When learning Spanish, Esperanto is nice to know
I have been a "language junkie" for a long time, but never really paid a lot of attention to Spanish. Every now and then I pick up a little here or a little there - but not ever enough to really put it together. I've decided, however, that 2019 is the year I'm going to finally learn it from end to end.
I started on January 1 and I'm at level 13 now - shooting for 25. I'm also working through a book. (Made of paper - imagine that!) I've also made a video (usually my videos are in or about Esperanto) which I hope will be the first in a series of videos where I track my progress in Spanish and talk about language learning tips which apply no matter which language you're interested in learning. The video is called Learn Spanish through Esperanto because I also talk about how knowing Esperanto is giving me a head start.
Note, however, that this doesn't mean that people learn Esperanto if their goal is to speak a different language. Go where the motivation is. I just think it's neat that there's all this Spanish that I already know.
Edit: I've added English subtitles. Hopefully this will make it easier for second-language speakers of English. I hope to be able to come back and add more.
I like books.... I usually start with a book to get down basic vocabulary. I think you will enjoy Spanish. Once I am done with Portuguese, Esperanto is next on my list.
Good luck to you on this new language learning adventure! I did two semesters of Spanish in my second year of college and really enjoyed it.
Hello salivano, a "language junkie", good word, I think the older I get, the more this describes me too. I've stumbled upon a very good podcast to learn spanish, maybe you want to give it a try. They have an entry level ("101") and the real one: www.spanishpodcast.net Really good, interesting and well structured. (and free too).
I was really bad. Seriously. I couldn't stop. I eventually had to draw a line and say NO MORE LANGUAGES. Since then I've played with Mandarin, tried to learn Arabic, looked at Swahili. (Both my wife and daughter have started playing with it recently.) I think that brings the 'dabble count' to something like 21 languages.
"Language junkie" seems much less pretentious than "polyglot."
Interested to see how well Esperanto helps you with Spanish. I can't really say because I started with Spanish first. I didn't hear about Esperanto until a few years ago when I became interested in auxlangs.