🧉 Martin A few years ago I decided to learn Esperanto (the constructed language). I now spend anywhere from a few hours to a few days per week speaking it with friends from around the world. AMA :) (or just shake your head disapprovingly)
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🍃 Matt Harwood You've all inspired me to give Esperanto a go - thank you for this! I'm very excited!
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🧉 Martin That's awesome! Give me a shout if I can help :) Here are my Esperanto projects, by the way, some of which you may find helpful (like the speech robot): esperanto.martinru...
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Nick Silvestri I got about halfway through Duolingo after casually working on it for a few months. When I stopped I found myself regularly thinking in eo sentence fragments, to a level I never have while learning German. Time to pick this back up ;)
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🧉 Martin Very cool. If you decide to jump back in and have any questions, mi felicxe respondus iujn ajn demandojn viajn :)
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đŸĒ Danilo What languages do you speak? Have you considered learning some other constructed language at the time? Maybe lojban?
🧉 Martin I speak some German, and I'm *slowly* learning Hebrew. Lojban never interested me much, but I'd love to learn a bit of Volapuk. I've dabbled in Toki Pona, which I'd like to put some more time into as I have friends who can speak it well. Toki Pona is considered the "sekreta lingvo inter Esperantistoj" (secret language for Esperanto speakers), since Esperanto quickly loses that attribute during Esperanto gatherings :) How about you?
👉 LÊo That is super cool. Have you ever found Esperanto being spoken anywhere randomly? Like go to a coffee shop and find a group of people speaking amongst themselves? Have you ever used it to speak to someone that does not speak English? In my experience, being a non-native speaker of English, I catch myself saying things that sound weird in English because I'm translating directly from my first language. Have you ever noticed that in Esperanto?
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🧉 Martin I was talking to others on a train in the UK, and a woman on the opposite table interrupted to ask if we were speaking Esperanto. That was surprising! Aside from that, I've only ever bumped into others during large events where the local town is flooded with 200+ speakers, so not so random. I have friends who simply don't speak English, and others who speak it badly... it's awesome to chat on a completely equal footing. RE anglicisms: when first learning, but very rarely now.
đŸ”Ĩ Gluco How long did it take you until you were able to speak about everyday experiences? Any particular entry book you can recommend?
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🧉 Martin It's easy to progress quickly in the language due to its regularity and how well it was designed to reinforce itself grammatically. After around 6 months I was able to have a good level of conversation. After 1 year of study and use I felt pretty close to fluent, and attended classes at CEFR C1. The course at lernu.net/eo/kurso... is a good start, as well as the Duolingo content. My friend released Teach Yourself Esperanto last year, and that's a great book!
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đŸ§ŋ Andrea Where do you find people to speak out with? How did you learn?
🧉 Martin It has a really active community of speakers, especially during this COVID period. During my time learning, I also attended some in-person events (some with over 200 people) which run for a week, so I made some good friends that way. There's now pretty much a full calendar of online events from all over the world (eventaservo.org). I learned via various books, events, and through plenty of practice.
đŸŸŖ Ox Do you know about the Monero project? Esperanto is their language of choice
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🧉 Martin I do. I spent a bit of time (2 years) working in that space. "Monero" is the Esperanto word for "coin", composed of "mono" (money) + "-er" (piece). This highlights a nice feature of Esperanto, in that "-er" can be applied anywhere it makes logical sense, e.g.: negxero (snowflake), pluvero (raindrop), panero (breadcrumb), fajrero (spark). I'm not sure all that many people in the Monero community really speak Esperanto, however. Or rather, I didn't mean many.
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