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[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