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How can I learn Esperanto online?

  • The Lernu! Website: TEJO has opened a new website called Lernu! which should become the place to learn Esperanto online. It has several courses available, each with text and often audio, and each word in the text can be clicked on to bring up the definition in a searchable dictionary. There is an instant messenger for talking with other people online, to ask questions or just to chat. There are flashcards for building vocabulary, an online grammar, Esperanto songs to download including the lyrics which are linked to the dictionary. And it's a beautiful site. Check it out!

  • Computer programs and courses by e-mail: USEJ's web page on how to learn Esperanto provides links to several online and correspondece courses. The Kurso de Esperanto is a great program for Windows. Also available is a 10 lesson Free Esperanto Course conducted by email with your own personal tutor. More experienced beginners may find Gerda Malaperis to be a helpful reader (an email tutor for Gerda Malaperis is also available).

  • MIT textbook: The MIT Societo por Esperanto has a short textbook which was written by one of its members for use in our courses. The textbook is available to download in three files: textbook (pdf), glossary (pdf), and pronunciation guide (pdf).

  • Online Chat: A good way to improve your (written) conversation skills in a foreign language is to join on line chat rooms in which that language is spoken. Esperanto Panorama's web site lists many of the options for chatting online in Esperanto.

  • Esperanto music: There is a wide range of Esperanto music available and much of it can be sampled on the Internet. Several groups, from alternative rock to hip hop to folk, have free MP3 downloads available at MP3.COM. Highly recommended are Persone, Kajto, and Dolcxamar. (Each band's MP3.COM page provides links to other Esperanto musicians, to the band's official home page, and to several Esperanto music resources, such as the web page of the Esperanto rock music magazine, RokGazet'.) The Esperanto music label, Vinilkosmo, now sells part of their catalog online. There is also a streaming Esperanto radio station on the web called Radio Esperanto, which displays lyrics and other information about each song as it's playing. There is a Brazilian website that has a of a few albums from many of the most popular Esperanto bands of the last couple decades.

  • Online Radio Broadcasts: Several radio stations around the world broadcast news and cultural programs in Esperanto, and make the programs available for download on the web. Among them are: Radio Poland, Radio Austria International, Chinese Radio International, Radio Havana, and Radio Vatican,

  • Esperanto Wikipedia: As one of the top 15 largest languages on Wikipedia, Vikipedio is a great resource to learn some Esperanto and learn about things in Esperanto.

  • Esperanto Web 2.0: Recently a few Esperanto websites have launched bringing the user-orientedness theme to the Esperanto community. Klaku provides a way to popularize Esperanto blogs and articles similar to the format of digg. Amikumu allows Esperantists from across the globe to form crazy friend networks like MySpace, but is not creepy like MySpace, because it is focused around Esperanto meetings and language and not stalkers.

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Last updated 22 Aug 2007 by ede [at] mit [dot] edu