Bored of Esperanto?
So lately Esperanto has been boring, and frustrating, me. I am struggling to level up on my previous skills, as some of them have 12 lessons, but don't understand enough to level up. I am about halfway through the tree and was wondering about other potential languages I could learn on Duo that could help my Esperanto. I am already also learning Spanish, which I work on anyway.
PS: I have been working on Esperanto for about a month and know a lot more than Spanish, which I have been taking a high school class in for my second year already. My streak is gone because I was just on a trip that was very busy.
I would also like as easy of a languge as possible.
Honestly, if you want to learn Spanish, learn Spanish. I have also seen the research that says that six months of Esperanto and six months of Spanish is better than 12 months of Spanish - but all of that is meaningless if you don't enjoy the languages you're studying. The easiest languages to learn are those:
1) That learning materials and media exist for.
2) That have speakers you can hang out with.
3) That are related to languages you already speak.
4) That you enjoy learning.
Language learning takes years (or more accurately is a never-ending process), no matter how simple the language, so if any of the above four things are not true, you should rethink what you're doing. If you really want to learn Spanish, I recommend two things. First, check out the free Language Transfer course for Spanish, which is based on pointing out how to transform the Latin parts of English vocabulary into valid Spanish words, and which you takes through almost the entire language by the end. I'd also recommend checking out the series Extra (a friends-style sitcom in simple European Spanish) and Destinos (a drama about a lawyer trying to find the secrets of a dying man in Latin American Spanish) which can be found free online easily enough.
The most important thing is exposing yourself to language that is just above your current listening level. In theory, you can even watch advanced material and get better (since there will still be scattered sentences just outside your level), but the fastest way to get better is to start simple and go complex. Watch shows like Sesame Street in your target language, and once you feel like you're not getting anything more out of them, move on to shows for slightly older kids, teens and finally adults.
Have you checked out Lernu!?
There's an Esperanto course and a media library with lots of different materials. Maybe you'll find something of interest there.
There is no magic language to learn that is going to help you learn another language. It's mostly about spending time with the language on a regular basis over the long haul. And one the best ways to spend time with the language is through reading.
Here are a few Spanish suggestions:
News in Slow Spanish is a site that can help you strengthen both your reading and listening skills. You do have to pay for it, but they offer some excellent materials.
You could also try Spanish books written specifically for Spanish beginners, like Hola Lola.
When I first started reading Spanish, I read a lot of children's books that had been translated into Spanish, like the Magic Tree House books by Mary Pope Osborne, Ralph and the Motorcyle, Charolette's Web, and many others. When possible, I read books that were also available as an audio book. Both reading and listening to a book seems to more helpful than reading alone. You can get Spanish editions of some of The Boxcar Children mysteries, some of the Narnia books and the Harry Potter books in both print and audio.
Maybe try learning it in a different way, or using a different method for a while? There are more sites and ways than just Duolingo.
For example, Drops ( https://languagedrops.com ) has Esperanto, and there are many EO decks for Memrise (these are all vocabulary through). I also learned some via the Manga game The Expression: Amrilato http://mangagamer.org/amrilato/
There are lots of other ways to pick up Esperanto too. You can give Duolingo a break if you are using a different method for a while and still be learning. The important thing is to still learn it somehow, and not stop otherwise you'll lose the gains you've made.
Also the best way of course is to attend an Esperanto Meetup or in-person event in your city and actually talk.
The easiest language to learn is Toki Pona.
I don't know if I agree with that. Sure the grammar is simple, and there's only 125 roots, but actually saying what you want to say in Toki Pona is non-trivial. In that sense I would consider it deceptively hard to learn.
And I don't need to study Neolatino from http://www.neolatino.eu at all in order to understand it
I wouldn't call that sort of passive bilingualism "learning" a language. It's just that sometimes two languages are mutually intelligible, so you get one for "free."
Hi Joey! I really like to use Duolingo for learning languages, but never as my only resource. I get bored too fast. So, for Esperanto, try some lessons on Lernu. It also free, and is and there are a lot of mini stories and dialogues. For more resources and tips, check this article:
It has detailed information about several good resources.
For several languages, including Esperanto, I would also recommend this site/app: https://www.lingq.com/