https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

Esperanto for English speakers now in Beta!

It’s here!

Esperanto, the most widely spoken constructed language in the world, is now in beta and you can start learning it immediately.

The goal of the language was to create a politically neutral language that would help promote understanding and world peace... a language that is not tied to a specific country and that is easy to learn seemed like the best way to go about that. Ready to put that to the test and see if it indeed is as easy to learn as Ludwik L. Zamenhof says? (Today I learned that he also wrote the first grammar of the Yiddish language).

If you are an Esperanto and English expert, you are always welcome to apply to be a contributor in the Incubator.

If you are a huge fan of Esperanto who also happens hang out a lot in the Duolingo discussion forums to help people who are learning or are having trouble: the contributors of all the courses always have an eye out for awesome and active people to help them moderate the forums. If you write helpful and kind responses often, keep it up and you will stand out and maybe be invited and get one of those green shields around your face. :]

Please thank the Esperanto team for their love and dedication to this project, and help them test the beta course so that they can fix whatever needs fixin'. Thank you all! Enjoy!

EDIT: Wondering why people want to try Esperanto? Check out my post Esperanto: What is it and why learn it? for more info. There was an article written about this course published today on the 29th of May.

Homework to you all: How do you say "You rock!" in Esperanto?
May 28, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/ThEAnOrAK

Its Finally Here!! Thank you team Esperanto!

May 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CliffJonesJr

I'm so happy! There are no words.

May 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/aimee

Jen vortoj: jes, saluton, dankon!

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/NicolasDC

HAHA

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/4of92000

Ditto.

May 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TuLaim

I feel the same way as the person in the GIF... xd

May 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/TrekkieBen

I agree!

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DanH99

WoW. Level 7 already and yeah THANK U TEAM ESPERANTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LingusticSarah

I am so incredibly happy! I would love to have the ability to talk to some people once I get a grasp of the language, would anyone be willing??

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/lazouave

And today marks a new chapter in the history of Esperanto... :D

May 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Luko.

I hope you are right :')

May 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Pratyush.

This is definitely the biggest thing ever happened in History of Esperanto. I mean there are bigger things that happened in it's History but it is biggest thing when it's seen in light of number of people will join to this planned language. If I'm not wrong then, number of speakers will double or triple in next 4-5 years. : )

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo

Yes, I think the only thing that's comparable was the day the Esperanto flag was on the front page of Google. :)

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Pratyush.

I think it was when Esperanto was added in Google Translate.

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo

Looking up info on it, I see now that it was in 2009 to celebrate Esperanto Day (Dec 15). More details here: https://www.esperanto-usa.org/en/content/esperanto-day-google

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CraigHilde

I think the only thing that could top this, is if schools started offering Esperanto as a second language option. Anything to get more people interested and speaking it.

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jal

There's a programme in the UK, doing just this: http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/TEDxGranta-Tim-Morley-Springboa

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jal

And here's a link to the actual programme: http://www.springboard2languages.org

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CliffJonesJr

Thanks! Very cool.

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Jantoki

Espereble, tio okazos ;-)

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/keyeaen

I am glad to be witness to this moment and part of history as a new Esperanto speaker Czesc

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Deliciae

Yay! Congrats on the launch!

You weren't kidding when you were saying 'soon' yesterday. ;)

May 28, 2015

[deactivated user]

    A month after the twins were born (Ukrainian and Norwegian), The little baby Esperanto came out. When will mother Duo stop bothering the doctors (the incubators) and have all the babies (languages), so we can enjoy them all? :) Mother Duo is now expecting Hungarian and Russian!

    May 28, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Latcarf

    Did you mean "a week"?

    May 28, 2015

    [deactivated user]

      Mother Duo <-> Mother Russia? In all seriousness, great to see duolingo expanding so quickly, hopefully attracting even more budding language learners in the future!

      May 28, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/Erven.R

      This is somehow the weirdest thing and the funniest thing I have seen this morning! XD

      May 28, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/timelord4213

      cute analogy

      May 29, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/Plugghest

      Hah! What a great present for me on my birthday today. Even more motivation to get started on this language that I wanted to learn before I even knew about Duolingo! Thank you so much course contributors!!

      May 28, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

      Happy Birthday!

      May 28, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/Pratyush.

      Make sure that you enjoy today. Rarely anyone celebrate birthday by studying a language, but you will be doing it. Isn't it?

      May 29, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/xeno78

      Sounds like my kind of celebration ;)

      May 29, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/Swdreamk33

      Amazing :-)

      May 28, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/4of92000

      Wait, didn't you help build it?

      Edit: Yes, you did. Thanks for helping.

      May 28, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo

      Yep, he and I were the two people who started building the course... thanks for all your help Swdreamk33! :)

      May 28, 2015

      https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty

      THE ESPERANTO TEAM ROCKS!!!

      May 28, 2015

      [deactivated user]

        Thank you SO much amuzulo, except why did you have to put it in beta during the final exams! Lots of people love Esperanto, but can't exactly take it right now, because they have to take final exams. (sigh)

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo

        Sorry, should I move it offline until your exams are over? ;)

        May 29, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/Swdreamk33

        Yes I did :) But not anymore, as Chuck said ;) You are welcome :)

        May 30, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty

        NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO WAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY

        :OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

        I CAN'T BELIEVE IT OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! TODAY I'VE BEEN VERY BUSY SO I CHECKED IT ONLY AT THE START OF THE DAY, IT'S AMAZING!!!

        There I go!!!!!!!!!!

        EDIT after I calmed down: Excuse the spam xD

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/PolishMathew

        That's exactly what happened with me, I was too busy to keep checking if the course is available, and then in the evening, I just came to Duolingo to do some lessons, but I thought that I can check the Discussion and what do I see - Esperanto is available!!! :D So I started dancing :D

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty

        I should dance right now but I'm learning lessons! lol XDDD

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/PolishMathew

        I also should learn, but Esparanto is more important than Chemistry :P

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty

        ...........

        that made me remember something.......

        lol

        Gxis la revido!

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/viola_power

        dancing lessons :)

        May 29, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/effi2002

        Thanks Esperanto team!

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/Torsby

        Zamenhof would be proud, I suppose! :) At least I am, great job Team Esparanto!

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/Sycamore

        Excellent! I learned some Esperanto a while back but didn't keep it up, so I've been waiting for this to get back into it. Thanks & congrats to the team :D

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/Elorac72

        Mi ankaŭ.

        Very happy to see this - thanks to the Esperanto team and Duo for making this happen!

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/LaArakido

        En la mondon venis nova KURSO…!!!

        Explanation here

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/SteveLando

        We do all thank the Esperanto team!

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/Eey91

        Big congratulations to the team and I hope everyone who's been waiting for this course can enjoy it!

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/PonyDesu

        I want to thank you all people who contributed! Thank you, Esperanto team for making it possible for us to learn Esperanto!

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/wyqtor
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        Always glad to have a new language, even if I have no intention of learning it myself. Now that 3 slots are freed in the Incubator, It will be interesting to see which new languages will be filling them.

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/Pratyush.

        One will be Hindi, Next two is mystery. ; )

        May 29, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/susannahfaithc

        Congrats and thank you to the contributors! You're the best :)

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/Strawberfizzy

        I'm so happy! I started as soon as I saw! Thanks so much Esperanto team!

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/R-r-Leo

        "Varma kafo rapide iras al parko." is going to be another T-shirt blockbuster!

        Thanks to all contributors to this course.

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo

        Awww, I don't get why people are reporting this sentence as unnatural. The coffee just wants to enjoy the sun for a bit... More seriously I've really tried to avoid such sentences, but there is just so little vocabulary taught by this point, so this happens. :)

        May 29, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/R-r-Leo

        It's a brilliant sentence. The more unusual the example is, the easier it can be memorised. As for unnatural report option, I think it should be turned off for Esperanto: it's an artificial language, so there can't be 'natural' phrases :)

        May 29, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/Brianna..Lee

        YAY!! I just started and got the basics 1 done!! I am so excited!!! Thank you SOOOOO much!!

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/Another_Guy

        Thank you! I joined Duolingo especially to do this course to improve my knowledge of la bela lingvo.

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/LiamMcMurdo

        Congrats Team Esperanto!

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/mads-lime

        Good thing I've finished all my written exams today, lol. I just completed Basics 1 and I'm already liking it, so thank you so much Team Esperanto! :D

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/Camsbury

        I was waiting years for this. I am going to be active on Duolingo again because of this. :)

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/KenpoJoel

        Me too! I had quit using Duolingo for the last year but have been anxiously awaiting the Esperanto and Russian launches. Glad to be back again!

        May 29, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/compicej

        Al fin tenemos el tan anhelado curso de Esperanto. Felicidades por ese gran logro. Ahora a estudiar Esperanto, pues. :D

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty

        INCREÍBLE!

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/compicej

        Guido, ya tendremos otro idioma en común además del inglés y del español. Yupiiiii!!!!

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty

        Y más o menos el francés! :D

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/compicej

        Cierto, cierto. Y en un futuro no muy lejano, el italiano también :D

        May 28, 2015

        https://www.duolingo.com/xeno78

        Great, you guys decide to release it right before my finals week. :P Just kidding, this is great news! Thanks to everyone who contributed and I look forward to starting the tree once I'm finished with my exams :D

        May 28, 2015

        [deactivated user]

          I have a HUGE test tomorrow, I shall die!

          May 28, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

          Oh no! Esperanto will still be here for you when you come back after the test. No dying here! :o

          May 28, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/oskalingo

          No dying here! :o

          Is that an official promise? As long as we maintain our streak we won't ever die? ;)

          May 29, 2015

          https://www.duolingo.com/northernguy

          No doubt about it. It has been scientifically established that as long as your streak continues, that is proof that you are not dead no matter how bad you may be feeling. However, once your streak is discontinued all bets are off.

          Thanks to my streak I can clearly demonstrate that, no matter what it looked like to others or what they may have wished, I have not been dead even once these past two years.

          May 29, 2015

          [deactivated user]

            Thanks, but I haven't finished the Norwegian tree yet. Can't be a polyglot without finishing the tree!

            May 28, 2015

            https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo

            Yes, I agree with the others, please don't die!

            May 29, 2015

            https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex

            Same with me concerning the finals. You are not alone :-D

            May 28, 2015

            https://www.duolingo.com/aviskase

            Oh my... I'm trying to refresh school learned German and to learn French. So, here is just one question: how do you think, can I take Esperanto and not get confused? How much lexicon and grammar are similar to German & French? I'm especially concerned about French, I have a rough time grasping it =(

            May 28, 2015

            https://www.duolingo.com/sf2k

            Trust yourself. Your brain will figure it out. I read elsewhere that French students that took two months to learn Esperanto were better French speakers after two years, versus students that only studied French for two years. You're helping your brain. I can't find that particular study, but it's in keeping with other results of fast language aquisition as shown here on wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Propaedeutic_value_of_Esperanto

            May 28, 2015

            https://www.duolingo.com/lolaphilologist

            I went in to do "a lesson" out of curiosity and just started plowing through. It's really fascinating!

            May 28, 2015

            https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo

            Wow, awesome. I've been following you since who knows back when and now it feels an honor that you're doing a course I helped build. Enjoy the course!!

            May 29, 2015

            https://www.duolingo.com/aviskase

            Now this one sounds like a perfect justification to learn it =) I think my subconscious just wanted to hear someone's approval to not to feel guilty.

            May 28, 2015

            https://www.duolingo.com/sf2k

            Prepare for greatness!

            May 28, 2015

            https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN

            Check it out a little bit. It is way simpler than both of those. Verbs have the same ending for all pronouns. All singular nouns end in '-o' and plural adds '-j' for an English "-oy" sounding ending, with only an accusative form to add which only adds '-n'. Other parts of speech each end in their own letter. The language is phonetic, so that what you see is what you say - no mute letters and each letter has a specific sound.

            http://donh.best.vwh.net/Esperanto/rules.html

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esperanto_grammar

            http://www.forvo.com/search-eo/viro,%20viroj/

            http://esperanto-panorama.net/vortaro/eoen.htm

            On a side note, is there an Esperanto keyboard someone would recommend for when we are not on the lesson pages (which have the few special letters). Although I can copy and paste from the Character Map, I would like a version of the international keyboard that would let me put the ^ on the consonants that need them in this language.

            May 28, 2015

            https://www.duolingo.com/JeffA2

            To get the ^ you can use the US international keyboard. Use Right-Alt 6 then type the letter. â ô etc.

            May 28, 2015

            https://www.duolingo.com/yarjka

            On a mac, use US Extended: alt/opt + 6 will get the circumflex for ĝ, ŝ, etc..., and alt/opt + b will get the breve for ŭ.

            May 28, 2015

            https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN

            Let me try that: ¼ Oops! Right-Alt 6 gave me one-fourth symbol instead. I have the US international keyboard, but there must be an extended version somewhere. I can type Shift 6 and then the vowel for â, ê, î, ô, and û, but it won't work for consonants: ^s

            I tried Right Alt Shift 6 then S , but nothing happened and then I had S.

            May 28, 2015

            https://www.duolingo.com/JeffA2

            Yeah, I think that there are actually several slightly different US International layouts. I'm on fedora linux and the full layout description is "English (international AltGr dead keys)" For me Right Alt Shift 6 gives ¼. Right Alt 6 followed by any character gives the circumflex. ŝ ĉ ĝ â etc. ŭ is Right Alt Shift 9 followed by u.

            May 28, 2015

            https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN

            Oh look, someone has posted about this: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/8831852 I am going to try to install this Tajpi keyboard for Esperanto.

            May 28, 2015

            https://www.duolingo.com/JeffA2

            Replying to northernguy but already too many levels of reply:

            I can guarantee you that "Just about everybody on this board" is using the default keyboard layout that comes with their device/OS/locale.

            As for the three people actively participating in this particular subthread, I agree that we are all talking about slightly different layouts. That is what I was saying when I pointed out that there are several different layouts that may be labelled "US international" Because of this, I wasn't really trying to provide a fullproof, universal recipe for making a circumflex. I was just pointing out that there are keyboard layouts that allow one to comfortably produce all the diacritics and special characters for a fairly large set of European languages. Clearly each individual should have a look at what is provided on his/her computer or device and see what is most comfortable for him/her.

            May 29, 2015

            https://www.duolingo.com/northernguy

            JeffA2

            You are not using U.S. international keyboard configuration. You are talking about a completely different keyboard configuration from just about everybody on this board.

            May 28, 2015

            https://www.duolingo.com/aviskase

            Thanks! I remember bits of grammar from long-long ago attempt to learn it =) My main fear is word roots.

            As for the keyboard, on linux I'm using Compose key. And for win (possibly for mac too) there are several compose key emulators, like this one.

            May 28, 2015

            [deactivated user]

              Currently learning French and German in school, after reading up around the topic I think adding Esperanto to your checklist would honestly improve your skills in other languages, and is simple especially in comparison to a complex language such as German!

              May 28, 2015

              https://www.duolingo.com/niamhwitch

              WHAT?! YES!

              May 28, 2015

              https://www.duolingo.com/FluentPhoenician

              Jes, ĝi estas bela!!!!!!

              Danke für alle deine schwer Arbeit!

              May 28, 2015

              https://www.duolingo.com/Sparagmos

              I was originally not planning on learning it, but now that I've tried it, it is so easy! I have been able to guess correctly what most things mean without going over the word with my mouse when a word is first introduced.

              May 28, 2015

              https://www.duolingo.com/JaylowLimyah

              A huge thank you to everyone who made this possible, as well as Duolingo for not only allowing this wonderful thing to happen, but to let us experience it for free. I bet Zamenhof could not have imagined a learning platform like this in his wildest dreams! I'm so excited for this!! :D

              May 29, 2015

              https://www.duolingo.com/Suzannexm

              Yay!

              May 28, 2015

              https://www.duolingo.com/Vathn

              YES! Dankon duolingo. Thank you so much! I love the language! I've been waiting for so long!

              May 28, 2015

              https://www.duolingo.com/sf2k

              Yes! I went straight and finished the basics. Thank you Team Esperanto!

              May 28, 2015

              https://www.duolingo.com/lumisade

              Jes!!! :D Thank you so much for your work! I was waiting for this course since I didn't really like the concept of Lernu and all the other courses were rather boring and made me lose my motivation. I know that Duolingo will keep me motivated to finally learn Esperanto. I'll start right after I've finished my Norwegian tree!

              (Oh I'm so glad I've just written my final exams and now I have plenty of free time! Perfect timing, Duolingo :P)

              May 28, 2015

              [deactivated user]

                Ha, speaking of exams I'm in an unlucky spot, would love to put some time into Duolingo but gotta revise for exams in a couple weeks!

                May 28, 2015

                https://www.duolingo.com/lumisade

                Ohh but you can celebrate with Duolingo afterwards! In a couple of weeks the courses will be more stable, so... that's a little plus :D Wish you good luck!

                May 29, 2015

                https://www.duolingo.com/seanmcd33

                How many words does the course teach?

                May 28, 2015

                https://www.duolingo.com/Latcarf

                Almost 2000 roots, but using affixes you can get much more words (source: https://www.facebook.com/groups/464596177035738/permalink/465862906909065/)

                May 28, 2015

                https://www.duolingo.com/seanmcd33

                Thanks for the info! :)

                May 28, 2015

                https://www.duolingo.com/jdfromdublin

                Thanks to everyone who helped with the three new courses! :D

                May 28, 2015

                https://www.duolingo.com/PolishMathew

                To moderators and people who have completed the course: What can we expect after completing it? Will I be able to have a normal conversation about basic topics?

                May 28, 2015

                https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo

                I would guess so, but I can't guarantee it. At the least I'd say you should be able to read virtually any book in Esperanto. :) I'd be curious to hear how much of radio Muzaiko people can understand after completing the course!

                May 29, 2015

                https://www.duolingo.com/Plyze

                OMG SO HAPPY!

                May 29, 2015

                https://www.duolingo.com/Esperakantisto

                Vi bonegas! Gratulon al la kreintoj, provlegantoj kaj testantoj de ĉi tiu mirinda kursaro!

                You rock! Congratulations to the creators, proofreaders and testers of this marvellous course!

                May 29, 2015

                https://www.duolingo.com/OnesimusUnbound

                Is it not available in Android? I can't access it from my end :-(

                May 28, 2015

                https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

                Nope, as all the courses that go in to beta, they are only available on the web until it stabilizes a bit. Once it seems technically stable, it will show up on Android and iOS. :]

                May 28, 2015

                https://www.duolingo.com/OnesimusUnbound

                really? I was able to access german for spanish speakers seven months ago while it was in beta phase. Perhaps the said course is almost stable.

                Anyway, accessing the Esperanto course through DL's mobile site.

                May 28, 2015

                https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

                I said technically stable. It can be considered technically stable while still in beta. ;]

                May 28, 2015

                [deactivated user]

                  haha, being a regular mobile user I was almost worried reading this comment chain, didn't even think of using the browser on mobile... xD

                  May 28, 2015

                  https://www.duolingo.com/DetErMinNavn

                  Thank you!

                  May 28, 2015

                  [deactivated user]

                    Well was I looking forward to this. A shame I have to work more on French & German now for exams, but at least now I have some form of procrastination ^.^

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/KttyPrry

                    I mentally screamed after reading an email notif that Esperanto is now available here. Oh. My. God.

                    Until I discovered it's not yet available on the mobile app version. I cri

                    But heyooo, it's fine! YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME. Thank you for giving us this chance to learn this language!

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo

                    You can still learn it on your phone's browser. :)

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/JamesBulls

                    Just give it time :) All courses still in Beta are only available on the website. As soon as it clears Beta, you'll see it available on mobile, etc.

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

                    It should happen before it clears beta (see my other comment above) :]

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Erven.R

                    And I thought it was going to be later. Now I have to do this with Norwegian!

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/TheAmazingMr.Z

                    I love Esperanto! It is an amazing language and so easy to learn. I wish that world governments would have given it a chance and tried to make it a universal language like Zamenhof intended.

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/jzknuckles

                    But if we could all talk to each other more easily then world governments might have to stop blaming all their problems on immigrants and foreigners so much... ;)

                    May 30, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/purplewater

                    I like it because I feel like i'm in a secret society. No governments allowed. :)

                    May 30, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/yimantuwingyai

                    I had a dream last night where I went to a country in Europe in an alternate universe where they speak Esperanto. It looked a lot like Switzerland. I was just exchanging pleasantries in Esperanto with people who were walking along a mountain path.

                    June 1, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/HebrewLearner

                    YES! I've been waiting for so long! Thank you!

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/rhythmixed

                    So happy! Congrats and thanks to Team Esperanto! I got the email while in school and started freaking out I was so excited. I am ready to finish the tree!

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/EllieJaneHart95

                    Yes!! I'm so excited to learn, is anyone up for being like my learning buddy?

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/sf2k

                    wow, I was the 42nd person?! who joined and now it's already past 1300! This is going to ROCK!

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/AidanJohns4

                    Does anyone know when the three new languages (Norwegian, Ukrainian, and Esperanto) will be released onto the mobile edition?

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/LaArakido

                    Yes they will, but only after a while (maybe a couple of months) when they are a little more stable.

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/AbigailLouD

                    I'm a so excited Esperanto is here!

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

                    For once, the notification worked to tell me this course is finally in beta!

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

                    Notifications are sent out a little while after the course graduates to beta (not immediately). We make sure there are no apparent issues right after the release, and only then send them out (could be a couple of hours or a couple of days, depending). If you start the course before they are sent, you won't get one. So they are indeed working, we just don't want to spam you if you already know. =]

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/KuboF

                    Hu ra! Now I have to quickly finish the Polish tree (in fact, English for Polish speakers, but you understand :] to fully immerse into Esperanto!

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/PolishMathew

                    So you are learning English? :D

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/KuboF

                    Officially it is course of English. But in fact I am using it to learn Polish :-P

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/PolishMathew

                    I am Polish, so if you want some help I can be useful :D

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/KuboF

                    Dzięki! Mam już dużo przyjaciel polaków i przez całe lato będę w Polsku tak mam nadzieję, że coś się nauczę ;-) Jak by coś, zapytam cie; i ty mnie możesz zapytać o esperanto.

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/stormclouds101

                    YIPPPEE!!! I love this language! Simple but yet constructed to perfection! Just beautiful. .. ;)

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/ADSharpe

                    Thank you Team Esperanto for all your hard work :D Now I can learn Norwegian, Ukrainian and Esperanto over the summer!

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/DanLastnam

                    This amazing website and community continues to grow thank you everyone who made this happen.

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/TrekkieBen

                    Thank you so much Esperanto team! I wonder when Klingon is coming out... It can't be as late as next year.

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/l.l.zamenhof

                    Huzzah!

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/NicolasDC

                    I was anxiously awaiting the email, and it finally came during science class. I gasped out loud, and yelled,"Yes!" Needless to say, I got very weird looks...

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/TheQueenZerelda

                    Scrolling through discussions Wait, what? Click .......YEAH!!!!! WHOOO!!! YEAH!!!!!!!

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Suanyp

                    I could not be more excited!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ESPERANTO!!!!!!! I did basic 1 and I don't wanna stop!!!! Thank you Duolingo! You change my life everyday!

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Brijsven

                    Pleasurable overload of new courses! Such a beautiful month this has been ^_^

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/KristenDQ

                    Not really sure what Esperanto is, but I'll be a good sport and give it a go after I finish my Italian, Irish, and Portriguese courses! Could someone please explain in more detail what Esperanto is and how it can be used?

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Foudeb
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                    It is the most widely spoken artificial language out there. It's meant to be easier to learn than regular languages - no exceptions, and the grammar is designed to be as easy as can be. Verbs tend to have only one ending, for instance, that doesn't depend on the subject. You can try learning it in parallel with your existing trees - after an hour of wrestling with Irish an esperanto lesson will no doubt feel wonderfully refreshing.

                    The reasoning being that if, no matter how much effort you pour into Italian, you won't be as good as a native Italian speaker - so you would be at disadvantage in a conversation. Or vice-versa if you speak English with them. Of course that doesn't matter if you're planning holidays or ordering ice-cream, but imagine for instance an Israeli and a Palestinian negotiating a peace agreement. Speaking Hebrew or Arabic would give one party a big, unfair advantage as it would place the entire conversation on someone's cultural and linguistic home ground at the expense of the other partner. And using a third language, like English, puts the burden on both parties to learn a complex language with lots of irregularities and exceptions, that has its own cultural background that you have to learn about too if you want to use it adequately. Esperanto is (almost) no one's native language, so when we speak it we are all equals. And it's very easy to learn.

                    Dr. Zamenhof, who invented esperanto, thought that everyone being able to communicate in a language that's culture-neutral was the one solution to war, pogroms, conflicts etc. Nowadays these ideals are still very much a motivation, but more practically it's a way to connect easily with people and a good first step to learning their language. If you live in a decent-sized town you might have esperanto meet-ups, if you want to travel look up esperanto travel sites - you might find a friendly couch to sleep on and someone to talk to in an otherwise foreign country.

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Ontalor

                    This was an excellent explanation, bravo!

                    May 30, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Foudeb
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                    Dankon :)

                    June 1, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/KristenDQ

                    Thanks a bunch, that really helped! I can't wait to start learning it now!

                    May 30, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Foudeb
                    • 2154

                    Good luck!

                    June 1, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Scriptease

                    Mi šatas esperanto! Dankon duolingo!

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/LaPingvino

                    *ŝatas Esperanton ;)

                    June 1, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Scriptease

                    You are right but is the only special s i have on my ipad keyboard ;-)

                    We need the special characters button for comments here too!!

                    June 1, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/ashbolt

                    I am looking forward to giving this a try.

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/xobox3

                    Gratulojn kaj dankon pro via laboro! Ĉu aliulo ĉi tie, kiu jam finigis la kurson? :P

                    May 30, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/phdmonster

                    Hello! Will there be a "Words" section for Esperanto like the other languages? It is really handy for exercising and instead of keeping tons of notes.

                    May 30, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/modology

                    Really like the language, I just have one quick suggestion, would be nice if I can click on each word to pronounce that word for me. Currently when I click on each word, it only provides translation

                    May 31, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Dorothy1234

                    I wish Russian were here. But it looks like that's what's coming up next!

                    June 1, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/MultiLinguAlex

                    YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was SO looking forward to doing this course!

                    Thanks a bunch, Team Esperanto, for spoiling my final exams now because I MUST do your course =( Just kidding, you guys are awesome. Thank you thank you thank you =)

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/4of92000

                    No kidding.

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/vikungen

                    Last exam tommorow, course got released today, well ❤❤❤❤!

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/rachael.cr3

                    A nice reward, then!

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/CliffJonesJr

                    Have you noticed how this thread has a lot of people studying pretty much everything they can get their hands on and screwing up DL's formatting with all their badges?

                    June 1, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/fr224

                    YESperanto!

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/LaArakido

                    JESperanto!!

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/TrisBp

                    Mi tute samopinias

                    May 31, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/NebelLeben

                    Mi estas felicxa kaj mi sxatas gxin cxar nun mi povas lerni esperanton cxi tie. YESperanto ;)

                    May 30, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/CNDragn

                    Dankon! Mi amas vi Duolingo!!! <3

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/linguafiqari

                    Mi amas vin :)

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/CNDragn

                    That dang accusative -n gets me everytime! Thank you.. heres a lingot! hehe!

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo

                    Here's a lingot for appreciating someone correcting you online. :)

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Stelliger

                    Amazing. That's a language I've never thought of learning but I will give it a try! ;)

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/eliyazdi

                    I have been waiting for this for so long!

                    Thank you Duolingo for everything that you do, and thank you to the contributors for making this course possible!

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/RickyFelts

                    I've been waiting for this course for soooo long! I love it! I can't wait until I'm thinking in Esperanto. To everyone that contributed, mi volas diri al vin dankon multa! Mi amas Esperonton kaj mi tre ekscitita!

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Maanlufsen

                    So very, very happy about this one. I've played with Esperanto a bit with other books and courses but didn't get too deep. I'm excited about following up my recently finished Swedish tree with some Esperanto :)

                    One minor nitpick... any particular reason why the lessons don't accept the x system for the special characters?

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo

                    Yes, there are technical reasons and they're complicated. Unfortunately all I personally could do was pester their developers about it, and don't worry I did that quite thoroughly. ;)

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Maanlufsen

                    I see. Well, your efforts are certainly appreciated. Thank you so much!

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/nahlene

                    Congrats, and thank you for the dev team, have been waiting for this for almost a year!!!

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/bMiMMs

                    I'm so excited!

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/AMunozO

                    Yaaaaaaaay! :D

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/yamtarda

                    Pardon? I'm rather busy doing the Esperanto course :P

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/kris_sum

                    yes it is finally and i am happy !! thank you very much !! =)))

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/TuLaim

                    Yes! I've been waiting for MONTHS!

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/PyroNewman

                    Thank you team Esperanto for all the effort you put into this course!

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Kev.Contre

                    Hooray!

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/ReidHT

                    This is awesome! I might try this course out!

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/vacker13

                    yes finally I been waiting for so long. I even check this morning and nothing came back and here it is. Thank you team Esperatnto.....

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Isrianth

                    Thank you so much for this course Team Esperanto!

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/WildMoonstone

                    when I heard that it was easy to learn, I was very happy and couldn't wait to try it out!! Thank you to the contributors for their time spent on this!!!!

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Faalke

                    YAY! I've been waiting...

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/pmyt

                    You've done a good job, thanks a lot Team Esperanto :) I am really happy.

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/RomanDrozd

                    It's about damn time

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/maavera

                    SO MANY COURSES! (I'm convinced ya'll are trying to kill me) But yay Esperanto! And thanks to the hardworking team!

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/tfigueira

                    Thanks! Thanks for that! I was expecting it for a long time! Thank you all Esperanto team, i have no works to express my gratitude...

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/CatherinGregory

                    Having finished Italian .... I was so waiting for this. Thank you Esperanto team. You rock.

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/rts25604

                    Words cannot describe how happy I am! Literally made my day!

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/DungeonKnitter

                    Will it be available on the Android app soon?

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/JamesBulls

                    It'll be available as soon as it clears Beta and is declared stable. After that it'll show up in the list of available languages for phones/tablets/etc.

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/DungeonKnitter

                    Thanks for that information!

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/zmjb1

                    I was wondering the same thing.

                    May 31, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Dumoc

                    Oh my gosh, I've been waiting soooo long ! I seriously cannot contain my exitement.

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/KevanSF

                    Fun, thanks!

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/crlight

                    Dang it! I was gonna finish Dutch in a few days just in time to put all of my effort into this; now I'm gonna be a little behind! ;(

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/vanBaritone

                    Same here! I need to finish 30 exercises of Dutch before I can start on Esperanto.

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/crlight

                    I only have four left so I guess it could be worse. I started Esperanto anyway so that I would be too behind. Good luck on finishing Dutch! :D

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/vanBaritone

                    Dank je wel/Dankon! And good luck to you too!

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/crlight

                    Dankon. :)

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo

                    Tja, dat is wel een goede idee. Veel succes met je Nederlands en ik hoop je spoedig in de Esperanto cursus te zien! :)

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/crlight

                    Dank je. Ik heb al de Esperanto cursus begonnen omdat ik niet zou kunnen wachten. Maar ik zal nog op zondag mijn Nederlands curus voltooien. En dank je wel voor de Esperanto cursus maken. From what I've seen so far it's a really well-made and thought out course.

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo

                    Dankjewel... ik moet ook mijn Nederlands beter te maken, maar ik heb nu te veel met deze Esperanto cursus te doen. :)

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/lotownsend

                    Thank you so much for all the hard work!

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/KenpoJoel

                    Very pleased and impressed so far. Great job! Thank you to all the contributors. I am excited to see the course finally launch!

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/SilasCouto

                    I will seriously finish this in a month! Can it teach enought with this small amount of units?

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/northernguy

                    I think you might slow down a little bit when Duo moves from structuring sentences in Anglo friendly patterns and starts displaying them in the less familiar patterns available in Esperanto.

                    Eg: right now they are showing you

                    I hit the ball

                    It could just as easily be: the ball hit I or even ball I hit. Subject and object are determined by small spelling changes not position in the sentence. English speakers find it a challenge to rapidly find the object and subject in complex sentences. Easy to make a mistake.

                    At least, that is how it is for me.

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/SilasCouto

                    Let's hope not! i'm not a native english speaker and my native language has all sorts of spelling changeslike that! i'll pay attention to your advice and slow down if i have to, though. Thanks for the adivice!

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/northernguy

                    I didn't mean you should slow down. Quite the opposite, go full bore until you are forced to slow down. But as you seem to understand, determining parts of speech by their position is easier than detecting the presence of absence of a single letter.(especially if you are not used to doing it that way)

                    A couple of comments lead me to believe that Duo may have chosen to stick with Subject/Verb/Object order that western European languages employ. They are encouraging students to report false negatives because of altered word order to help them improve the program.

                    It they did, it would make sense. Even using conventional S.V.O. examples can sometimes provide hundreds of possible correct answers for a given example. Better to get the beta out the door and let the user base supply correct alternatives which can be applied as needed.

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Jessica_mH

                    Thank you so much for all the hard work!

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/keyeaen

                    I am very pleased that Esperanto is finally in Beta. Es ist einfach perfekt! Czesc

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/bjoholm

                    thank you so much.

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Foudeb
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                    WHOOOHOOOO!

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/FionaRankine

                    Dankon!

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Aros1234

                    Yay! Thank you for Esperanto course. >o< I've waited it for a long time. ^^

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/purplewater

                    yay i'm so hype. Now I can finally learn. I just wish meetup groups were bigger.

                    May 30, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/northernguy

                    To get an idea of just how good Duo's teaching method is try ...learnu.... for learning Esperanto. In my experience five minutes on Duo is roughly equivalent to one hour or more on learnu.

                    If you post on a thread that is shorter and more likely to be read by a lot of people, you will probably get a lot of suggestions about meetups etc. Even better, start your own thread for just that purpose.

                    May 30, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/purplewater

                    oooh okay , but I meant meetup.com language exchanges. Okay, well when I finish the lessons i will post for an exchange. Thank you!

                    May 30, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/LaPingvino

                    Esperantists meet up since way before meetup.com, so the way they do it usually excludes meetup.com. That doesn't mean we don't meet up though ;). Join the Facebook groups (nowadays there is one for every country) and look through the lists of events :).

                    June 1, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/bastling

                    i don't know why I can't open the practices on this website, (but the app works fine), I have tried with explorer,safari and Google chrome, every time it comes to the practice, nothing but blank is showing in front of me..... It's just me or other people in China has to use VPN too to learn Esperanto on Duolingo.

                    May 30, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/bastling

                    @amuzulo

                    May 30, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/LaPingvino

                    Quite possible the GFW is in the way, but no way to check of course. Maybe also check if you don't block flash and javascript?

                    June 1, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/bastling

                    checked everything. im pretty sure it is the wall that is in the way now!!-.-

                    June 2, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/LaPingvino

                    Maybe see if tor gets around it...

                    June 2, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo

                    I checked with a friend in Beijing and he said he could access it. Sorry I can't help more. :(

                    June 2, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Svedalaren

                    Dankon! Esperanto estas tre mojosa lingvo.

                    May 30, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Orangealoha

                    So happy! I've been wanting to learn this language since I was a little kid... glad it get to do it now!! :)

                    May 31, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/SpanishWhiz

                    Vi luli = You rock. Thanks team!

                    May 31, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/jal

                    Thank you Team Esperanto!

                    May 31, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/KeiraRams

                    Thank you! Im going to start work next time I can.

                    June 1, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/BETTER_THAN_YOU

                    booo joking

                    June 1, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/trainpilot

                    Thank you and well done Esperanto team!

                    June 1, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/vivisaurus

                    Keepon!

                    June 1, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/flyinhawaiian_3

                    For anyone who wants to do it on mobile but can't since its in beta. I found a work around. Just go to duolingo on your web browser I found chrome works best and sign in and it works! Just not as nice as app but gets job done!

                    June 1, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/kingthatcher

                    Does it accept erratic word order? I like to keep my sentences weird. EDIT: It doesn't :( sad. Ne estas mi felicxa...

                    But, thank you team Esperanto! :D So excited for this!

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo

                    If it had, the course would've taken months longer to develop. We accept erratic word orders in reports though. :)

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/seanmcd33

                    Are there any plans to modify the course to accept erratic word order in the future?

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/idshanks

                    It's in his reply: they accept it via reports. When you find your word order isn't accepted, submit it via reports and over time they can incorporate it more fully into the course.

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/seanmcd33

                    Thank you, I hadn't understood that was what he meant. :)

                    May 31, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/JamesBulls

                    Hura! Esperanto cxe Duolona fine alvenis!

                    May 28, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/steinenbronn

                    Thank you for this course and your hard work to make it possible for us to learn

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Pickle1

                    Dankon! I just started learning it and love it!

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/hedobald

                    koran dankon!

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/WillianBorderes

                    Thank you so much! I've just started the course and I'm amazed at how easy Esperanto is to learn! :)

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/faust.twi

                    guys, you totally ignored single form of "you" :( malbona ago.

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Esperakantisto

                    Do you mean "ci"? That is a bit of a 19th-century relic, I think. I never see the word in current Esperanto literature. Nowadays, "vi" is used interchangeably for second-person singular and second-person plural.

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/faust.twi

                    then esperantists have to invent more modern word for single form. it's a shame when planned language doesn't allow to divide such simple things.

                    i see a big influence of english in esperanto btw :(

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Latcarf

                    Why are you suggesting it for Esperanto and not for English?

                    Esperanto started as an artificial language but now it’s used by many thousands of people all over the world, suggesting any change is as meaningless as suggesting a change in English

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/faust.twi

                    because english can't be good. it's natural language. as for esperanto - it's a huge waste of planned language potential. and it's not meaningless. things have to become better. it's called progress.

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Latcarf

                    Well, it’s too late, Esperanto is a natural language too now in the sense that nobody can unilaterally change it. And yes it’s not perfect but we still can’t change it (and I doubt it would be even possible to design a "perfect" language anyway)

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/faust.twi

                    nah. i think we can change it. just speak ci instead of vi when you speak with single person. it's easy. changing alphabet is more hard - we may need tens of years to get enough support. and even after that it will be useless until original alphabet die. i would say esperanto hardly needs rolling release verison if you understand me.

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/faust.twi

                    probably you can advice me some forks? (besides ido)

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Latcarf

                    But then we could change English as well, just say "thou" instead of singular "you" and that’s it, right?

                    And why would you want to change the alphabet of Esperanto?

                    You could look into Lojban. It has nothing to do with Esperanto but it’s a constructed language designed to have a nonambiguous grammar (but of course there are many many many more people using Esperanto to communicate than Lojban)

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/faust.twi

                    didn't know about thou. thanks for help. esperanto alphabet sucks because i have to use 3 layouts. even 2 of them make me damn my first language. and now it's like a hell.

                    who cares about number of language users? if i would care i wouldn't try esperanto as well. or linux. it would be a sad life full of limits.

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Latcarf

                    Don’t take it wrong but it’s not the alphabet that sucks, it’s your keyboard layout. I only use one layout for English, French, Portuguese, German, Esperanto and Swedish (and I could write many more languages).

                    The number of speakers matters if you want to use the language in order to communicate with people. If you just want to learn it because it’s fun to learn a language, then indeed the number of speakers do not matter.

                    And Linux doesn’t have much to do with it, because it’s not used to communicate with people (you can use a Linux computer to communicate with someone with a different OS)

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/faust.twi

                    i doubt such monstrous layout is same ergonomic as 26 symbols of latin alphabet.

                    "in order to communicate with people" exactly. i learned english and espanol for this. not esperanto.

                    "And Linux doesn’t have much to do with it, because it’s not used to communicate with people" you didn't get it. of course linux is os and not language.

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Latcarf

                    It’s not a monstruous layout at all, it’s actually a layout designed to be ergonomic (it’s called "bépo", it’s like Dvorak but for French) and at the same occasion they added all necessary characters needed to type in every European language.

                    I don’t know if you’re aware of that but the qwerty layout has been especially designed to be antiergonomic because if you type too fast on a typewriter it will lock up, so they designed a layout as crazy as possible so that it’s very hard to type conveniently.

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

                    then esperantists have to invent more modern word for single form.

                    Why?

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/faust.twi

                    no. right question is why we say he/she instead of they. or i instead of we.

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/flootzavut

                    Um, no, not really.

                    Lots of people use they as synonymous with he/she, especially if there's uncertainty about the gender of the person in question.

                    Moreover, lots of languages get by expressing these things in different ways or not making the same differentiations even that English does. Similarly, many languages make differentiations that English (and Esperanto) doesn't. How about inclusive and exclusive we, for example?

                    In English, and in Esperanto, we get along fine with one form for you/vi. If thou and ci have fallen out of use, it's likely because it didn't get used much.

                    If you want a singular form for you, one exists. I dare say most serious Esperantists would recognise it, even if they don't use it. And thousands of people are using the language just fine without out it.

                    So I ask again, why create a new word when 1) a perfectly serviceable word exists and 2) demonstrably, people are getting on just fine without it anyway, even though it exists if they wanted to use it?

                    That is my question, and you don't seem to have an answer... because telling me I'm asking the wrong question? Not an answer.

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/faust.twi

                    "Lots of people" and she is not right.

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/tyler020

                    yea

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/isa--c

                    thx

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/mjb5194

                    who hir like football

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/kertu9
                    • 1706

                    thank you / elkoran dankon

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Username899

                    guys here is a nice story to read on your free time here is the link http://www.thefrenchexperiment.com/stories/threepigs/

                    if u like the story feel free to give me a lingot and if you dont like to if you want give me a lingot anywass!!!!!

                    sorry for bad english

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty

                    Lingvo internacia!!!

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/flyinhawaiian_3

                    Is it just me or does the voice recording here sound like that on lernu? Just curious. Sounds amazing either way!!! Thanks for all your hard work Esperanto team!!!! I'm in love with the course!!

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Tokelau

                    Yay Esperanto! I'm going try it out now!

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Bladi13

                    After Italian I will learn this language to better my language learning ability. Good luck everyone

                    May 29, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/limonflora

                    The Zamenhof busk is perfect for the avatar :-D

                    May 30, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/antspants01

                    Dankon Teamon Esperanton! Mi tre ŝatas tiun lingvon ĉar la gramatiko estas tre facila. Mi esperas ke mi povas flue komprenas ĝin frue.

                    May 30, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/LongHenry

                    weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee esperanto heheehehe! its the best! ever!

                    May 30, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/leonig01

                    Dankon, thankon, merciton, spasibon, todabon, tackon, gracion, shukranon ... I can keep the list going :)

                    May 30, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/--J--jr.

                    Yee Haaw !!

                    May 30, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Suanyp

                    I'm in love by Esperanto!!!

                    May 31, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/TrisBp

                    You should add an immersion tab for EO too. ;)

                    May 31, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/neonpossum

                    Ahhh I'm so excited to start this! I love Esperanto!

                    May 31, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/8nicholas8

                    I like the course, but one thing that would be very useful is if you could, at any stage in the course, be able to download the vocabulary so that you could enter it into a program like anki or something for long term review to really ingrain it in your long term memory and practice retrieval. I mean I could go back through everything I learned so far and copy the vocab word by word but that's sort of tedious esp. since I didn't think to do it initially. So having the ability to get the vocab at any given point would be convenient.

                    May 31, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/northernguy

                    You can get Esperanto decks downloaded from Anki. The vocab is at about the same level. Also use Memrise for Esperanto. Memrise even has vocab programs specifically for Duo French. I don't know about other languages though.

                    That way all you have to copy from Duo are those sentences that illustrate some tricky grammar point. To get those, just open up the first lesson in each group where Duo has the tips and notes section. Their basic grammar points come with illustrative examples right there in the notes.

                    May 31, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/zmjb1

                    If you want to try your newly learned skills or just practice Esperanto, come join at www.freenode.net ##Esperanto.

                    If my post is inappropriate or violates the forum rules, sorry and please delete.

                    May 31, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/northernguy

                    I don't see how it would be inappropriate. It is a chat room presumably built around Esperanto. Someone might post inappropriate content but that is a risk with any chat room. You have to open up your on board security programs to allow irc. (which I don't) but again that is true for any chat room.

                    June 1, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/phdmonster

                    I have a question... Since the words database in the Esperanto course is not very big. Can you suggest another sounce of dictionary-like style that we can use? I am asking because i googled a bit and i found a few places where a word means something and at another site it means something completely different - lastly i loaded Google translator which gave the same word a 3rd different meaning! (i can't find dictionaries like Oxford Eng-German ones that are 1000 pages)

                    June 1, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/macwa

                    Try the lernu.net site. It has a dictionary on the side.

                    June 1, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/phdmonster

                    Thank you :-)

                    June 2, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/1232AM

                    I'm really thankful and I appreciate your hard work. You guys are awesome.

                    June 1, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Syrellis

                    WHOO! ~Happy Day~ :D

                    Although, not sure if I should put my German studies on hold, try them side by side or wait till I'm advanced enough with the first one... .__.

                    In any case, Thanks so much for all your hard work and dedication, you wonderful contributor peeps! ^^

                    This should keep me busy until Russian & Japanese are added x)

                    June 1, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/minties

                    thank you so much

                    June 1, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/macwa

                    I really needed to pace myself. Or else I would have been half way through the course already. Good job team!

                    June 1, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/BramL

                    My language bar is becoming faily full.. lol. But I'll try to learn this too!

                    June 1, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Butono14

                    Multe Dankon! Mi amas gxin!

                    June 2, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/willzavinistheon

                    who are you

                    June 2, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/lovepeacehopelen

                    hey

                    June 2, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/AnonymousKitten

                    Thank you so much! I am thoroughly enjoying this easy-to-learn language!

                    June 2, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/blakedore1212

                    Cool can I have lingots

                    June 2, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/macocancinos

                    THANK YOU. NOW WE THING FOR DUOLINGO. ESPERANTO FOR SPANISH (GRACIA. AHORA PENSAR PARA DUOLINGO. ESPERANTO PARA ESPAÑOL)

                    July 23, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Dorothy1234

                    Esparanto? It's not really that widely used, is it? After all, it's a made-up language, so why learn it?! And of course the Klingon course is just trash.

                    June 1, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Latcarf

                    Irish isn’t widely used either (about the same number of speakers as Esperanto worldwide), is much more complicated to learn and doesn’t allow you to connect to any "previously inaccessible" person given that virtually every Irish speaker also speaks fluent English (which isn’t the case at all for Esperanto, of course).

                    Does that mean that Irish is even more useless?

                    June 1, 2015

                    https://www.duolingo.com/Username899

                    Don't have time to read the whole string - so maybe someone said this already, but a website I love is Off QC. http://offqc.com/ He posts about Quebecois French, sometimes citing differences between Parisian French and Quebec French. Great for learning about idioms. I should add: occasionallythe posts are about off-colour slang (from songs, signs, bar conversations overheard - all appropriately in context) - so if you are easily offended, skip it. You can also find him on Facebook, if that's easier. He posts a link to his blog, so you know when a new blog post is up, if you set that page to notify you.

                    Also if you like this feel free to give me a lingot!!!

                    May 30, 2015
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