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Announcements: December 2021

Bonvenon en Decembro! NOEL typically hosts a few events every month, however the usual host (James, in Sault Ste. Marie) delivers packages with Purolator and given that it's peak season he's busier than a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest. For this reason, NOEL is going on break for December and will reconvene in January after peak season for couriers has passed. Have a happy New Year, and we'll see you in January!

[EO] Sault Ste. Marie in Esperanto 11/7/21

Restu ĉehejme kaj ne risku la vivon! Antaŭ pli ol jaro, la landlimo inter Usono kaj Kanado ĉe Su-Sankta-Mario estis fermita al neenda vojaĝado, sed morgaŭ matene la Usona flanko rebonvenigos vojaĝantojn. Klarigante la situacion en Oĝibva kantono, diris S-no Lana Steinhaus (Stajnhaŭs), vic-oficisto de la Fako pri Sano en Oĝibva kantono, "Ni ne starigas limigojn ĉe ĉi tiu flanko. Ni neniel limigas publikajn renkontiĝojn, kaj ne postulas ke oni surhavu buŝomaskojn. Kompreneble oni estas libera surhavi maskon (se tion oni volas). Iuj komerclokoj eble postulas masksurhavadon kaj tio estas ilia postulo. Ni ne postulas tion. La vendejoj havas la rajton fari la proprajn decidojn, sed estas nek tut-kantona postulo ke oni surhavu buŝomaskon, aŭ tut-subŝtata ordono kontraŭ renkontiĝoj."  Nu, ĉu tio logus vin al Miĉigano? Lastafoje mi kontrolis la paĝaron de la Fako pri Publika Sano de Algoma distrikto en Ontario , en la tuta distrikto de la komenco de la pandemio ĝis hodiaŭ

Announcements: November 2021

Bonvenon en Novembro! Questions? Leave a comment below, or contact us directly ! November 7th @ 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. November 21st  @ 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://m

[EN] Listen and Learn in Esperanto: Dorothy and the Tornado (w/ Vocabulary Guide + Subtitles)

The following vocabulary and grammar reference has been created to help students as they listen and learn with this spoken excerpt from chapter 1 of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, translated into Esperanto by Donald Broadribb. Subtitles are available in both English and Esperanto, and students may download the entire book in Esperanto here . This guide covers vocabulary and grammar which most beginners will find unfamiliar or challenging. Complete beginners with no knowledge of the language are invited to start learning Esperanto today with the help of a tutor! " Ondi " means to swell, ripple, undulate, wave. This is also our basis for the verb " Ondiĝi " which  means for something to become in the state of swelling, rippling, undulating, or waving. We'll also get our nouns " Ondo ," most usually seen as "Wave" and " Ondeto " for ripple. " Fajfi " means to whistle. Incidentally, it also appears as the only non-literal figure

[EO] Sault Ste. Marie in Esperanto 10/23/2021

Pafu la Pafilegoj! La 23'an de Oktobro, la 49'a regimento de la Reĝa Kanada Artilerio observis la 150'an datrevenon de la fondiĝo de la RKA. Por celebri la okazon, la regimento starigis pafilegon ĉe Topsejl insulo sude de Belvju Parko kaj pafis tri malplenajn kartoĉegojn. Artileriaj regimentoj ĉie en Kanado same celebris la datrevenon, kaj filmo eldoniĝos el filmetoj pri la tuta pafadaro. Ni memoru ke libereco ne estas senpaga, kaj kvankam neniu volu batali, ni estu dankema ke niaj soldatoj staras pretaj por servi.  Legu pli ĉi tie . Muziku la muzikistaro!  La 22'an de Oktobro, la Simfonia Muzikistaro de Su-Sankta-Mario unuafoje de post Februaro 2020 muzikis antaŭ spektantaro. Kvankam nur 10 kordinstrumentistoj el la iom pli ol 40-membra muzikistaro muzikis antaŭ 50-membra spektantro, diris Louis St. Pierre, estrarano de la muzikistaro, "Sentas nepre mirige." Kvankam ni ĉiuj maltrafis la plej belajn vidojn kaj profundajn ĝojojn de la somero pro la

[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

[EN] Listen and Learn in Esperanto: "Pli bone malfrue ol neniam!"

The story "Pli bone malfrue ol neniam" 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. Senspiriĝinte : The language Esperanto is agglutinative, which means that you can "glue" parts of the language together to create brand new words as needed. In this case, we're looking at five things: Sen - (prefix meaning "without"), - spir - (the root for breath or breathing), - iĝ - (the suffix to indicate transition from one state to another or becoming), - int - (the past active participle ending to show an action that has completed), and - e (the ending used to indicate an adverb). So put it all together, and you get an adverb meaning, "Having become without breath," and in this case, modifies how the old man reports to the

[EN/EO] Is Esperanto a religion? | Ĉu Esperanto estas Religio?

[ ENGLISH ] From time to time, when I share my love of Esperanto with people who've never heard of it, I get a response as if I were a missionary spreading the holy gospel, or I'm even asked point blank if Esperanto is some kind of religious movement. In defense of these people, I fully acknowledge that my passion for the language and the movement can come off too strong!  But, is Esperanto a religion? The short answer is, no, Esperanto is categorically not a religion or spiritual movement. Esperanto is a language, and it's up to the speaker to decide what to talk about! The long answer is still no, Esperanto has definitely no relation to faith (or lack thereof), but it has been given special prominence in some groups. The most prominent example I can give is the Baha'i faith which has long supported the adoption of an international bridge-language to help communication and foster peace. For this reason, Esperantism -- the movement supported by many people who speak Esp

[EN] Listen and Learn in Esperanto: "Pli ol Fantazio"

The story "Pli ol Fantazio" 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. Voluptovendistino : This word is formed from five parts: Volupto - (sensual pleasure), - vend - (the root for sales and selling), - ist - (the suffix used to denote an occupation or professional relationship), - in - (the suffix used to specifically indicate a woman), and the noun ending - o . Or in other words, a woman who professionally sells pleasure, or " a woman of the night ." Putino : This word is formed from three parts:  Put - (the root for a deep hole or well), - in - (the suffix used to specifically indicate a woman), and the noun ending - o . Or in other words, this is the vulgar slur for "whore" and is not appropriate for polite conversation.

[EN/EO] What is the "Internal Idea?" | Kio estas la "Interna Ideo?"

[ ENGLISH ] Esperanto is a planned language that was published in 1887 in the hope that if more people could directly talk to one another, that fewer people would fight with each other. In the beginning of the Esperanto movement, the language and the goal were one and same, but as language and the movement matured, the two began to separate. Esperantism, the movement to promote Esperanto as an international auxiliary language, of course still exists and is advanced by several national and international organizations. However, Esperantism doesn't require that Esperantists -- the people who speak Esperanto -- join or support that movement. After all, a language is a means of communication, and it's up to the individual to decide what to talk about, right? In Esperantism, this is referred to as the "internal idea," and fundamentally means that every person who speaks Esperanto is free to choose why and to what end he or she chooses to speak it.  Whether you w

[EN/EO] Stop talking to each other! | Ĉesu alparoli unu la alian!

[ ENGLISH ] So, let's be honest: when you think of the planned language Esperanto, you probably don't think of danger and intrigue. But then again, you're also probably not a fascist or an authoritarian, and almost definitely not a dictator or autocrat. Think about it: if you were part of a ruling party, or were yourself a ruler, who depended on playing one class against another and limiting communication with outsiders, the existence of an international language that is easily learned is a pretty big danger to your interests. Despite the efforts of government censors, Esperanto enjoyed growing popularity after it was published in 1887, but it eventually became a blank canvas on which dictators and autocrats painted whatever danger they most feared (or wanted their countries to fear.) Esperanto was most especially despised by Adolph Hitler who named it specifically in "Mein Kampf", but it was also feared by the USSR's Joseph Stalin, and Albania'

[EN/EO] Whatever you're doing is Enough | Kion ajn vi faras Sufiĉas

[ ENGLISH ] I doubt that this exists only within the Esperanto community, but so I'm told a frequent problem among Esperantists is that they tend to buy books that are in, about, or both in and about Esperanto, but then instead of being read the books are almost immediately archived and never touched again. A little more than a year ago, I bought a stack of books in, about, or in and about Esperanto and used them to decorate my night-table. Finally, I resolved in January that I would read all of them this year, and so far I'm making excellent progress. Complete Esperanto by Tim Owen and Judith Meyer, Step by Step in Esperanto by Montagu Butler, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Ne Ekzistas Verdaj Steloj by Liven Dek, Short Stories in Esperanto by Myrtis Smith, and Bridge of Words by Esther Schor have all been finished. I still have to finish Marvirinstrato by Tim Westover, and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein, but at the rate I'm going I think I'll

[EN/EO] What historical moments define Espearnto? | Kiuj historiaj momentoj difinas Esperanton?

[ ENGLISH ] When it comes to languages, there are "natlangs" (national languages) which evolved organically over the span of centuries, and "planlangs" (planned languages) which were, well, "planned" and then shared by the people who decided to learn it. Although there certainly are great moments in the history of a natlang that will stand out in the history books -- for example in English, the Great Vowel Shift which took place over roughly 300 years beginning in the 1400's -- this kind of distinctive moment is pretty infrequent. But in a planlang, history isn't waited for, but literally made -- for example in Esperanto, the foundational textbook of the language, The Foundation (La Fundamento) can be tracked to a specific date when the language was released into the world. Esperanto is a language that spent more than 10 years in development by its creator, the Jewish-Polish opthamologist Dr. L.L. Zamenhof. During this time, Dr. Zam