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Yelling at motorists in Esperanto

I once watched a video of how a German girl learnt English by practising speaking in her car and now exclusively yells at motorists in English because she trained her brain to think that way.

Five days ago, I started my Esperanto tree and thought I'd try the same. I can't believe how well it's working and how infrequently I'm stuck and can't come up with the correct vocab to say what I want. I'm not saying anything too complicated yet but I have do do a lot of driving for my job so thought it would be a good use of my time.

Here's the sort of things I'm yelling:

You can go! It's green. It's not red or orange. Go! I want to go home and sleep! Don't do that. I want to have my dinner. I want to eat my chicken sandwich.

And then sometimes I just narrate what I see or think:

I can see two dogs. They are brown and white. They're small and pretty. It's a restaurant. Ooh, I need some chocolate.

My pronunciation is probably terrible but I couldn't imagine trying to this in any other language within a week of starting out.

July 6, 2015

27 Comments


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

We should totally steal all of those sentences for the course! :-D

July 8, 2015

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

I definitely support this idea.

July 8, 2015

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

Ok, I went ahead and added them all. :) I'm most amused that Ho, mi bezonas iom da ĉokolado. is now in the Medical skill. :-D

July 8, 2015

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

Oh wow. Thanks! I'm glad my hungry stomach could contribute to the Esperanto course.

July 9, 2015

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

No problem, thanks for the free sentences. :-D

July 10, 2015

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

I think the better courses here are the ones where the mods have a sense of humor. Kudos to you, man.

July 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hsien.duol

Yeah, especially, “Mi estas homo,” and, “Mi ŝatas monon.”

July 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elisabeth3789

This is so cool! Dankon!

July 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Scaramouche73

Don't worry if you cannot say the entire sentence in Esperanto. I know of an Esperanto teacher who actively encourages using the English words (or whatever your native language may be) whenever you get stuck. I.e that arbo looks forta etc. so you're pretty much mixing it up. It's good that your training your brain to think in your target language too. That's a problem of mine. I'm constantly translating into English in my head and losing the next spoken sentence whilst I'm processing it. Good luck.

July 6, 2015

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

That's how bilingual kids develop as well. A little confusing for listeners, but it does help while learning. I do that too, with Japanese, French, and Spanish. "Yo como . . . bol de arroz? Yo como onigiri."

July 6, 2015

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

This is genius... and hilarious.

July 7, 2015

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

Lol, I also narrate things I see on the street while I'm in the bus or driving. It's an awesome way to practice languages - sometimes I get stuck in a word I don't know, then I check the dictionary ;)

July 6, 2015

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

Yelling at Motorists in Esperanto sounds like it could be the title to an art film.

July 6, 2015

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

Or a rock/metal band :)

July 8, 2015

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

Or a young adult novel. Someone should send it to John Green.

July 9, 2015

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

Let's write it ourselves! Group Duolingo project: A continuous story passed from one person to the next. Bonus points if its actually in Esperanto.

July 9, 2015

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

cool, I should try that, really innovative way to learn :D

July 6, 2015

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

That good for practicing! keep going

July 8, 2015

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

LOL! That's an awesome way of practicing! Nice job!

Do you think you could give me the link to that German girl video? I'd love to see it! Thanks so much!

July 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Platypus01

I agree. Thanks very much for the idea!

I do talk to my dogs in Esperanto when I take them for walks. usually "Malbonajn hundojn!"

July 7, 2015

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

I've shouted at my cats "NE! Ne faru tion! Vi estas tre malbonaj knabinoj!" Funnily they seem to take a lot more notice of me when I shout in Esperanto than when I do in English.

July 8, 2015

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

Here's a video where she mentions it - I'm not sure this is the video I'm referring to since she (Katja) has talked about it several times. Her youtube channel DeutschFuerEuch is really good for explaining German grammar.

July 6, 2015

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

Thanks!

July 6, 2015

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

haha love it. makes me wish I could drive :P

July 6, 2015

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

Awesome idea.

July 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hsien.duol

I was annoyed at someone once, and I yelled, “VI ESTAS HUNDINO!!!” You can go ahead and guess what that means. ;)

July 10, 2019

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

Or "Vi estas hundinido!" if you're really mad.

August 9, 2019
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