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Are you a Duolingo learner? How are you finding it? What do you use to supplement it? How are you going about learning Esperanto?

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Hi Tim

To be honest I found Duolingo tedious after covering 3/4 of the full esperanto tree. Every now and then I go back to try to carry on. Personally more than anything I find the phone app (IOS) a real drag - to complete a single lesson you have to answer about 50 questions and to complete a Level would be around 50 * 5 = questions. Its an epic ride to complete the full tree!! 250 * 25 -ish levels --- thats a lot!!

I'm currently part way through COMPLETE ESPERANTO by Tim Own and Judith Meyer - this includes much longer length real-life audio. Another good thing about the audio is that you can do is slow the play-back or speed it up if you really want to test yourself.

I can't believe it but I actually gone back to using the Memrise app ( a bit like flash cards) because its easy and all the lessons are in smaller chunks so I can fit this much more easily if I don't have much time or feeling tired for example.

I'm also part way through Karlo by Edmond Privat (Facila Legolibro) - each chapter is a step up after the one before. Its a push to get through but I have an onklino friend from edukado.net who helps me through each chapter. As a reward for eventually reading the book, she's going to send me a copy of William Auld's new PAŜOJ AL PLENA POSEDO. The sooner I get to that level the better.

I tried lernu.net but ran out of motivation by chapter 10 and as a complete beginner I didn't know where or how to start with lerni !! I guess thats another story bu I'm ok now of course.

Mostly on a social front, I had been arranging Skype meetings for practice live conversation / activities / even lessons at one point. Thats slowed down now but hope to pick that up again once I'm about half way through the new EAB book :)

So basically, the above is how I keep going :)

Cheers

Matio

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Saluton

I'm a recent convert to Esperanto and have tried a few routes to start.  I was initially drawn to Lernu and was surprised how quickly I could recite a page of Esperanto.  I purchased Complete Esperanto and have recently enrolled on the Elementary Course available from this site. It was initially a bit confusing, having 3 books open at the same time, but it's staring to come together now.  For £30 it's a great course, 3 books plus access to online files and audio.....and a personal tutor !   I will check back later to tell you how I'm getting on......cheers

 

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Saluton David,

Congratulations on your choices: Lernu!, Complete Esperanto and the Elementary Course available here from EAB. All great ways to learn Esperanto. The Elementary course you mention is great and, as you say, offers so much with the reading book, the exercise book, the language and the grammar explanations as well as the access to online file and audio. The best feature though is the access to a personal tutor who follows your progress, corrects your exercises and spurs you on to keep on improving. Thanks for the thumbs up for this EAB course, keep telling everyone about it and all the best with your progress in Esperanto!

Amike,

MaŭRico

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Saluton again.

Sent off answers for the 1st chapter of the 'Elementary'course and got a prompt response from my tutor.   It took me a while to get to that point as I was busy at work, but the tutor was understanding.  In the interim I have also been reading the old short book 'The Esperanto Teacher' available from this site. I actually really like this one - as it easily nailed a couple of aspects I was unclear about .....such as the use of 'n' to distinguish the 'object' from the 'subject' and how this principle carries across all the words relating to the object.

As with anything you are learning new, there is a learning curve and every time something starts to make sense, you open the next page to be greeted by a whole new batch of grammar that immediately sets you back.  But I will not give up.    I will keep you updated as I go....if you are also a Komencanto and still progressing, feel free to send me a message - it would be good to support each other through.......Dankon !

 

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