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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Matthias1414

Online Esperanto dictionary?

What online dictionary do you recommend?

For ex. I could not find "bonantagonulo" in dict.cc and some other dicitonaries. Google translator knew the word: "Good antagonist".

Thanks for sharing.

October 7, 2019

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

I would not expect to find bontagulo in a dictionary.

As for dictionaries, recommend vortaro.net as the final check and a good source for sample sentences of words in use. To go from English to Esperanto I suggest http://esperanto-me.org/dic

To go in the other direction, I use RetaVortaro - but I don't use it for anything else and I don't recommend others use it for anything else.

Finally, if you have tried everything else, you can try http://www.simplavortaro.org which in this case would tell you that the word is bon-tag-ul-o - and you have to piece together that it's someone who can only say basic greetings -- which is even more basic than "beginner". A beginner has actually started learning.

October 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Matthias1414

Great! Thanks a lot. It's good to know!

October 7, 2019

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

Note: it's bontagulo not "bonantagonulo".

October 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Matthias1414

Thanks for correcting me. There seems to exist "bonantagulo", too.

I had picked "bonantagonulo" from one of the answers in a previous thread on Duo and wanted to know what it meant. Well...

October 7, 2019

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

I think I replied in that other thread - a few hours before you posted here.

I have written and performed a song called "La Bontagul'" (it's about a bontagulo), probably just short of 20 years ago. Neither form of the word is very common. I actually did do an online check before correcting you but now I see my search contained quite a few false hits. If you screen out the false hits, it looks like bontagulo is a fair bit less common, but most of the hits for the other form are in user-edited dictionaries -- or in national language texts citing these user-edited dictionaries as "funny expressions" in Esperanto.

Bontagulo seems to conform better to my sense of Esperanto word formation. I've already posted a few more corrections but probably won't do so any more... unless, of course, the person I'm correcting is correcting someone else. :-)

October 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Matthias1414

Yes, I see your point (and will keep it in mind when talking to others) and read your other comment, too. Thanks for your considerate and balanced comment.

October 8, 2019

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

I prefer https://lernu.net/en/vortaro as my first stop. Then http://vortaro.net when I really need to dig in.

And as other have posted, I wouldn't expect to find bonantagonulo (or bontagulo) in many dictionaries.

October 8, 2019

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

bonantagonulo is a slang for beginners. https://youtu.be/j2G0IELpDnE

October 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Matthias1414

Thanks for the link. However, the word was not mentioned there.

Mi estas bonantagulo... (corrected: see discussion above)

October 7, 2019

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

wrong video, this is the right one -> https://youtu.be/j2G0IELpDnE

October 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Matthias1414

Great link! Thanks a lot for rechecking.

October 7, 2019
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