ke esperanto donis al mi estas la rakontekzercado kun aliaj samideanoj.

October 19, 2018

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

Ĉu eble vi povus al mi sugesti ret-babilujojn kie ankaŭ komencantoj povas provi lerni babilante? Lastatempe mi kreis profilon en “www.conversationexchange.com” (profilo “Fabriciusvictor” el Brazilio, Brazilo) kaj sendis mesaĝojn tie al kelkaj esperantistoj, sed mi ankoraŭ atendas iliajn respondojn. Laŭ mia opinio, estas domaĝo, ke Duolingo ne havas tujmesaĝilon inter homoj kiuj sekvas unu la alian, funkcio kio alproksimiĝus lernantojn de samaj lingvojn.

October 21, 2018

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

Kiel Amikumu (https://amikumu.com)?

October 22, 2018

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

If you want to practice spoken esperanto and have a good basic understanding ( ie have done the duoling tree) then Check out ekparolu ... https://edukado.net/ekparolu/prezento

You can have up to ten free half hour skype conversations with a genuine expert esperanto speaker. ... then amikumu, local meet ups, national associations etc can help you find face to face speakers to practice with and make friends (over the last two years since i started learning i am pleased to say i have found loads of fabulous people and made some firm friends as a result)

October 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/btaylor79

Well said! I thought Esperanto was a silly idea for a long time, but now that I've given it a chance, I am hooked. I love the logical approach, and I'd love for all of us to learn it as a second language. How amazing would that be??!!

October 21, 2018

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

Amiko, mi pensas, ke tiu estus sonĝo fariĝita realo. Dankon por diskonigi viaj spertoj.

October 21, 2018

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

Great !

(I am doing German in one month, this is a crazy thing to do it in an intensive way. But such a pleasure to not wait monthes and monthes before to have interesting conversations :) )

I also began Esperanto... but actually it is difficult for me to "go inside". I still can't feel any charm, anything beautiful in this language... so that's strange but I don't learn it easily (and I'm french, it should be so easy)

I still searching the soul of Esperanto. So, I try to listen it by different way : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exIDp2vlkmw&feature=youtu.be

Thank you very much for your post.

October 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RobertoKin9

I also began Esperanto... but actually it is difficult for me to "go inside". I still can't feel any charm, anything beautiful in this language... so that's strange but I don't learn it easily (and I'm french, it should be so easy)

Try reading Hamleto out loud. Zamenhof did a great job with the translation while keeping it mostly in iambic pentameter like the original, and I've found it to just be a pleasure to read aloud.

I also think it's impressive that it was made when Esperanto was only 7 years old - a very ambitious test of a young language.

October 19, 2018

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

Nice link! I'm definitely gonna give it a try.

In fact, the amount of classics translated to Esperanto is amazing. And I wish there were any Esperanto translation of Augusto Cury's books, one contemporary writer I like very much, so I could practice Esperanto by reading it.

October 21, 2018

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

Wow... Thank you so much, BafouillCharabia, for sharing this link! Because of you I heard a song in Esperanto for the first time and I loved it! And after it, youtube presented me with another song I really enjoyed listening:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dNRtJ9ZEGY

October 21, 2018

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

BafouillCharabia, I believe that people in different moments have different feelings about the same subjects. The same book or movie can change one person’s live, on one hand, and not move at all the hearts of their neighbors, on the other, depending on the different circumstances they are living. The same with languages to be learned, and there is nothing wrong about that, of course.

My first contact with Esperanto, more than fifteen years ago, was not that great either (I saw two guys speaking it and I just found it weird). And last month, with Duolingo, I was mesmerized by it. How to explain that?

Maybe when a different moment comes, or maybe spending a little more time studying it, or talking with sperantists… I don’t know. But after hearing those two songs in youtube, I can’t but define the language I heard in them as charming as hell, in my humble opinion. :-) But I understand you feeling differently.

Thanks for the time you spent sharing your thoughts here. And good luck with the German studies. I’m struggling with it too. THAT is a challeging language for sure.

October 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KissZoltan2

I created 1000 Linq articles https://www.lingq.com/. You can check them as well. Esperanta Retradio 2014-2018 are my creatures.

October 26, 2018

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

congratulations!

October 22, 2018
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