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[EN/EO] Do Esperanto speakers observe any special holidays? | Ĉu Esperantistoj observas ajnajn apartajn festotagojn?

[ ENGLISH ] People who speak Esperanto are called Esperantists, and they're as diverse a bunch of people as you'd ever hope to see. Among Esperantists you'll find Catholics, Baha'is, Atheists, Humanists, and Spiritualists. You'll find conservatives, centrists, liberals, leftists, and quite a few other political leanings. If you were to ask 10 different Esperantists why they speak Esperanto, you'll probably get 15 different answers, but the one thing they can all agree on is that they enjoy speaking Esperanto with other Esperantists.  So even though we have so much that none of us can agree on, we have just a few things that we can all agree on. The first cause for celebration is the birthday of the language, 26 July 1887, when La Unua Libro (The First Book) of the then-called "Internacia Lingvo" (International Language) was published. For this reason, the annual Universala Kongreso (World Congress) of Esperanto is organized by the Universal

[EN/EO] Listen and Learn in Esperanto: "Bela Birdo!"

The story "Bela Birdo!" was selected from the book "Kruko kaj Baniko en Bervalo" by Louis Beaucaire. Turn on subtitles in the video, or click here to download the book and read along ! I've included a list of some words and phrases from the text that you might not understand right away. Pajlo : Straw (from the French, " paille ") Ŝtopi : To block, clog, plug up, stop up, jam. In English we might say "stuff" but in Esperanto that's actually three different words: Farĉi is for stuffing food, and includes the farĉaĵo ( stuffing ) in the Thanksgiving turkey. Remburi is for stuffing furniture, and includes the remburaĵo (stuffing) that makes your sofa so comfortable! And finally, there's Ŝtopi , which can be prefixed with other words (such as Pajlo !) to clarify how or what kind of stuffing you're doing. Enmane : This is a word formed from the preposition En- ( in, inside ), the root Man - (hand), and the adverb ending - E . Toget

Announcements: October 2021

Bonvenon en Oktobro! Questions? Leave a comment below, or contact us directly! October 3rd @ 8am-9am - Beginner Speaking Practice This is an online event for beginners and will be conducted in both English and Esperanto. Participants in the 10-lesson free Esperanto course are especially invited to try out what they've been learning! To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/oez-zkcf-mny Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 226-214-8823 and enter this PIN: 349 387 524# To view more phone numbers, click this link: https://tel.meet/oez-zkcf-mny?hs=5 If there are no participants within the first 15 minutes, the meeting will be ended for the day.   October 5th: World Teachers' Day Every year October 5th is recognized by the United Nations in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO), UNICEF, and Education International (EI) to honor teachers and educators. NOEL invites its members to use this day to express thanks and gratitude to their o

[EN/EO] Listen and Learn in Esperanto: "La Nevenkebla Ĝeno"

  The story "La Nevenkebla Ĝeno" was selected from the book "Kruko kaj Baniko en Bervalo" by Louis Beaucaire. Turn on subtitles in the video, or click here to download the book and read along ! I've included a list of some words and phrases from the text that you might not understand right away. Invitite : Probably you don't need help to recognize the transitive verb "invit/i", but I bring it up to highlight its usage. This word comes from the verb root invit - (to invite), - it - (past passive participle ending), and - e (ending to show an adverb.) You might think that in this situation we should use the adjectival ending - a to describe Kruko himself, but this would create a different meaning to the sentence. For example, consider the sentence, " Ŝi vojaĝas sol- " ( She travels alone .) Would you give the root sol - (alone) the adverb ending - e or the adjective ending - a ? If you were to give it the adjective ending - a, you're

[EN/EO] Where do they speak Esperanto? | Kie oni parolas Esperanton?

[ ENGLISH ] Esperanto is a planned language which was developed by one person who, after having proven that the language is speakable and worth learning, and yes, even loving, then released his claim to ownership of the language and gave it to the world. This means that unlike English, French, German, Chinese, or other languages backed by a powerful government, Esperanto is a stateless language that is fully funded and promoted only by the people who speak it. Based on my own experiences, the #1 most frequently asked question I hear about Esperanto is, "Where can I speak it?" Well, like I said, Esperanto is a stateless language, so it has no homeland, but Esperantists are found here, there, and everywhere, and our homeland is wherever we gather. In fact, we have our own word for this and it's "Esperantujo," which literally means the place that contains Esperanto. It's a fluid concept, you know what I mean? Esperanto is spoken not by people who wa

[EN/EO] Listen and Learn in Esperanto: "Tri Deziroj"

The story was selected from the book "Kruko kaj Baniko en Bervalo" by Louis Beaucaire. Turn on subtitles in the video for English or Esperanto, or click here to download the book and read along ! I've included a list of some words and phrases from the text that you might not understand right away . Plenumi : This is built on the root Plen- (full), the suffix - um - (undefined action or object related to the root), and the verb infinitive ending - i . I included this word as something you might not be familiar with because it's easy to confuse with another very similar verb, " Plenigi ," from the same root Plen -, but with the suffix -ig-  (to make, render, bring about) instead of - um -. In this way, " Plenigi " means "to make full," or "to fill up," whereas " Plenumi " means "to fulfill or accomplish." If you want your wish to come true, then you need to " Plenumi la volon ! "  Farite: In English,

Announcements: September 2021

Bonvenon en Septembro !  Questions? Leave a comment below, or contact us directly! September 5th @8am-9am - Beginner Speaking Practice This is an online event for beginners and will be conducted in both English and Esperanto. Participants in the 10-lesson free Esperanto course are especially invited to try out what they've been learning! To join the video meeting, click this link: https://meet.google.com/oez-zkcf-mny Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 226-214-8823 and enter this PIN: 349 387 524# To view more phone numbers, click this link: https://tel.meet/oez-zkcf-mny?hs=5 If there are no participants within the first 15 minutes, the meeting will be ended for the day.   September 19th @8am-9am - Beginner Speaking Practice This is an online event for beginners and will be conducted in both English and Esperanto. Participants in the 10-lesson free Esperanto course are especially invited to try out what they've been learning! To join the video meeting, click this link: https