Learning Esperanto in Six Weeks - Day One


Okay, it's May 1st-time for me to start learning some Esperanto.

I took two approaches so far today.

While driving to work, I listened to the first couple of chapters of "Esperanto Self-Taught with Phonetic Pronunciation" by William W. Mann. The first several chapters are long lists of vocabulary, mostly nouns.

And though nouns are important, you can't speak with just nouns.

I plan on continuing listening to this audio book, even though it's probably not the most helpful thing to start with, because it's something I can do while driving. The narrator says a word in English, then a couple of times in Esperanto, and while I'm driving, I repeat the Esperanto words.

And I'm listening to the same chapter a few times. Repetition. Repetition. Repetition.

And I'm training my ear and working on my pronunciation while doing it.

The second thing I accomplished today was sign up at lernu.net and start their introductory course. I got far enough to take the first test and got 15 out of 15 correct. Whoo-hoo! Learning with lernu I felt I got farther than listening to vocabulary on my phone.

I also have a few flash-card apps I'm going to try out in the next couple of days.

It looks like there are seventeen of us enrolled online in the Learn Esperanto in Six Weeks challenge. That's not very many. I don't care if I win the top prize, but placing in the top three would be awesome.


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