Beginner books in Esperanto
I'm not ready to read books in Esperanto but if anyone has suggestions for easy to read Esperanto books for when i'm ready to read in Esperanto that would be appreciated.
Some good ones are:
- Gerda Malaperis: A Crime story, which starts super easy, but introduces more words and more complex grammar forms every chapter.
- Karlo: An old-fashioned easy reader.
- Vere aŭ Fantazie: A good follow up to Gerda Malaperis. It's a collection of short stories which starts assuming that you already know around 300 words in Esperanto, introducing new words every chapter.
- Paŝoj al Plena Posedo: Another book for getting from a basic to an intermediate level.
Google those, and you should be able to find most of them online, free.
Do forum searches on
Esperanto Oz or
Esperanto Alice and you'll find some suggestions. A few of the discussions, such as Offline resources, or Early reading for Esperanto learners? have what look like suitable material for beginners.
Here are some pages w/ material. I don't know how good the quality of the translations is, as I don't know Esperanto.
- Series of Oz books
- esperanto.us - Jack Vance, Clark Ashton Smith,, Clifford Simak--somebody has good taste! but these books won't be for beginners. dv
- dvd.ikso - all sorts of good material, most of it not for beginners, but the Pinocchio translation may be approachable
In general, it is better (IMHO) to start with very simple material, and if possible a work that you are familiar with. For instance, I usually read The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in translation, as the prose is very simple and has been translated into many languages--even Esperanto (see the link above) and Latin!.
La Mirinda Sorĉisto de Oz was the first "real" book I read in Esperanto, though I think a total beginner would struggle and get discouraged pretty quickly. I didn't read it until just after I finished the Duolingo course, and I definitely needed a dictionary to understand every detail. That said, I think reading it was probably one of the best things I've done for my Esperanto - it seriously improved my vocabulary, my ability to break compound words down into their components, and the high-quality translation gave me a good understanding of the feel of written Esperanto.
Roberto mentioned Gerda Malaperis, which I think of as the classic first Esperanto book for learners. Reading it alongside the Duo tree seems like it would be an excellent idea. Since Gerda gets harder as it goes along, you'll be able to gauge for yourself when you need to go to Duo for lessons and when you're ready to move on in Gerda. I've also heard good things about Lasu Min Paroli Plu, which is meant to be read side-by-side with Gerda, but I have no personal experience with it.
I also feel like I should mention that unlike Gerda, I felt like La Mirinda Sorĉisto de Oz got easier as it went along (although this might have just been because my Esperanto skillzz improved as I was reading).
I'm building a site which will have community translations of the Duolingo Stories into Esperanto. Here's the alpha version (3 stories available so far):
On top of the things already suggested, Richardson's Esperanto: learning and using the international language, apart from being a decent textbook, has a significant collection of easy readers in the back half of the book (after the course section). It's free to download as a PDF from Esperanto USA: https://retbutiko.esperanto-usa.org/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1029_1033&products_id=19232
N.B. you place a zero cost order to get to the download, instructions are on the "Downloads" page: https://retbutiko.esperanto-usa.org/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=1029
PS some learners choose to read La Hobito (The Hobbit) as their first Esperanto novel. I probably wouldn't recommend this unless you really like looking up words in a dictionary. It's fine once you've gotten to grips with the language.
Thanks. The Richardson textbook is in fact "decent", but the real value of that book is the "back half" as you describe it. It's an annotated reader, loaded with language explanations and grammar information.
I've been pondering whether it would be worth re-issuing it just with the second half.