Okay! I need to put this post up to keep inspiring me to continue studying Esperanto! (Since recently I've been freaking out everytime I start back on Spanish, and I've been wanting the Duolingo Esperanto course since last year.)
I need some hardcore motivation to not run away and worry about talking with people. When I started a grammar course on it last year it gave me a much better idea on exactly how to understand grammar, but since then I haven't done much.
Though now that the esperanto course is on the app, and it's summer vacation, I'm much more excited to start to get into it. I just wanted to brave the forum & say hello! Saluton! (Is there a skype/oovoo group happening for Esperanto already or will?)
Saluton! Esperanto estas tre facila, kaj post jxus kelkaj semajnoj, vi povas paroli tre bone, se vi ankaux praktiki parolado KUN via legado kaj skribado.
The biggest key is to push beyond the Duo tree and have conversations with other Esperantists--those at your level, and above it. It's an easy language to learn. In my area, Syracuse NY, there aren't many other Esperantists, so aside from my wife, 99% of my interaction is via Skype, Lernu, or Duolingo. There are plenty of people to talk with online in Esperanto, who are willing to listen, learn, and help--I'm one of them. I chat with several people (inane stuff, but that's what builds fluency). Feel free to message me at travis.black.knight on Skype, or head over to the Lernu forums or Esperanto subeddit, where there are always people willing to talk!
Mr Knight - Has there been any update on this in the last 8 months? I wish I'd seen this message sooner. Syracuse is a GREAT place to be for Esperanto these days. I am in regular contact with the Syracuse folks and have been to Syracuse for Esperanto many times - and at least twice in the 8 months. I also organized an Esperanto weekend in Rochester at the end of January and we had four people from Syracuse participate. I consider the motor of the Syracuse group to be a dear friend. I'm curious how you tried to contact them. You mention unanswered questions -- what do you need to know? My friend is like 20 minutes from North Syracuse.
There is no such thing as a difficult language, only the amount of effort and time we are willing to invest in the skill. Therefore, I understand the need for motivation quite clearly. However, I think you need to find something deeper than immediate gratification to inspire/motivate you to learn the language. This can be a girl/boy/both, literature, food, music, culture, etc. When your motivation is defined and it fuels you endlessly, then even a day without the language will feel like a lifetime lost.
I added the course today, but not sure whether to learn or not, maybe if you helped me?!?!
Skype is great. Also, check to see if there is an esperanto group in your area. I went to a Mekaro Renkontigxo (mid Canada meeting) in Toronto and met lots of really great people of various ages, careers, and esperanto ability. It was fun and really kick-started my desire to learn esperanto again.
Estas malfacile. Skype estas bona ideo. ... SED, vi estas nur 4 horoj de Toronto, aux Montrealo. Venu por via libertempo?
Kiu havas libertempon? Ne mi. Mi instruas, kaj mi donas cxion de mia libertempon al miaj studentoj. Kaj, la flanko de nia landoj estas tre malfacila por veturi, cxar estas grandega lago inter niaj landoj. Oni devas iri cxirkaux la logo, kaj ambaux loko havas malfleksa gardistoj. Estas ne amuza. Estas tima, vere.
Do, Skype estas la bona eleko por vi. Ne estas bona por mi, malgxoje.
I was really nervous about gong to the meetings alone, too, but the people were really welcoming...and patient. Remember that they are in their esperanto club because they want to practise their esperanto, just like you - they will be happy to meet you.