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Native Esperanto Speakers

21 Mar

Here is a fascinating interview with native Esperanto speakers:

 

You can find more details here.

My Chautauqua talk on Esperanto

25 Aug

This summer I had the honor of giving a talk on Esperanto as part of the Chautauqua Institution’s archives program.

You can hear it here.

On line Esperanto comics

4 Nov

You can read Cecilia in Esperanto here.

 

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And in English here.

 

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Happy Halloween! Esperanto version

31 Oct

“The Giant Spider” (“La Giganta Araneo”) Esperanto Trailer. I like the guy with the fly swatter.

 

Using songs in language learning

5 Oct

A nice post from Aiyshah about using songs to enhance language learning.

Here are songs in my three target languages:

Japanese:

 

Esperanto:

 

Here are the lyrics:
Tiel La Mondo Iras

Tiel la mondo iras, tiel la mondo iras.
Tiel la mondo iras, tiel la mondo.
Tiel la mondo iras, tiel la mondo iras.
Tiel la mondo iras, tiel la mond’.

Lundo, merkredo, sabato, mardo, ĵaŭdo kaj dimanĉo
jen milito, jen la paco, jen infano kun malsato.
La misiloj preskaŭ falas, la kolomboj malkonsentas,
estas tiel, estas tiel.

Jen virino kiu ne sidas, ĉar laboro ĉiam estas,
kaj la patro kiu ne alvenas, ĉar la poŝo estas malplena.
Tiom da manoj kiuj konstruas, kaj la aliaj kiuj detruas,
estas tiel, estas tiel.

Tiel la mondo iras, tiel la mondo iras.
Tiel la mondo iras, tiel la mondo.
Tiel la mondo iras, tiel la mondo iras.
Tiel la mondo iras, tiel la mond’.

Dekses horoj kiuj sonoras kaj ok horoj kiuj silentas
Multaj homoj kiuj rapidas, jam la alia tago venas.
Ni profitu la momenton, ĉar la vivo ne atendas,
estas tiel, estas tiel

Lundo, merkredo, sabato, mardo, jaŭdo kaj dimanĉo
jen milito, jen la paco, jen infano kun malsato.
La misiloj preskaŭ falas, la kolomboj malkonsentas,
estas tiel, estas tiel.

Tiel la mondo iras, tiel la mondo iras.
Tiel la mondo iras, tiel la mondo.
Tiel la mondo iras, tiel la mondo iras.
Tiel la mondo iras, tiel la mond’.

Iras por mi, iras por vi,
iras por ŝi, iras por li, tiel la mondo
Iras por mi, iras por vi,
iras por ŝi, iras por li, tiel la mondo

Tiel la mondo iras, tiel la mondo iras.
Tiel la mondo iras, tiel la mondo.
Tiel la mondo iras, tiel la mondo iras.
Tiel la mondo iras, tiel la mond-ooo iiirrrr-aaass

And the English translation per Google translate:

Thus the World Goes

So the world is going , so the world goes .
So the world is going , so the world.
So the world is going , so the world goes .
So the world is going , so the world ‘ .

Monday, Wednesday , Thursday , Friday , Saturday and Sunday
behold, a war , this is the peace , this is a child with hunger.
The missiles almost falls, the pigeons disagree,
so, is so .

Here is a woman who does not sit , because work is always ,
and the father who does not arrive, because the pocket is empty.
So many hands that build , and the others who destroys ,
so, is so .

So the world is going , so the world goes .
So the world is going , so the world.
So the world is going , so the world goes .
So the world is going , so the world ‘ .

Sixteen hours that rings and eight hours shut
Many people who are swift , and the other day comes .
We take advantage of the moment , because life is not expected ,
so, it is so

Monday, Wednesday , Saturday , Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
behold, a war , this is the peace , this is a child with hunger.
The missiles almost falls, the pigeons disagree,
so, is so .

So the world is going , so the world goes .
So the world is going , so the world.
So the world is going , so the world goes .
So the world is going , so the world ‘ .

Goes for me, is for you,
go for it, go for it, so the world
Goes for me, is for you,
go for it, go for it, so the world

So the world is going , so the world goes .
So the world is going , so the world.
So the world is going , so the world goes .
So the world is going , so the world OOO iiirrrr – aaass

Finally, Sanskrit:

 

 

What is Toki Pona?

30 Jun

Here at Peakmemory, I advocate language learning as an optimal form of cognitive exercise. A number of experts recommend studying the artificial language Esperanto as a good place to start. Esperanto is easy to learn, it builds confidence, and there is a lively international community of Esperanto speakers.

Esperanto is not the only artificial language. Here a blog post from Memrise, describing Toki Pona, an artificial language based on the Taoist principle of simplicity. The entire vocabulary of Toki Pona consists of only 12o words!

Here’s a video introduction to the language:

 

The Cseh method of Esperanto instruction

7 Jun

I have been reading Wendy Heller’s biography of Lidia Zamenhof. She was the daughter of Ludwik Zamenhof. the founder of Esperanto.

On page 88 I came across a description of the Cseh method of Esperanto teaching. Founded by Andrei Cseh, a Romanian Catholic priest, the Cseh method was designed to teach Esperanto to large groups of people without textbooks. The instruction was delivered in Esperanto and involved question and response. It is claimed that this was a highly efficient and effective method for Esperanto instruction.

I was pleased to find this video of Andrei Cesh demonstrating his method:

 

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