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| WHAT IS ESPERANTO?|
Esperanto, the international language, is a language developed to make it easier for people of different cultures to communicate. Its author, Dr. L.L. Zamenhof (1859-1917), published his “Lingvo Internacia” in 1887 under the pseudonym “Dr. Esperanto”. It is now spoken by at least two million people, in over 100 countries. There are thousands of books and over 100 periodicals published currently. But what makes it any more international than French, English or Russian?
Incorrectly termed ‘artificial’ (the proper word is ‘planned’), Esperanto is specifically intended for international/intercultural use, so those who use it meet each other on an equal footing, since neither is using his or her native language. With national languages, the average person isn’t able to express himself as well as a native speaker or the gifted linguist. Thanks to its simple, logical, regular design, anyone can learn Esperanto fairly rapidly.
ABOUT THIS COURSE
This web-based course is based on a postal (snail mail) course in use today. Upon successful completion of the ten postal lessons, you will receive a framable Certificate of Completion. The “meat” of this web-based course requires the student be self-sufficient, using the an online tutor (see below) or FEC Group Moderator to answer your questions.
If you would like to use an online tutor, please feel free to take this course by registering athttp://pacujo.net/esperanto/course/ . You will be assigned a tutor, assuming they are not overloaded at the moment.
Here are the WWW sites of national Esperanto associations in the major English-speaking countries. You may be able to find a contact in your area to take the postal (snail mail) course. If your country isn’t listed, ask us and we can find the address for you.
Australian Esperanto Association
British Esperanto Association
Canadian Esperanto Association
Esperanto Association of New Zealand
Esperanto League for North America
The World Association is:
(** The first 10 messages are the FEC lessons. Additional materials (dictionaries, grammar overviews, etc.) are available in the “FILES”. **)
(** I have not used the postal options. To prevent difficulties due to changing postal addresses, the National Esperanto contact addresses have been removed. Please find/confirm the current contact information on the web. I recommend you print out and read/study the FEC at your own pace. — Group Moderator **)