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.
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
Oh wow. Thanks! I'm glad my hungry stomach could contribute to the Esperanto course.
I think the better courses here are the ones where the mods have a sense of humor. Kudos to you, man.
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.
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."
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 ;)
Yelling at Motorists in Esperanto sounds like it could be the title to an art film.
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.
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!
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!"
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.
I was annoyed at someone once, and I yelled, “VI ESTAS HUNDINO!!!” You can go ahead and guess what that means. ;)