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    Our friend Bill Chapman, an Esperantist since the age of 16, sadly passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 21 2020. Bill had been battling cancer, with his usual cheer and optimism, over the past year. Unfortunately, despite steps to isolate him, Bill contracted Covid-19 and was taken to hospital, where he left us, although not before telling the nursing staff all about Esperanto, true to form! It isn't possible to do justice to Bill in a notification like this one. Rest assured that there will be more about Bill in the next issue of La Brita Esperantisto. Much as many of us would dearly like to salute Bill, I'm afraid that lockdown restrictions limiting public gatherings and entry into Wales mean that it is very unlikely that we will have the opportunity to. If the situation changes, I will post an update. Bill's family have nominated two charities which meant something to Bill, should anybody wish to make a donation in his memory. They are: Citizens Advice Bangor, which offers free, independent and confidential advice that helps people with legal and financial worries, and of which Bill was a trustee; Awyr Las Gogledd Cymru - Blue Sky North Wales, an NHS Charity that supports the specific hospital wards, departments or community healthcare services which the NHS in North Wales cannot provide. Nia amiko Bill Chapman, kiu esperantistiĝis nur 16-jara, bedaŭrinde forpasis pace ĵaudon la 21-an de majo 2020. Dum unu jaro li bataladis kanceron, kun siaj kutimaj gajeco kaj optimismemo. Malgraŭ granda kloplodado izoligi lin, Bill bedaŭrinde enhospitaliĝis pro KOVIM-19. Plena nekrolojo aperos en La Brita Esperantisto. Pro la pandemio, ŝajnas neeble, ke eksterfamilianoj povos partopreni la funebraĵojn. Se la situacio ŝanĝiĝos, mi diskonigos la informojn. La familio de Bill elektis du bonfarajn asociojn al kiuj oni povus mondonaci memore al Bill. Tiuj estas: Citizens Advice Bangor (Konsila servo por civitanoj en la urbo Bangor), kiu proponas senpagajn, sendependajn kaj konfidencajn konsilojn al homoj kun zorgoj leĝaj kaj financaj, kaj de kiu Bill estis kuratoro. Awyr Las Gogledd Cymru - Blue Sky North Wales, bonfaraĵo de la nacia sanservo, kiu subtenas precipe la hospitalajn sekciojn kaj sanservojn en la komunumo, kiujn la NHS (Nacia sanservo) en Norda Kimrujo ne povas provizi.
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    We're very happy to share the information that the Universala Kongreso de Esperanto will be coming to our country in 2021! The venue will be Queen’s University, Belfast with the UK running from July 17 to 24! We're two years (and two UKs) away from the event so there isn't currently anything else to report. Keep the date free in your diaries and stay tuned for more!
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    Elections for trusteeship were held at today's AGM. All seven candidates were elected. Name (for/against/abstain) Ian Carter (43/5/3) Edmund Grimley Evans (48/0/3) Clare Hunter (50/1/0) Damon Lord (44/3/4) Lajo Miller (42/3/6) Ed Robertson (48/3/0) Richard Smith (45/1/5) Ian Carter was re-elected president of EAB.
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    There are no two ways around it; if you're going to learn Esperanto, you're going to need a dictionary. But where do you find them? Which ones are the best? Are there paper ones? Online? We've added a page to our Resources section which answers all those questions and more, plus provides links to recommended dictionaries. We hope you find it useful!
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    The courses Jen Nia Mondo 1 & 2 were published in the 1970s and remain fairly popular even now. Accompanying the courses were recordings of fluent speakers. Those recordings are hard to come by so EAB is making them, fifty tracks in total, freely downloadable.
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    We've got good news for our new learners! Two very popular teachers have confirmed dates for sessions at Barlaston on February 9 and 10. Ariel Bonkorpa (Lernu) and Tim Morley (Lernu Plu) will be pleased to welcome friends new and old to their FREE sessions at EAB's headquarters. Details
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    You wait for a launch and then two come at once! It's not only EAB's new site which has taken off this week. Over sixty years after the publication of the revered Teach Yourself Esperanto, its successor for the modern day, Complete Esperanto, has appeared on bookshelves on the High Street. The new book also happens to reside on the bookshelves in Barlaston, and to celebrate the release of a mainstream text book by a renowned publisher, EAB is offering it at a very special price of £20. That's half the recommended retail price. We don't know how long we're going to keep the price this low, so make sure to get your copy now from our brand new online bookshop!
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    We're delighted to announce that EAB has revised and republished Mil Unuaj Vortoj en Esperanto (First Thousand Words in Esperanto), and it is available in our shop for only £5! This new version replaces some older vocabulary items (eg audio cassette, video) with newer ones, the appearance of computers and televisions has modernised, and some of the translations have changed from those used in earlier versions. We chose a clear, distinctive font which is reminiscent of a child's handwriting and calculated to be easy for young children to read. If you've got the second version (with the red cover), then you will immediately recognise the cover design; we chose to honour the previous version rather than simply translating the text on the very different English cover. At only five pounds, a steep discount from the retail price of £8, the book is a bargain for children and adult learners alike!
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    We're delighted to announce that our latest publishing project is Spaco sur la balail', a translation by Ian Carter of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's Room on the Broom into Esperanto! We had hoped to launch the book at our conference in April. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has led to our cancelling the conference and to delays in the book reaching us. We can't currently be sure of the exact delivery date but we fulfill our pre-orders as soon as we take receipt of the stock. The book costs only £5. If you're from the UK, please note that you can include another 1.8kg of books in the package before the postage bracket rises (currently £3.10 for up to 2kg), so you might wish to take advantage by ordering some more books, which we'll despatch alongside it. Our Twitter account shows several books which are new in stock 🙂
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    EAB kreis konton ĉe SoundCloud, al kiu ni alŝutas sondosierojn de prelegoj el la pasinteco. La prezentojn surbendigis Ivor Hueting. Nove ciferecigitaj, ili nun estas disponeblaj al ĉiuj. La unua prezento alŝutita estas de nia honora prezidanto, John Wells, de la Universala Kongreso de 1989 en Brajtono. La temo estas enketo pri prononcaj preferoj de anglalingvanoj, informoj utilaj por la tiam eldonota prononcvortaro Longman Pronunciation Dictionary. Ĉu seka unua temo? Tute ne! Temas pri proksimume unu horon da flue elparolita Esperanto. Ne gravas ĉu vi estas nova lernanto, ĉu vi konas ĉiun vorton de La Espero: estas en ĝi io por ĉiuj. Ni aldonos baldaŭ kontribuaĵojn de Ivo Lapenna, Marjorie Boulton, kaj William Auld, por listigi nur kelkajn, kaj esperas, ke vi ĝuos, kio alvenos!
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    We're delighted to announce that EAB has published an Esperanto version of The Gruffalo, a world-famous story for children young and not-so-young which has sold over 14 million copies worldwide! As the exclusive world provider of La Krubalo, as he's known in Esperanto, you won't be able to get hold of a copy from anywhere before we send them out. We'll be doing this on December 2nd, so feel free to pre-order now at the special price of £5 (RRP = £7) to get your hands on a copy at the start of December. We're not imposing limits on sales, so if you want to save Santa Claus the trouble of thinking of presents for members in your family, but as many copies as you want! Please feel free to share La Krubalo's site on social media. This is a great chance to show Esperanto to the world!
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    After a successful Lernu and Lernu Plu at the end of March, we've set up another session, this time in June! Anna Lowenstein (Lernu) and Harry Barron (Lernu Plu) will be at EAB's headquarters leading FREE sessions on June 15-16. Both are very experienced teachers and are in regular contact with new learners. You're in good hands! Details
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    Update 85 (April 2019) has just been distributed to members. This means that Update 84 (January 2019) is now publicly downloadable.
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    Have you never been to an Esperanto event abroad? We'd like to help you take those first steps and are offering £200 towards your costs to participate in Somera Esperanto-Studado in Slovakia. It's an an event from July 12 to 20 and encompasses a mix of classroom activities (for all levels), tourism, and socialising -- all in Esperanto, of course! Details about our scheme
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    EAB is pleased to have arranged, in conjunction with Clive Boutle of Francis Boutle Publishers, a poetry reading in London. Spanish poet Jorge Camacho will read poetry from Star in a Night Sky, an anthology of Esperanto literature, edited by Paul Gubbins and published by Francis Boutle: Jorge will also read some of his own original poetry, including extracts from his latest collection Brulvunde: The event has expanded to include two other Iberian poets. Martin Veíga will launch his bilingual collection Diary of Crosses Green while Noèlia Díaz Vicedo recites poetry in Catalan: The following night, Jorge Camacho will hold a poetry workshop in Esperanto at the London Esperanto Club. Details: The poetry reading is on Thursday 22 November at Bookmarks Bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3QE. It is free to attend and starts at 7.30pm. The poetry workshop in Esperanto with Jorge Camacho is on Friday 23 November at the London Esperanto Club, Diorama Arts Centre, Regent's Place, 201 Drummond St, London NW1 3FE. The event runs from 6pm to 9.30pm. You don't have to be a club member to participate but please bear in mind that the only language spoken there is Esperanto. Beginners are very welcome to come along.
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    Can't make Lernu or Lernu Plu in February? Not a problem -- we're pleased to announce that there will be a session in March too! Maurizio Giacometto (Lernu) and Chris Lewis (Lernu Plu) will be making their debuts as EAB tutors as they lead FREE sessions at EAB's headquarters on March 30-31. Both are excellently positioned to understand and support our beginners since they too were beginners only a few short years ago. You're in good hands! Details
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    Following suggestions received from members over the course of several years, the trustees of EAB applied to the Charity Commission to revise the charitable object of EAB. The Charity Commission has approved the new wording and so the object of EAB reads now 'To advance education in and about the international language Esperanto and to preserve and promote the culture and heritage of Esperanto for the educational benefit of the general public.' The original wording didn't have any wording which indicated responsibility for cultural heritage, the over 100 years of Esperanto literature held in the Butler Library, which members and the trustees believe is incumbent on EAB to protect. The new wording removes some superfluous wording which didn't obviously relate to measurable charitable activity. After considerable research and internal discussion, the trustees presented the revised wording in the AGM of 2017, after which followed a period of consultation with members for one year. Articles inviting feedback from members were published in Update 78 and 79 and the revised wording was subjected to AGM approval in 2018. Of the 53 votes submitted, 43 were FOR, 8 AGAINST and 2 ABSTAINED. The trustees subsequently submitted the proposed wording to the Charity Commission, who have approved and therefore officialised it with immediate effect.
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    After an extensive period of development, the Esperanto Association of Britain is launching a new online home today. The site that you're currently seeing is not the finished version but we feel is stable enough now for EAB members to enjoy and assist with developing by offering their comments and suggestions and reporting bugs where they see them. Feel free to make use of the discussion areas, join one of our social groups, make purchases from our shop, contribute articles, read up on our classroom courses and see what we offer as distance learning, as well as finding out how to find other Esperanto speakers. And if you're new to the Esperanto Association of Britain, we invite you to read about who we are and what we do. Most of the content is currently in English. That will change in the future when the site stabilises and new features, currently under development, appear. We invite you to check back regularly as the site continues to take shape and hope you'll enjoy using it. We would like to pay tribute to Bill Walker, who administrated the previous site from its creation in 2005 until its retirement today. Bill himself refers to simply stepping in back then as a stop-gap and not at all expecting to still be here running substantially the same site so many years later. We are delighted that Bill has offered to continue supporting EAB with this new site and will be part of the team going forward.
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