Tag Archives: Esperanto

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:

 

 

NPR: Language Boot Camp For Mormon Missionaries

8 Jun

Yesterday, I blogged about the Cesh method for teaching Esperanto. By coincidence, NPR ran this interesting story about the language instruction program for Mormon missionaries:

“there’s a difference between training soldiers and training missionaries. To study Mandarin at the Defense Language Institute takes 64 weeks; missionaries leave the training center after just nine.”

The success of the Mormon program seems some combination of instructional method and student motivation. When I last checked there were over 290 comments on the NPR story, definitely worth browsing. Many graduates, and others, familiar with the program, describe the strength and limitations of the training. For example:

“I live in Thailand and we have many (way too many) Mormon missionaries here (as well as many other missionaries). I speak Thai reasonably well for a non-native speaker but the Mormon missionaries that arrive here can barely hold a conversation with 6 year olds. They do tend to get better over the course of there time here but none I have met would be able to achieve success in the Grade 6 government proficiency examination.”

 

 

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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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Start learning a new language today!

4 Jun

Yesterday, I blogged about the mounting evidence that second language learning, even for adults, may reduce the risk of dementia. I have also suggested that Esperanto is an ideal candidate for new language learners. Recently, Benny The Irish Polyglot has been filming his girl friend’s attempts to learn that language.

Here is his explanation of the project:

 

“Since I’m too busy on my book tour and maintaining my languages this year to learn a new language, she said that she would love to get into language learning herself. Thinking long-term though, I highly recommended that she start with Esperanto. It also turns out that a group of other people are learning Esperanto at the same time, with the deadline of the polyglot conference in Berlin, so we ran with that idea!”

 

 

 

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Welcome Esperantists!

13 Mar

The last few days has brought a number of emails from Esperantists. Readers of this blog know that I advocate language learning both in its own right and for its possible effects as a cognitive enhancer. The three languages that interest me are Esperanto, Japanese, and Sanskrit. Lately, I have mostly been concentrating on Japanese, but I study  a little bit of each language everyday. I use Memrise to maintain and increase my vocabulary in all three languages.

I have, at this point, a rudimentary Esperanto vocabulary, but given my new Esperantist friends, I’ll have to aim for greater fluency. In the meantime I’ll ask my correspondents to be patient, it may take me a few days to respond, but thank you for your interest!

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Bonan Novjaron!

1 Jan

From several years ago, Benny, the Irish Polyglot, celebrated the New Year in Esperanto:

Happy Zamenhof day!

15 Dec

Today is Zamenhofa Tago, or Zamenhof Day, the birthday of Ludwig Zamenhof, the inventor of Esperanto. Readers of this blog know that I am an advocate of Esperanto. Learning Esperanto is worthwhile in its own right, but is also may help you learn other languages.

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To give you an idea of the worldwide Esperanto community. Here, in Esperanto, is a video of a Zamenhof Day celebration held a few years ago in Brazil:

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