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1. First lesson. My friend Mark    

Mark is my friend. He is a student and an athlete. He now sits in a room and learns. On a table there are papers and books. It is a desk. The books on the table are textbooks.

The father and the mother of my friend aren't in the room. Now they are working. His father is a worker, he works in a hotel. The mother teaches. She is a teacher.

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2. Second Lesson. The (lady) friend of Mark    

Mark has a (lady) friend. Her name is Anna.
She is young and beautiful. Anna and Mark are friends.
Anna came to the home of Mark.
- Please come in, friend.
- Hello, Mark. What are you doing?
- Hello. I was reading, but now I want to talk to you.
- Do you have a good book?
- Yes, I have. I like to read only good books. Do you want to drink coffee?
- Yes. Are your parents and brothers and sisters in your home?
- No. Here's the coffee, it's still hot. I just cooked it.
- Thank you. I can also drink cold coffee.

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3. Third Lesson. In a coffee shop    

Anna and Mark talked a long time in front of the school. Then they gladly went through the street. It was a warm day. They saw a coffee shop and in it cakes.
- Let's go in and eat - said Mark.
- Do you have enough money?
- Of course, I have a hundred euros. (Dinars)
- Oh, you're rich!
The waiter brought a lot of cakes. They ate, and after the meal the waiter came up yet again.
Mark was looking for in one place ... looking for in another ... His face was sad. Finally he said in a weak voice:
- I have no money.
What happened next? Do you know?

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4. Fourth Lesson. My letters    

Mark wrote me a nice letter. It was a real love letter. In the letter it was also his photo. When I came back from school, I wanted to read it again. I quickly went to my room. There stood my sister Vera in front of my desk and reading my letter. In her hand was also the photo. I said angrily:

- What are you doing here? Do not read letters from others!
My sister became red. The photograph fell out of her hand on the table and the letter also fell. She said:

- Excuse me ... I was looking for my book ...
- But you know very well that your book are not on my table. Nor in my room! Give the letter to me. She received a good lesson, she will no longer read letters from others. I also received a lesson: I must close well the door of my room.

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5. Fifth Lesson. New car    

Mr. Rapid, a friend of Mark's, entered a car dealership. There he sees a nice lady who pleases him. A salesman came to him. Mr. Rapid asks:

- Which car is the best?
- This is the best of all.
- Is it fast?
- It is faster than others.
- Is it too strong?
- Oh, yes, it is very strong.
- Sure it's expensive?
- Of course, it is the most expensive of all.
- Thank you, unfortunately I will not buy a new car because my old car is the cheapest of all. I still travel on it.

As he said this, he again looked at the lovely lady. But the salesman said,
- It will be better that you do not look at this lady. Also she is expensive. I know, because I'm her husband.

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6. Sixth Lesson. Maia    

Maia is a pretty girl. All her friends love her. Three days ago something bad happened: on a street a car felled her. Maia became sick and has a high temperature. Her mother said that she has to stay at home. Tomorrow she will call a doctor. The doctor came at nine o'clock to help Maia.

- Say "A" ... show your hand ... show your feet ... remove your clothes! The doctor looked at everything and finally said:

- During one week stay at home and ... do not go under a car.
Drink plenty of tea in the morning and evening. I want you to be quiet. After one week you'll feel better. I'll come to see you again.
- Mr. Doctor, can my good friend Charles come to see me?
- Hm, yes ... yes. He can come ... but he also be quiet.

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7. Seventh Lesson. Always late    

Mark slept in the morning for a long time. When he saw the sun, he suddenly jumped up. He was always late when he had to go to school. He knows that the teacher does not like that. But today he does not want to be late. He quickly put on his clothes. Very quickly he drank the coffee. Later with the books in hand, he ran and jumped down the street. The people looked at him and said, "What a silly boy!"

Soon he was in front of the school. He wanted to enter the school, but he could not. It was closed. He saw neither a teacher nor students. He sat down in front of the school, and thought, what happened?

- Damn, now I remember! Today is Sunday!

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8. Eighth Lesson. Ugly day    

Today, my mother was very worried. I came from the school and told her that I had a bad note. She said: Naughty boy, you have to get your head to work. How many bad notes do you have? I was sad.

- Go to your room and learn! - She said. I was sitting in my room, but I could neither learn nor read. My thoughts were at play with my friends and at sports. I said to myself, if I'm so stupid, even if I learned a lot?

Then my mother came into the room and heard my words. She immediately responded:

- No, my dear, you are not stupid. The problem is that you need to learn much more. Then you will not have only bad notes.
- Even now I do not have them. I have a good note in music - I said.
- The mother suddenly burst out laughing. This again improved my day. But the problem, however, remained.

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9. Ninth Lesson. Plans for travel    

Peter and Mary wanted to travel to another country on holiday. They decided to go to Italy, a beautiful country with ancient cities and other lovely things. They were happy:

- Where are my clothes? - She asked.
- Let us not forget to bring the book to learn Esperanto. We could start already on the train.
- In the train we will not do anything, my dear Peter. We will travel by car. I have a secret: my rich uncle Boniface fulfilled my desire and gave us his car to use. It already is standing in front of the house.
- But I have to say ...
- Say nothing, my dear, let us sit down in the car and drive to Italy. Peter and Mary sat in the car. Also the clothes were in the car. But they still sat and waited.
- So, dear - she said - why aren't we going?
- Darling, I also have a secret. I would drive the car, but I do not know. I never learned that.

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10. Lesson Tenth. Family members meet    

- How quickly the days pass! Tomorrow is the birthday of your father, Mark. Several family members and friends will arrive. Would you please help a little? Find a little bit of time at least to arrange your room. I would like to cook something good. For the birthday cake milk is missing at home. We need to provide some food from the store ...
- Well, I will go shopping for the birthday. But instead of sitting back and eating a lot with uninteresting family members, I would like to take a trip with club members.
- With which club members? - Said the mother and threw some papers in the garbage can.
- Early tomorrow members of my sports club will meet.
- But, my dear, is precisely tomorrow that you have to be away? Don't you see them three times a week?
- May I propose something? I will eat together with the family members. But in the second part of the day, I will go with my friends. After the cake Mary and Peter will certainly talk about the failed drive by car. Not interesting! I do not want to hear that again! Why we don't have some creative uncle Boniface in our family?

The mother smiled at his words. She knows that Mark is talking a little too much today.
- Dear Mark, it is not enough only a wealth of ideas. It is also necessary a full wallet to realize them.

The mother after some silence continued:
- Well, few minutes ago Anna telephoned, that she, too, will visit us tomorrow. She likes sweet cakes, although she will try not to get fat.

Immediately Mark changed his opinion. Without Anna during the trip he would be very lonely.
- Mother, in that case, however, I will spend the next day at home.

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11. Eleventh Lesson. La sentimulo (The fearless)    

It was evening in Venice. Hundreds of people filled the San Marco square. Young people and the military, sailors from ships, leading ladies and girls, foreign travelers, valets and gondoliers - all moved to the city center. A little further, but not far from the sea, there was small square. At the end of it, near the sea, stood a man.

According to his clothes you could easily find out that he is a gondolier of a rich person. Without interest he watched the joyful multitude. Suddenly, a smile lit up his face when he saw a sailor, who had come from the side of the sea.

- Is that you, Stephen? - - exclaimed the gondolier. - Everyone says that you have fallen into the hands of the Turks.
- Really. We met one of their ships. It followed us for over an hour. But it is not easy to go faster than our ship. So, what are the news here in Venice?
- Nothing interesting - just a great misfortune for Pietro. Do you know Pietro?
- Of course, I know him.
- A big ship sunk his gondola.
- And what about Pietro?
- His gondola sank. It happened that we were close, so that George and I took Pietro in our gondola. At the same time my chief dived to help a girl, who nearly died with her uncle.
- Oh, there was a girl - and uncle?
- We could not help him. He was an important man. But what brought you to Venice, my friend?

The sailor quickly looked at his friend and began to say:
- So, you know Gino - I brought ...

The gondolier suddenly stopped him. "See!" - He said. Then a man passed by them. He was not yet thirty, and his face was colorless. His going was sure and easy. His face was sad.

- Jakopo - said Gino, when he saw the man - it is said that many personages give secret jobs to him. He knows too many secrets. And that is why they are afraid to send him to prison - said the sailor and as he spoke, he pointed to the mansion of the Doge of Venice. (the supreme authority of the former Republic of Venice)
- Indeed, many personages need his help - said Gino.
- And what they pay him for a murder?
- Certainly not less than a hundred coins. Do not forget that he is working for those who have enough money to pay him. But, Stephen, in Venice there are things that it is better to forget, if you want to quietly eat your bread. It was some silence and then the gondolier spoke again.
- You came just in time to see the ship race.
- Gino, someone said weakly near the gondolier.
- Sir?

Don Kamilo Monforte, the boss of Gino silently pointed to the gondola - bye - said the gondolier and took the hand of his friend.

(From the book "La sentimulo" by J.F. Cooper. adapted Roger Imbert)
(sen - tim - ul - o: the person without fear = fearless)

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12. Twelfth Lesson. Night walk    

Mr. Pipelbom was tall, thick heavy and wide. This gave him appreciable force and his big aspect played no small role in the fact that the majority of people, if not afraid of him, certainly respected and at least reflected before deciding to bother him.

But what is often useful during the day, represents a disagreeable annoyance at night in a place full of trees. Especially when they have strayed from their path and out of their way go in an inhuman wilderness.

The thick, heavy, high, wide body failed to pass quietly among the trees; also to touch the nature generally wet, in the middle of which he could easily have walked, it was an experience not rarely painful and always unpleasant. The more he went forward into the castle forest, the more Adriano Pipelbom disliked the nature at night. A man with eyes that could see well in the dark, looked at the difficult course of our industrialist. He smiled. Next to that man with of police clothing, stood another person, in similar clothing. The latter was a woman.

"Let's go," the man said softly in the ear of his companion. "Now is the right moment."

Both stepped straight toward the high, wide, heavy, fat person. They were careful to do as little noise as possible. Young, agile, they almost succeeded.

In this dreadful situation, where trees wildly threw their wet branches directly on the face of the industrialist, where creatures with many feet took his feet for a promenade, where nature dropped his feet most painfully in a pit full of water with terrible smell, Adrian Pipelbom quickly arrived to the thought that here you must be ready for any unpleasant encounter. He was actually expecting anything, except a human voice. When, therefore, a voice was heard immediately close, he did a pretty good jump, which moved his heart, apparently, up to his mouth.

"What?" he said, with an unsuccessful attempt to recapture some calm. But the light of flashlight, which was directed straight into his eyes, hinder the reconciliation.

In addition, it seemed to him that the powerful man that was holding the flashlight, was wearing police clothes.

"What are you doing here?" sounded an authoritative voice.
"I ... I ... nuuuuu ... Eee ..." Stuttered Pipelbom.
"Please speak a little more clearly" The other said even more seriously.
"I ... I ... I am taking a walk."
"Haha!" You walk into the property of the Countess of Montokalva, in the middle of the night! Did the countess invited you? Does she know about your presence here?
"N ... well .... n ... no. I ..."
"So I must ask you to follow me." He explained that since the botched attempt to capture the countess by terrorists the police checks carefully what is going on in the vicinity of the castle.

To the industrialist it seemed as if this time his heart fell to his feet. He knew that not only would be difficult to find a reasonable explanation for his presence, and the idea that the Countess would know everything, lost him the little hope that remained after the first words of the policeman.

(From the novel "Ili kaptis Elzan" (They captured Elza) by Claude Piron)

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                From the book "Esperanto ne estas nur lingvo"    
    Esperanto is not just a language

1. First lesson. From the diary of an Esperantist

One day, I saw in my school the small green sign. It was on the entrance to my school. "Learn Esperanto! The whole world will be yours!"

This was the text on the small sign. I read the text and smiled. It seemed very unrealistic. I do not like advertisements. I do not like exaggerations. Every day I saw a small green sign on the door. "Learn Esperanto! The whole world will be yours!"

I was free that evening when there was the first course on Esperanto. I had no music-lesson or course in English. I went to the first Esperanto lesson. I just wanted to hear what it was all about.

Ten children sat in the class. They spoke audibly. I asked:
- Will the Esperanto course be here?
- Yes, here. Come in! Do you want that the whole world be yours? - A laughing boy asked.
- I don't need the whole world. - I said. For some reason I blushed at those words.

He did not ask any more. Then came the teacher. She was young and sympathetic. She did not speak too loudly. The boys and girls had to be silent to hear her. She did not speak about grammar. She was speaking about our world, in which "live" 3000 languages. Each language has its culture and its right to exist. Let's not learn only about the cultures of the rich and big. Let's open our eyes, ears and hearts also for small languages. Esperanto, a neutral international language, could get the world closer to us.

I decided to come to the second lesson. I also came to the second Esperanto-lesson. The teacher spoke of Zamenhof, author of Esperanto. Previously I had never heard of him. Lazarus Louis Zamenhof was a Polish Jew from the city of Bialystok, a boy with a talent for languages, who by means of one language wanted help to befriend the world.

The teacher talked about the linguistic situation in Bialystok, when Zamenhof was young. About human hatred and incomprehension. Many languages, hatred and lack of understanding we also today can encounter in every place.

I liked the idea of learning Esperanto. It's easy, I was able to learn it quickly. "Good morning. I teach Esperanto. I am a teacher. You do not teach. You learn Esperanto. I stand and write. You are sitting and writing words in Esperanto." Thus spoke the teacher during the first lesson. I heard her. I understood everything she said. I smiled at her.

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2. Second lesson. Letter    

Today during the lesson the teacher gave out addresses for us to correspond. I have also received a letter from Estonia. I'll have a friend in the town of Tallinn. I went to look at the map of the world, where this city is. For a long time I looked at the pretty stamps on her letter. Foreign letters seem to be prettier than country letters. My new friend has a very nice name.

Her name is Iria. She wrote:
"My dear unknown friend! I do not know Esperanto very well. In my family neither my father nor my mother speaks it. Perhaps my brother will learn Esperanto. I also have problems with the accusative. But I really like to correspond. Do you want to correspond with me? I am waiting for the mailman with your answer." "She is waiting for your letter. Do not make her wait too long", said the teacher.

That's easy to say. I like to receive a letter but it is difficult to write it. It's hard for me to talk about myself. What do I write to Iria? About my family, about my hobbies, my desire to visit my Esperanto-friend in Italy. My mother said she would give me money for the trip, if my grades are very good. I have to improve my grades a little.

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3. Third lesson. Guest    

Something interesting happened: in my city came an Esperanto speaker from Brazil! He is a friend of my teacher, and I went with her to the station to wait for him. He came by train from Paris. The Paris train was delayed for ten minutes. We walked and waited. I was impatient. Finally the train came. How to recognize an unknown guest among many travelers? It was very simple: he had a big suitcase with a green Esperanto star.

His name was Paul. He studied. He had a vacation and traveled around Europe. He did not stay in hotels. He was staying in houses of Esperantists. He had books with many addresses of Esperanto speakers. Before traveling, he wrote to them and they gave him accommodations.

I was walking later with Paul to show him my city. We were in churches and galleries. We drank fruit juice in a small bar. We wanted to pay. Then Paul saw that he had no local money. I went with him to a currency exchange. We look at the currency list. Then we went to an office window.

- Do you have traveler's checks? - Asked an employee. This was the first time I translated for a tourist about currency issues. Fortunately everything went well. Paul was now rich and invited me to a pastry shop. I like cakes very much. Two of my friends were seating at a table and eating cakes. They greeted me. I introduced Paul to them.

- Paul is my friend from Brazil.
- Does he speak English?
- No. In his country they speak Portuguese. I speak in Esperanto with him.
- Can you understand everything?
- No, I do not understand everything, but a lot.
I was glad that they could see how Esperanto works well. Paul went on a trip to Athens. He left me his address. Would he write?

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1. No Money But Love.   (Ne Mono Sed Amo)

Oh, what are you doing? now asks Mark.
I read the book, I learn the language.
Will you come with me to a coffee friendly?
You will drink the coffee, you will talk to me.

I thank you, oh Mark, I like the coffee,
if it is good, if it is hot.
I like to sit with you in the room,
but now I can not, I am telling you.

You say that you can not sit with me!
To my question, oh, what kind of response!
Yes, yes, my house is not a hotel,
But I have a chair, you will sit on it.

The question is not whether I can sit on a chair,
I can sit on tables, or on books.
But there is a question about my work:
If I don't do it, will you do it?

About your work, I can speak:
It doesn't give good, it gives only money.
But if you can please answer "yes" to me,
I will not give you money, but love for you.

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2. Unemployed.   (Senlaborulo)    

How long are the days for the unemployed,
who ate his last cake thirty days ago.

Drink juice, they said to me,
eat cake, they said to me,
drink juice, eat cake, you will become strong.
Drink juice, they said to me,
eat cake, they said to me,
drink juice, eat cake, you will be pretty.

Guys come, guys go, they look at me a long time,
Moving their hands, not understanding; the gift does not happen.
There are rich in the street, they go very quietly,
I hardly find the money that brings joy.

On the street with sorrow what can be done?
Before the entrance to a cafe should I stand alone?
On the street should I still stand or should I enter?
When being inside, well, what should I say?

Will the sadness show on my face?
Will a good fellow come to bring a cake to the table?
I should talk to the waiter without anger
of course, and perhaps coffee I would receive?
Do the waiter understand that I am penniless?
If he would give coffee to me, I will be glad.

Hear, hear, friends, the voice of the brother,
give a cake, give juice, along with the coffee.
Yes, brothers and sisters, you understand how much I am poor
Give a little pocket money, to me now, for me is enough.

Give me a drink, give me food, give much, much,
and I will give you my picture and my thanks.
And by now I finished the sad song,
You heard me, you understood, have my thanks.

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3. Nun it is time to love.   (Nun Estas Tempo Ami)    

The country feels bad, we take great care,
the costs are so high, we have no strength left
and every morning calls with a new desperation,
the cares longer mock us while the night is coming.
For hours we are traveling to the place of work,
disease terrify us during a doctor's call,
the bureaucracy sends one paper after another,
which prevents us from living until we are filled with anger.

The time to rejoice is coming, brothers, the time to rejoice is coming,
about problems no longer think, because they have an end.
Sing the power to love, brothers, sing the power to love,
About things we should forget don't worry, life will help us.

The house is small but a place of great need,
if we must buy, there is no more money,
life is hard, nobody helps us,
and anxious thoughts take us many times.
But tomorrow quite certain will return with hope,
pleasantly warm morning and songs during the evening.
The new life is near, the happy hour comes,
if we forget our worries, the work will be easy.

The time will come to rejoice, my brothers, there will be time to rejoice,
have in you a strong hope, and the joy to come.
Now it's time to love, brothers, now it's time to love.
Warm in you the greatest love, life will be a joy.

You are the most beautiful, and every concern
fall at once into oblivion if I look at you.
I love you most strongly, and if there is no money,
I have your beauty and live without needs.
Your voice is beautiful and also your face,
And your words of love that give joy are a pleasure.
You are my strength, you are my health.
Let us open the door of life, the door of love.

The time to love has come, my dear, the time to love has come,
Don't think of any weakness of yours, love will support us.
Sing the joy of loving, dear, sing the joy of loving.
Life cannot terrify us anymore because I love you.

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4. Mariana.    

It was, it was a beautiful night in May,
Mariana wanted to come to our meeting.

Oh, Mariana, sweet, tiny, Mariana,
Now I will wait for you until dawn.

Passed, already passed the midnight,
Mariana did not come
to our meeting.

In vain, in vain bloom the flowers in May,
Mariana did not come
to our meeting.

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5. Marisa, kiss me!   (Mariŝa, kisu min!)    

        Kantaro     partituro

All the boys and girls love themselves,
only that no one loves me.

Marisa, kiss me, without asking your mother,
she did it when she was young, kisses did not lack.

My mum punishes me, punishes me, punishes me,
if I love, if I kiss, a boy, you.

She's sitting, Mom is sitting in the yard,
while I'm in the room with a little boy.

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6. Where have all the flowers gone?   (Ĉiuj floroj estas for)    

    It is a song written by Pete Seeger and
    translated into Esperanto by Wouter Pilger.
    Follows the translation from Esperanto to English.

Kantas   Jacques Yvart  in Esperanto
Sang by   Peter, Paul and Mary

All the flowers are gone,
Where are they now?
All the flowers are gone,
Already for a long time.
All the flowers are gone,
A girl pressed them to her heart.
Do you understand now?
Do you understand now?

All the girls are away,
Where are they now?
All the girls are away,
Already for a long time.
All the girls are away,
Married after worship.
Do you understand now?
Do you understand now?

All husbands are away,
Where are they now?
All husbands are away,
Already for a long time.
All husbands are away,
They became soldiers, with pain.
Do you understand now?
Do you understand now?

All the soldiers are gone,
Where are they now?
All the soldiers are gone,
Already for a long time.
All the soldiers are gone,
In the tombs of the memory.
Do you understand now?
Do you understand now?

All the tombs are gone,
Where are they now?
All the tombs are gone,
Already for a long time.
All the tombs are gone,
A treasure of flowers covers them.
Do you understand now?
Do you understand now?

All the flowers are gone,
Where are they now?
All the flowers are gone,
Already for a long time.
All the flowers are gone,
A girl pressed them to her heart.
Do you understand now?
Do you understand now?

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How to use this page    

We believe it is possible to learn Esperanto by reading simple readings while we listen to learn the pronunciation, repeating aloud part of what we read and comparing with the English translation.

On the upper right we can choose the same texts in Esperanto, Spanish, or English. But it is better to open the Esperanto version in one window and the English version in another window, so we can see the two versions at the same time.

La Zagreba Metodo (The Zagreb method) is a short course to learn Esperanto, which uses around 500 words of most frequent use, to achieve fluency in a short time with a small vocabulary. It has a series of readings that only use these words. They are very good for beginners.

    Facililo   Facililo is a program for writing in Esperanto. It shows about 450 most common words in color green. The following 450 words are displayed in blue. Red words are not in the list ... they can be less frequent words, wrongly spelled, or not known.

We copied the text of each writing on Facililo. Those words that appeared blue or red, we copied below each text.

This program also serves to write in Esperanto using only the most frequent words.

This is the list of the   1000 most used roots.   Roots written in bold are more used than the others. Intransitive verbs are shown in red. Clicking on each word shows its meaning in Esperanto.

    Lingvoilo:   Controls the grammar and the spelling.

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