Esperanto Pronunciation CD

by John Wells.

CD label

This is an optional accompaniment to any beginners' course, giving advice on correct pronunciation.

You can listen to the entire CD online, and see its text, on the Esperanto Education website.


In Esperanto, spelling and pronunciation is completely regular; each letter of the Esperanto alphabet has one sound, and just one sound. This is very unlike English, where the sound of most letters depends on other letters in the same word, the meaning of that word, and even on other words in the same sentence. This is because words in English are drawn from many different languages, whereas Esperanto is a planned language, deliberately designed to be regular, and so easy to master.

Now because English letters have so many different sounds, English-speakers who start learning Esperanto usually need some help or examples, to master Esperanto pronunciation. Each Esperanto letter has a sound similar to the sound of one of its English or Scottish counterparts, but which one? This is where EAB's Esperanto Pronunciation CD can help. It contains advice and examples for all of the sounds of the language - and once you've mastered these, you'll be able to pronounce correctly every Esperanto word that you read, and to spell correctly every Esperanto word that you hear.

The CD begins with a short talk by John Wells, professor of Phonetics at University College, London, explaining why people learn Esperanto.
"There are three reasons why I think..."

On the next two tracks, John Wells explains each of the spellings and sounds that occur in Esperanto.
"e is pronounced ..."

He includes some special advice on the mistakes that native English-speakers can make when they first start learning the language ...
"be sure not to..."

... and each letter is followed with plenty of examples, to help you exercise and learn its sound:
"now say these words..."

In just twelve minutes, you will have been introduced to all the sounds in the language.

On the CD, we've also included an Esperanto song, so you can hear what it sounds like to sing in Esperanto. The song we've chosen also exercises Esperanto's numbers.
"# verdaj la junkoj ho" [Green Grow the Rushes Oh]

The final two tracks are a set of sixty simple expressions, presented in English and Esperanto, then vice-versa. Most of them are everyday words or phrases...
"kiel vi fartas ... bonege dankon" [How are you ... fine, thank you]
... but a few are far more specialised
"bonvolu venigi la portiston, laŭŝajne estas rano en mia bidejo..." [Please send for the porter, there seems to be a frog in my bidet.]

The CD is a "CD-Extra", or dual-format disc, containing both audio tracks and computer data. When you play it in an audio CD player you'll hear the six audio tracks. If you play it in modern computer's CD-ROM drive you'll get a menu that lets you read the Esperanto dialogues and exercises (HTML files), and play the audio tracks (MP3 files). As a bonus, on the CD ROM we've included a free distribution of Kurso de Esperanto, an Esperanto computer course for Windows computers, which comes with spoken examples and exercises. Kurso de Esperanto can be downloaded for free from the website, but having it on the CD saves you from having to wait while the program downloads. Do note that the CD-ROM feature isn't guaranteed, as some older CD-ROM drives don't recognise the CD-Extra format.

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