Luminary Perspective

March 20, 2006

Stuff about Esperanto

Filed under: Accelerated Learning, Technical, Writing & Education — Luke @ 12:31 pm

One of my favorite languages is esperanto. I like it because it is as easy for me to learn as it is for anyone else in the world. That’s not quite true of english, which is not as easy for everyone else to learn as me.

In esperanto, there is a set of root words. These can be made feminine, negated, or conjugated in various ways by adding the proper suffixes. They can also be made nouns, plural nouns, objects, subjects, adjectives, past tense verbs, present tense verbs, and future tense verbs. In every case, these are added in a consistent manner so you can apply the same rule in every situation.

Some roots are vir, akv, frat, est, am. Viro is a man, virino is a woman. Akvo is water, and akva is wet. Frato is brother, fratino is sister. Malfrato is a non-sibling, and malakva is dry. Estas is to be in the present, estos is to be in the futire, and estis is to be in the past. “Mi amos min fratino” means I will love my sister. “Li estas min frato” means “he is my brother/sibling.” “Ili estas fratoj” means “they are siblings.”

All in all, it is an easy language to pick up, compared to most others. (Admittedly, so are most other constructed languages.) It is also a good introduction to the learning of foreign languages, teaching people to think in terms of the parts of speech and the variety of ways they can be represented.

ES Advantages
PE  easy to learn : same from any background : intro to linguistics
RA Basics
NT  set of roots : repeatable rules : consistent pronunciation
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Esperanto in English

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2 Comments »

  1. Thanks for the comment, Luke. Do I know you? The name sounds very familiar…. 😉 Anyway, have a great day!

    Comment by Josiah — March 21, 2006 @ 5:17 am

  2. Hi Josiah,
    I found your blog from Eliot Wasmund’s which I found from Problogger, which I found from Steve Palina’s blog. Probably never met IRL, so nice meeting you. Thanks for the comment 🙂

    Comment by Luke — March 21, 2006 @ 6:32 am


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