https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JohnD62

Local Esperanto Groups

You've been zooming through those Esperanto lessons (denove, multajn dankojn al la kreintoj de la kurso), isn't the next step to find some nearby Esperantists with whom you can try out your new Esperanto skills?

I've seen a couple posts on groups in specific areas (Atlanta and someone looking for other people in San Antonio), but it might make sense for those of us who are in local groups, or who are hoping for a local group, to make one central area for this.

If you're in a group, or hoping to form a group, please post here.

June 7, 2015

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

I have a group in the Las Cruces/El Paso area http://www.meetup.com/Rio-Grande-Esperanto-Meetup/

June 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JohnD62

And I'll start my own discussion by owning up to being the coordinator for a group that meets in Orange County, California (though we have members in L.A. and Riverside counties as well). Our next meeting is June 13, and we meet just about every month. If you're interested, please contact me.

June 7, 2015

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

Is the current entry for Orange County OK? Anything to add or edit? http://esperanto-usa.org/en/content/southwest

June 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JohnD62

It's great! Nothing to add or edit at the current time.

June 30, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jonathangrant00

Any users in the NE GA area?

June 7, 2015

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

Where in NE GA are you? There has from time to time been a group in Athens. We have also had people drive from across the state to come to our Atlanta meetings...

June 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jonathangrant00

Up near the South Carolina line, 85 area.

June 9, 2015

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

I'll see if there is anything going on in Athens...

June 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jonathangrant00

Thanks!!!!

June 10, 2015

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

Is the information for Georgia OK? Anything to add or edit? http://esperanto-usa.org/en/content/southeast

June 20, 2017

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

I tried setting up a meetup group & found that I would have to pay money to them, even if nothing ever happened. I'd almost rather go the route of putting an ad in the phone book.

June 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JohnD62

I would love to hear success stories about Meetup. I tried to spark Esperanto interest with it and found it an expensive failure.

June 10, 2015

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

I'm interested in hearing experiences in this as well. I met our local group for the first time last night, and they have a fairly well-established schedule of meeting the 1st and 3rd Friday's of the month at a local bookstore and coffee shop. Adding a Meetup.com group might expose the group to a younger crowd. Even if I was the only one footing the bill, would it be worth it to spend $10/month for greater exposure? Alternatively, one can easily create a public calendar on Google Calendar to hold the same information, a Google Community, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account, all for free.

June 20, 2015

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

I've had a meetup group for 3 months now, and there are 7 members. Have not yet had anyone RSVP for a meetup. I put up a few fliers at the local university, and have an ad on craigslist, but it seems quite hard to attract people. The map of esperantists that was recently posted about has yielded one guy who may come to the next meet. I should note that even the groups that have quite a lot of members (150+) often only have 2 or 3 people show for a meetup. While the cost isn't a concern for me, it does seem that you are better off using other methods to generate interest, and then use the Meetup.com site for the mechanics of organizing the group (which Meetup does quite nicely). I'll give it 3 more months and see how it goes.

June 20, 2015

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

The folks in Toronto swear by it. The Syracuse NY group seems to be having success with it as well. I look into it from time to time but so far I end up deciding that there's no need. I could be wrong, but the words "expensive failure" always hum in the background.

May 1, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JohnD62

Specifically, I paid for six-month memberships in Meetup three times (to be a group admin on Meetup, you need to be a paid member, and they seem to have subsequently changed the pricing plans). After dumping more than $100 into Meetup, I had found one Esperantist there who later moved out of the area.

May 1, 2016

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

Any esperantists in north/west germany?

June 7, 2015

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

Here is a map of Esperanto groups in Germany and neighbouring countries. http://www.esperantoland.org/gruppen/mapo.php?mapo=13lingvo=eo

June 7, 2015

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

I want to start group in Venezuela, It might be in Barquisimeto Lara. Contact me if you're up to!

June 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rapn21

Anyone in Ireland, or more specifically Dublin? There already is a group but I like to meet other young people. Plus the group is for people who can already speak Esperanto, so I might set up a learners group.

June 7, 2015

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

I'd love to start a group if there were people near me! I'm in Sarasota/Manatee County in Florida.

June 9, 2015

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

In Austria, Linz is an Esperanto club named “Estonto” of which I am a member. We usually meet on every Monday, 6pm. To see when the next meeting is go to http://estonto.at as we don’t meet on holidays or in the summer.

June 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thaddeus108

I'm really hoping to meet some people in Mid-Michigan. Let me know if anyone is interested!

February 17, 2016

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

I live in Michigan and I'm interested :) I live by Detroit, MI

May 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thaddeus108

Woot! It's a bit out of my range, so if actual meeting don't work: Skype? I'd still try for actual meetings of course.

May 31, 2016

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

Did you guys see this thread? Some of the more enthusiastic responses seemed to suggest putting on an event in Michigan or just south.

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/15651688

May 31, 2016

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

I am also in the Detroit area, looking for a group or perhaps to start one. I'm still very new to Esperanto - as I am sure many on Duolingo are - and believe that getting people together would foster quicker education and more fluid fluency.

February 7, 2017

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

I have created a Facebook group for metro Detroit Esperantistoj. Hoping to garner some interest in this area and eventually plan some meetups. If you're from the area, join up! https://www.facebook.com/groups/MetroDetroitEsperantists/

June 29, 2017

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

I went ahead and put this link under "Detroit" in the Michigan section. I also referenced the Esperanto Society of Michigan. If you want a name or email associated with this listing, let us know and we'll edit the list as needed.
(Maintaining the list of local groups and contact points is a service of Esperanto-USA).

Dankon!! Amike, filipo, filipo@grupoj.org Phil Dorcas, Commissioner for Local Groups, Esperanto-USA

June 30, 2017

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

Local Esperanto groups are forming now.

It is exciting to see new local groups forming and people contacting one another. It is happening several ways, with the Amikumu app, with Meetup, various online forums and social media, and with the local groups listing in Esperanto-USA.

We are looking for new connections, specifically in Delaware, Rhode Island, Vermont, South Dakota, and Mississippi. If you are in one of these states and are willing to be a contact person, let me know and we’ll set you up with your email address on our web page. Note that the email addresses are cyphered so that automatic bots (web crawlers) won’t recognize it as an email, but they are mouse-clickable for humans.

Also, there are major cities which have no club listed and no contact person. If you live in Pittsburgh, Orlando, Tampa, Riverside, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Las Vegas, or San Jose please consider being a contact person and let me know. If you live in the USA, please check our current website and see if your area is listed. If not, let us know if you are willing to be a contact. Also let us know if you find stale information, where the contact is no longer valid.

http://esperanto-usa.org/en/content/local-groups

A contact person is someone who wants to get Esperanto speakers and learners together in their area, but doesn’t have to have fluency. A club might sprout up if people get together.

Helping local Esperanto groups is a service of Esperanto-USA.

Dankon!! Amike, filipo Phil “filipo” Dorcas Commissioner for local Esperanto groups for Esperanto-USA filipo@grupoj.org

“Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come.” - Victor Hugo The time for Esperanto is now, 2017, the year of Zamenhof!
2017 estas la Zamenhofjaro.

June 20, 2017

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

Saluton! I'm just moving to Las Vegas and just beginning to learn Esperanto. But I'd love to connect with Esperanto speakers in Vegas! Any out there?

February 9, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Darkwaters32

I'm planning on giving Esperanto a shot as I prepare for Spanish. I live in Henderson.

March 17, 2018

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

I'm going to be about 90 minutes from Henderson in a few weeks - the week after Easter ... I think it's the Saturday after Easter. I'm an Esperanto teacher so if you'd like to meet up, this might be the one time I make it out that way.

March 26, 2018

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

Cxu iu estas en Dalaso Teksaso? Mi volas paroli esperanton, sed estas neniu por paroli kun mi.

June 7, 2015

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

(I'm not proficient enough to attempt replying in esperanto yet, sorry, but if I read correctly)

I'm not sure about Dallas, but just a bit north of you there is a group in Sherman, TX. I haven't contacted or met up with them yet but I do remember looking a while ago and seeing that.

June 8, 2015

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

Kie vi logxas?

June 9, 2015

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

Whitesboro, TX

Pretty close to Sherman, between 1-2 hours from Dallas I guess, depending on what part of Dallas

June 9, 2015

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

Come to our Dallas meetings, second Saturday of every month at 5pm, Central Market, Lovers Lane. See us online at www.esperanto-tx.org

June 20, 2017

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

Denver, Colorado, South metro area. I'm not expecting too many of you, but…

June 8, 2015

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

I just created a club for those of us in Colorado. (code is FUZ4TD)

January 1, 2017

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

Mi dankas vin.

January 2, 2017

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

Are you listed in our reference of local groups? http://esperanto-usa.org/en/content/southwest I can add or edit the listings as you wish. This list is referred to more and more as Duolingo people find out about it. Let me know your contact info of you want me to edit the list. Phil "filipo" Dorcas, filipo@grupoj.org Commissioner for local groups for Esperanto-USA.

June 22, 2017

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

Have you looked at the Esperanto USA Local Groups page? This is how I contacted the local Saint Paul group in Minnesota. I realize we don't necessarily need to associate ourselves with an official organization to have meet-ups, but it doesn't hurt!

June 20, 2015

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

The benefit of associating with E-USA is that you also have a source for acquiring reading materials, music, movies, etc in or about Esperanto.

If you live outside of the US, then you might want to contact the UEA, La Universala Esperanto Asocio. Their offices are in the Netherlands but they have a good net presence, & they try to keep track of organized groups all over the world.

June 20, 2015

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

The local groups on that list are not necessarily associated with E-USA.

May 1, 2016

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

There is no official relationship between any of the local groups and Esperanto-USA. Local groups are not even mentioned in the by-laws. We do this work in Esperanto-USA to support local groups because it is good for the movement in the USA and worldwide. But that is a good point to make. You do not have to have any association with Esperanto-USA at all to be on the list.

June 22, 2017

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

Exactly. If you've started a meetup on meetup.com, let pdorcas know so he can add it to the web page.

June 22, 2017

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

The Esperanto Klubo de Rocxestro (Rochester NY) is not holding regular meetings, but is active with a number of irregular ones.

May 1, 2016

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

Is anybody here in Southern Arizona (USA), like in Tuscon or south of Tuscon? There are some people in Greenvalley, AZ, who are looking for some connections. They are not online with Duolingo but are otherwise very active in Esperanto affairs. If you post here I'll forward info on to them.

December 19, 2016

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

Try posting to the Eo USA facebook group. I think there are some people there who are active. https://www.facebook.com/groups/EoUSA/?fref=ts

December 19, 2016

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

Thanks, I'll do that. Good suggestion. We're "on the same page." I'm trying to connect people, set up new local groups, and get the webpage at Esperanto-USA updated - not necessarily with official local groups, but just contact points as well. There might be somebody who is willing to be a contact point, but isn't ready to organize any kind of official or unofficial club.

December 20, 2016

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

I'll be in AZ the week after Easter (2018). I've set up one meeting... looking to set up a few more while I'm there. For those who don't know me, I'm an Esperanto teacher used to talking with people at all levels. I do charge for lessons, but the point here is to meet people, make friends, and see if we can bring some people together.

March 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mongo152998

Anyone know of any groups in the Detroit, MI area?

June 3, 2017

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

http://esperanto-usa.org/?q=node/448#mi We have several in Michigan, some close or in Detroit. You can look at this list and contact the closest ones you can find. There are seven contact points there. I know Michigan is spread out, but surely there is someone there who can help.

I don't see Detroit specifically listed. Our national Esperanto congress was there in 2015. If you cannot find a contact directly in Detroit, we can ask again here in forums for a volunteer to start up a group.

Thank you for your interest and for communicating regarding your search.
Amike, filipo

June 12, 2017

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

Dankon! I reached out to our most local group a few months ago, and they are currently inactive. Will likely start a new one or pick up the reigns (if the coordinator doesn't object) once I become more fluent.

June 14, 2017

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

You can start a local group anytime you want, even without fluency. Let us know when you wish and we will put you on the list. The enthusiasm of a newcomer is sometimes a lot more powerful than the traditional ways of the old-timers. You are probably more ready than you are aware of. We are happy to help you whenever you wish. Your choice.

June 14, 2017

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

My coworker and I started a Facebook group for locals in the metro Detroit area. I think once we get enough interest, we'll use it to coordinate local gatherings.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/MetroDetroitEsperantists/

June 29, 2017

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

It seems the main entry for Michigan is primarily for the Detroit area. I know the people there, and they are the ones who hosted the Landa Kongreso (national congress / conference) in 2015.

June 14, 2017

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

I've been speaking with Sherry, who runs that group. Although I've helped create a strictly Detroit-area group (for the time being), my intention is to also help her out as much as possible (I think her group is more geared towards the entire state) and hopefully roll my group into hers at some point :)

June 29, 2017

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

We now have 95 local groups or local contact points in the United States for our Esperanto communities. We are growing in membership and in local groups.

Although that may seem like a good number to some people, we are still lacking local groups or contacts in several major cities. We have no contacts for 8 states and 4 territories:

Delaware West Virginia Rhode Island Vermont South Dakota Alabama Louisiana Mississippi

American Samoa Guam Northern Mariana Islands U.S. Virgin Islands

We would like contacts or start-up clubs in these places. Please look at our listings and see if there is a listing in YOUR area. If not, please communicate here, message me, or email me. It does not take a fluent Esperanto speaker to start a group or be an initial contact. The desire is more important than fluency. It is more important to want to have a local group and be willing to be that initial flame, the founder. We will help you do that.

Helping local Esperanto groups in the U.S.A. is a service of Esperanto-USA. How can we help YOUR GROUP?

http://esperanto-usa.org/en/content/local-groups

Dankon!
Amike / Sincerely, Filipo DORCAS (Phil Dorcas) filipo@grupoj.org

Commissioner for Local Groups, Esperanto-USA

June 12, 2017

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

We are now up to 98 local groups and contacts.

June 14, 2017

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

Thank you to all who have posted about our local groups pages!

It is important to have complete and current information about local Esperanto groups.

It is important for a new Esperanto speaker to find local friends, and it is also important for any Esperanto speaker when traveling or moving. We need good information.

Thanks to all who check their listings and supply feedback for additions and corrections.

June 20, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yokasrubio503

Looking for Esperanto groups in the Portland, Oregon area.

March 7, 2018

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

At least two people I've skyped with recently are from Portland. I just have to remember which two. One of them is one of my italki students and lives in the outskirts -- I'll let him know about this thread. The other... oh yeah, he's one of the Patrons of Esperanto Variety Show.

Oh, and there's this: https://www.meetup.com/Portland-Friends-of-the-New-Esperanto/

March 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RandallBur4

https://www.meetup.com/Portland-Friends-of-the-New-Esperanto/ I have not been to this group, but they meet Sunday and I am hoping to go there.

March 7, 2018

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

I forgot to mention - I recommend joining the Portland Esperanto Duolingo Club (currently available only on mobile) - our code is JVF8QU

March 15, 2018

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

Saluton! I am from Portland-ish, and am one of those mentioned by Salivanto. The event linked to by the others is a good place to start. We'll be at the Lucky Lab this coming Sunday. Also, feel free to shoot me a message if you want someone for chatting. I can always use more practice.

March 8, 2018

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

Oh, hey. I didn't know that was you. :-)

March 8, 2018

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

As others have mentioned, we meet monthly at the Lucky Lab on SE Hawthorne. Other ways to find us: https://events.duolingo.com/portland-esperanto/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/298665533504695/ https://www.meetup.com/Portland-Esperanto-Club/

March 12, 2018

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

I'm looking to start a group for the West Midlands/Worcestershire area of England, but I'm young (16), new and don't really know how. I'm mainly looking for new people like me so we can learn together, make some music and play video games

July 11, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pdorcas
  1. Use Amikumu app to find others in your area.
  2. Set yourself up as a Duolingo host, (events.duolingo.com), get the training and a huge amount of resources for local Esperanto groups. If Duolingo doesn't accept you due to age, maybe a parent or other trusted adult can do this for you.
  3. Plan an event at least two weeks in the future. Maybe at a restaurant or some other public gathering place. Create the event in Duolingo Events.
  4. Ask around where you might be permitted to place a club announcement as a public service.
  5. Show up and see what happens.
  6. Ask in your school (when in session) what it takes to start a club. Need a teacher as a sponsor? Need a minimum number of members? Need by-laws?
  7. Or just make it up as you go along, knowing you are not alone and that people are wishing you well, and encouraging you at every step.
July 11, 2018

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

Bump. This is a good thread and should grow to further unite esperantists! Mi loĝas en South Carolina.

August 28, 2018
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