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

Esperanto Immersion Course in PA?

Interested in joining an Esperanto immersion course with Junesun​ and me? We will be in Pennsylvania (near NYC) this October and it would be cool to help some of you improve. Let us know what you think!

Survey here: http://goo.gl/forms/kDPi4BlARo

June 18, 2015

12 Comments


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

Sounds grand, but sadly beyond my price point.

Maybe I can teach some Esperanto to the moths in my wallet...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rts25604

That sounds amazing! I live very close to Quakertown (It's less than 15 minutes from where live!). Are minors allowed to attend?


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

Yes, minors are welcome, but we can't allow you to have any of the German beer we're bringing ;-) We'll bring other goodies for you.


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

Keep in mind that EVERYTHING is included in the price: accommodation, breakfast/lunch/dinner, snacks, drinks, excursions, lesson materials and 40+ hours of instruction.

If you imagine taking a vacation in Quakertown, a hotel for the duration might be $450, plus $150 for breakfast/lunch/dinner, so $600. We throw in snacks, drinks, course materials and 40+ hours of instruction for just $350 extra, i. e. less than $9 / hour. Can't really work for less than that, as much as we love Esperanto.

Payment modalities will be generous: $80 to reserve your spot and the rest by December 31st. Also, $250 discount for couples / friends who share a double room.

We do understand that some of you can't afford this at present. Maybe another time :)

For those who replied positively to our survey: we'll be in touch soon with details. This course is happening! :D

Two people replied positively but forgot to include their e-mail, so we have no way of contacting them. Please write me separately if you're still interested. judith@learnlangs.com


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

I must agree with LazyRavenclaw that the price is too high for me, although I would love to attend!


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

I know that not everyone feels the same, but I would be content to simply be camping out in tents if it meant that I could experience an Esperanto immersion course.


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

I'm of the same mind as the first two commenters---this would be wonderful, but even $800 is far beyond what I'm willing/able to pay. (Also, I have class/work, but that's beside the point.)

Maybe offer these classes at a local university, like as a one-week short course in the afternoons/evenings? That might draw more people and lower the price in one shot.


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

Maybe an American Esperanto speaker can do that. We're only in the US for three weeks and also want to see family/friends, so these are the only dates that work for us. I don't like the university / non-intensive setting. It makes the course too much like school. We will avoid the classroom altogether and instead spend 8-12 hours a day just LIVING Esperanto (with grammar where necessary). Here's a description of how such an intensive living-based course for a small group of students works: http://speakingfluently.com/2015/06/13/intensive-language-learning-courses/


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

This sounds great! I would really like to attend. However, I have to join the chorus and say that it is just too expensive for me.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ryanford06

Definitely will see you guys at the conference. But this is waaay too expensive.


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

Waaay too expensive? Just curious, what would you expect to pay for an immersive 4-day course (with 10 hours of instruction per day) including lodging and food in a cozy location? According to my calculations, local costs (i.e. excluding flight) for attending the Polyglot Conference in NYC including hotel and food would be around $600 and that's just two days...

This information will help us in planning future events or in trying to get support from foundations to subsidize students, thanks!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ryanford06

Haha I just meant too expensive for me. Sorry for the miscommunication. I should of been more descriptive.

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