https://www.duolingo.com/MrMorley3

Duo goes to Esperantoland!

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Some of Duo's friends saw that an "Esperanto for English Speakers" course had just been launched, and they asked him what the point of learning Esperanto might be. They thought nobody ever spoke the language.

Duo had already read that learning Esperanto first can help with other languages, and had even seen a TEDx talk about it, but in order to discover what people actually do with the language itself, Duo took a trip to Esperantoland to get first-hand (or first-wing) impressions.

Why not visit Esperantoland yourself?

Now Esperantoland, or Esperantio, has no territory of its own, but Duo discovered its people and culture. Every place where Esperanto is spoken is a part of Esperantoland, but the big meetings are said to be the most fun!

Duo did not travel alone, but as a part of an international group (known as a karavano) that grew in number as they travelled through different European countries. They used local trains so it took some time, but they were talking, singing and having fun on the way, and when they finally arrived, everyone was already in a festive mood.

The first evening of an Esperanto event is usually spent getting to know the other participants.

For some people, this is their first Esperanto event! Duo enjoyed meeting some very interesting people. Also, there were some volunteers, known as "angels," that took care of the newbies all week long.

During the day, there were language courses: Esperanto for beginners, and local language(s) too. An Esperanto lesson at the *Somera Esperanto-Studado*

And that’s not all: there were craft workshops, ukulele playing, painting, and more. Everyone could share their knowledge and learn from others.

Duo also participated in interesting discussions about hot topics, organised by the World Esperanto Youth Organisation ("TEJO").

Photo CC BY-SA Łukasz Żebrowski, taken in Havana, Cuba during the 2010 World Congress of Esperanto

Several excursions provided an opportunity for more traditional sightseeing.

For the times when the weather was not inviting to go outside, Esperanto speakers turned out to be board games lovers. Photo CC BY Martin Schmitt https://flic.kr/p/bBGr9m

Although the name "alligator place" sounded scary, this turned out to be an occasion for people to meet to speak languages other than their mother tongue(s) or Esperanto. Duo enjoyed practicing a lot of languages in a short amount of time!

The evenings were filled with concerts. Duo loved dancing to Esperanto rock music as much as listening to melancholic folk. And the party went on into the night after the gigs, in the bar and the disco.

Photo CC BY-SA Łukasz Żebrowski, taken in Santa Cruz del Norte, Cuba during the 2010 International Esperanto Youth Congress ("IJK")

After so much drinking and dancing, Duo needed a break, What could be a better place for Duo than the nightly tea room (which is actually called "the owl's nest" (“La Gufujo”) in Esperanto) — a room only lit by candlelight was the right setting for more quiet moments. There, he felt at home. Photo CC BY-SA, by flickr user germondano https://flic.kr/p/5PSGkW

It would be a pity to leave this wonderful meeting without having something to remember about Esperantoland. Luckily there was a book fair where Duo could not only buy interesting books in Esperanto but also t-shirts and CDs with Esperanto music he heard during the concerts that week. *Photo CC BY-SA, by flickr user germondano https://flic.kr/p/5PSGkW*

The last evening is the international evening. This is when all the participants can get on stage and perform, like music or a sketch. Also, Duo learned more about upcoming Esperanto events. The next day meant saying goodbye to all these new found friends and travelling back home.

During the first days afterwards, Duo was suffering from the "post Esperanto meeting syndrome", meaning he was sad and missed his new friends from Esperantoland.

However, he cured himself by looking at photos and videos taken during the week and listening to radio Muzaiko and to Varsovia Vento, an Esperanto podcast.

Duo jam sopiras sian sekvan viziton al Esperantio! If only the next holidays would come sooner!

Start learning today with Duolingo!

Then visit Esperantoland yourself

May 29, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/Trang.
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Lovely post, here are few lingots for your awesome work =)). Have you checked out the course?

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MrMorley3
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Thank you! I haven't tried the course yet, but I'm looking forward to it. :) I'm already a fluent Esperanto speaker, but I'd like to evaluate the Duolingo course anyway.

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ludoviko2013
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Maybe we should mention "Pasporta Servo", http://www.pasportaservo.org/ , a list of Esperanto speaking people where you may stay overnight (like Servas or CouchSurfing).

Quite often there is an unofficial "Pasporta Servo" :) You just get to know someone in a meeting and you stay with him or her for some days after the meeting... (Yes, a sleeping bag is essential for Esperanto travels...)

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MrMorley3
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You know what, we really should have mentioned la Pasporta Servo in the story (especially because it was the big thing that got me hooked in the first place!)

Well, here it is guys: http://www.pasportaservo.org/

It's like CouchSurfing, only ours hasn't been bought out by venture capitalists, and ours still works. ;)

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ludoviko2013
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Luckily it is allowed to use Esperanto on Skype :-D
Sometimes nice as a cure for the "Post-renkontiĝa sindromo".

May 29, 2015

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Great, that's where he was! Linked to it in a recent post. :]

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Isrianth
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Great post. Thank you!

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/sneakybeakybud

Wait a minute, if Esperanto can help with learning other languages, how much will it help me with Greek?

May 29, 2015

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I completely agree about the propaedeutic effect. I studied English 10 years without any success, I couldn't even say simple things, after Esperanto all of a sudden it became clear how languages function and what i was doing wrong. Now you can see that I finally speak English but it happened only after I began to speak Esperanto.

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/vikungen

It will help you, not that much on the vocabulary, but a lot about how languages function. Especially if this is the first foreign language you're learning.

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

May 29, 2015

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Well, I took Ancient Greek (19 hours of it) in college, and... I think it will help! For one thing, Esperanto -- from what I've learned, I'm only level 3 so far! -- is clear enough as to parts of speech by word construction that word order is not rigid; for example I've already gotten a sentence in which they sneakily reverse the order to Object-Verb-Subject. Reading the discussion on that one I learned that indeed Esperanto can definitely be ordered according to emphasis, importance, or just poetic need -- very very true of Ancient Greek and I wouldn't be surprised if that's still true of the modern language. So yes... I think there's some useful training there!

May 30, 2015

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Awwww this is fantastic! :D

May 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MrMorley3
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Dankon!

May 30, 2015

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It took a while for the penny to drop, but I finally realised I've seen your Esperanto videos on YouTube!

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MrMorley3
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Ah yes, there are one or two. (I sneaked in a cheeky link to one of them at the top of this article). ;)

June 1, 2015

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Hah, sneaky indeed - well done that man ;)

June 1, 2015

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Besides much fun with good-crazy people, half day "real life" language courses, too: http://ses.ikso.net (in Slovakia, 11-19 july 2015, next one only 2017)

May 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/StrapsOption
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Wonderful. Essentially a sovereign state without land. It has been added to the directory.

June 10, 2015

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Esperantejo = la tuta mondo ;)

May 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/VicenteFauli

Amazing!!

July 9, 2016
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