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To learn Esperanto
What is Esperanto? Esperanto is a language. The easiest one at learning time.
Why Esperanto is easier to learn? Because it was planned to be easy.

For most people anywhere in the world, learning Esperanto takes a small fraction of the time it takes to learn any other language.

Esperanto exists since July 1887 ... almost 130 years ago.
How to learn Esperanto?

Please take a short time to choose a course to learn Esperanto. Complete the course. Don't keep jumping from one course to another. After you finish one course, you may choose another. If you cannot decide, I recommend the interactive course: "Kurso de Esperanto", by Karlo Pereira from Brazil.   Ask for a tutor.

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You can start by the simplest course, specially planned to teach the 500 more used Esperanto words, enough to reach fluency in a short time. By the end of 2014, I created web pages with this course for English and Spanish speakers:

    Zagreba Metodo:   Description,  some easy readers, and a number of aids.

    ZM  English bookwith sound. Listen while you read.

    ZM  Libro en Español,  con sonido. Escucha mientras lees.

    ZM  12 + 3 easy texts and 6 songswith sound. Listen while you read.
            It has the text of the 12 lessons of the ZM plus tri chapters from the book:
            "Esperanto ne Estas nur Lingvo".
Note:   I translated this page into English and Spanish. Choose the language at the top-right of the page. Instead of a dictionary, look at the translation. You can learn Esperanto using only this page. Because they are narrow pages, you can open two windows: Esperanto on the left side and English or Spanish on the right side. When you read in Esperanto, you may also listen. That way you will get used to the sound of Esperanto. Repeat aloud some of what you hear.

You can also use this page as a measure of your progress in Esperanto. While you study any course, read this page from the beginning. Do not use dictionary. Write down the words you do not understand. When you reach 10 words, stop reading and continue studying. Repeat this process. When you understand almost every word on this page, you can start reading books written especially for beginners. Try to use the dictionary as little as possible. It is better to guess the meaning of words according to context. Easy readings.

        Because of the existence of my pages, in April 2016 the interactive
        version was created.   Touch any word to find its meaning.

    ZM  Interactive, in English:   Lessons:  01  02  03  04  05  06  07  08  09  10  11  12
        As of April 10, 2017, the interactive course exists in

                20 languages:

Angla / English
Ĉeĥa / Čeština
Ĉina Simpla / 中文
Ĉina Tradicia / 正體中文
Franca / Français
Germana / Deutsch
Hispana / Español
Hungara / Magyar
Itala / Italiano
Kataluna / Català
Kroata / Hrvatski
Malaja / Bahasa Melayu
Nederlanda Nederlands
Pola / Polski
Portugala / Português
Slovena / Slovenščina
Sveda / Svenska
Taja / ภาษาไทย
Turka / Türkçe
Ukraina / Українська

Which version is better?:

The Interactive version is better because you could get the meaning of any word by just touching it, and because you can check your answers to the exercises.

The book-like version has the sound for each of the 12 readings and 6 songs.
It is also accompanied by several easy-reading books, and vocabularies.  (More)
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    Esperanto, A New Approach.   (pdf, 100 pages)
  by William Auld,  is another
    book with the purpose to reach fluency in a short time. It is complemeted by
        Paŝoj al Plena Posedo,  by the same author.

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    Esperanto per 501 vortoj
  by A. Kerbel.  (pdf, 877 pages, 5 MB)
    Legmetoda lernolibro taŭga por diverslingvanoj, konantaj latinan abocon.

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There are many courses online to learn Esperanto. Lately Duolingo became very popular. They started the English version on May 28, 2015 and the Spanish version on October 26, 2016. By June 14, 2017, there were 896,000 learners registered for the English version and 143,000 for Spanish version, more than one million in total.

    Duolingo Esperanto for English speakers.
    Duolingo Esperanto for Spanish speakers.

    Kurso de Esperanto,  by Karlo Pereira, is an Interactive course, with sound: pronunciation
    and a few songs. You may download it (13 MB), and install it in your computer.
    It has been already translated into 30 languages. You may study by yourself,
    or you may  ask for a tutor  to correct your homework.

    Lernu.net:  is the most ambitious project to teach Esperanto
    in more than 30 languages, for all levels.

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    More courses to learn Esperanto

            It is better to complete the basic course in less than 20 hours and better
            yet, if you can fit those 20 hours within a couple of weeks. The more time
            you let go by, the easier to forget what you have already learned.

After finishing any one course, practice Esperanto:

    reading   listening   writing   speaking   singing   watching videos

  Start with easy readers, written with limited vocabulary:     (Top)   (Practice)

12 + 3 easy texts and 6 songs,  (listen while you read):  Start reading this entire page after completing a few lessons. Read as far as possible while you understand most of it, then stop. Don't forget to listen while you read. Don't use a dictionary. Then study a few more lessons, and start again. By the time you finish any course, you should understand all of it.

1,000 most frequently used words  in Esperanto. Read all of them. If you don't know a word, click it. You will get its meaning in Esperanto. Make sure that you understand all the words in this table.

Readings for beginnerswith limited vocabulary: Read them before trying regular books. In this same page you will find all kinds of books. Also pod casts with text, and many other ways to practice Esperanto.

    Listening:  There is a huge amount of listening material in the web.     (Top)   (Practice)

There are pod casts with and without text. Some are easier than others. Most pod casts have a good pronunciation. Some are slower, some have limited vocabulary for beginners. There are lots of videos ... but not all of them have a good pronunciation.

Facila vento 59 easy pod casts with text.

Radio Verda,   Vancouver, Canada.    
Short articles with interesting subjects.   They are read a bit slowly. Very good pronunciation.
The pod casts 194 - 202 have their text.   A total of 202 pod casts, no more will be added.

More pod casts

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Mazi en Gondolando:  Two animations and a monologue to learn Esperanto.
Good pronunciation and grammar. Very good for beginners and children.
Full text of the 3 videos.  (Almost 3 hours in total)

Esperanto, Pasporto al la Tuta Mondo:
With actors from more than 12 countries.  16 lessons, about half an hour each.

Richard Delamore produces rather comic videos, as Evildea. He speaks very fast, not for beginners. But, if you listen to the same video many times, you will start to pick up some of it. He was producing one video daily. Now it is about one video every two days.

There are thousands of Esperanto videos in the web. Not all of them have good pronunciation or grammar.

    Songs:     (Top)   (Practice)

If you like to sing, imitating the singers will help you with pronunciation and some vocabulary. Here is a list of more than  400 songs  by more than 80 groups or singers. They are in alphabetical sequence. The following singers are easy to understand after you get used to them. In many of these videos you can read on the screen while you listen and/or sing.
        JoMo, Ĵomart kaj Nataŝa, Kajto, Manŭel Rovere, Mélanie Prin.

    Writing:     (Top)   (Practice)

As soon as you complete the first lesson, try to write anything, just what you can remember. Don't control it. Don't worry about mistakes.  After a few lessons you may try to write a little more.

    A few applications that will help you with your writing:

  is an editor;  converts  cx to ĉ;  checks spelling.

Tajpi   and   Ek  (Esperanta Klavaro)   convert  cx to ĉ;  on any window where you can write.

Facililo:  To write in Esperanto using the 900 most frequently used words.
About 450 of the most frequently used words will show in green.
The next 450 will show in blue. Words not in the table of 1,000 will show in red.
No need to install it, you can try it right from  here.

  will check the grammar and the spelling for
    EsperantoEspañolEnglishPortugueseand many other languages.
No need to install it.

Vortolisto:   List of the 1000 more frequent, easier Esperanto words.
2500 Basic Esperanto Word Roots,  with translations in English.

    Speaking:     (Top)   (Practice)

Ekparolu!is a new project by Edukado.net to allow beginners to speak with
    Esperanto veterans, to get fluency and good pronunciation.  Start here.

Purpose of the project:
• To give an option to the students who finish an Esperanto course to use the spoken language,
    to form associations, and inform them about the programs, courses and other learning options.
• Widely use the skills of the Esperanto speakers to participate in the further education
    of beginners.
• Strengthen the local clubs and the Esperanto movement.

The current Esperanto speakers would be onklinoj or onkloj.
The beginners would be nevinoj or nevoj.

SkypeAllows to speak or chat with people all around the world.
Ĉu vi skajpemas? Esperanto SkypeIs a Facebook group which appeals
    to people that want to meet using Skype..
List of Esperanto speakers  willing to speak using Skype.  Add your name to the list

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