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[EN/EO] Whatever you're doing is Enough | Kion ajn vi faras Sufiĉas

[ ENGLISH ] I doubt that this exists only within the Esperanto community, but so I'm told a frequent problem among Esperantists is that they tend to buy books that are in, about, or both in and about Esperanto, but then instead of being read the books are almost immediately archived and never touched again. A little more than a year ago, I bought a stack of books in, about, or in and about Esperanto and used them to decorate my night-table. Finally, I resolved in January that I would read all of them this year, and so far I'm making excellent progress. Complete Esperanto by Tim Owen and Judith Meyer, Step by Step in Esperanto by Montagu Butler, The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Ne Ekzistas Verdaj Steloj by Liven Dek, Short Stories in Esperanto by Myrtis Smith, and Bridge of Words by Esther Schor have all been finished. I still have to finish Marvirinstrato by Tim Westover, and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein, but at the rate I'm going I think I'll
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[EN/EO] What historical moments define Espearnto? | Kiuj historiaj momentoj difinas Esperanton?

[ ENGLISH ] When it comes to languages, there are "natlangs" (national languages) which evolved organically over the span of centuries, and "planlangs" (planned languages) which were, well, "planned" and then shared by the people who decided to learn it. Although there certainly are great moments in the history of a natlang that will stand out in the history books -- for example in English, the Great Vowel Shift which took place over roughly 300 years beginning in the 1400's -- this kind of distinctive moment is pretty infrequent. But in a planlang, history isn't waited for, but literally made -- for example in Esperanto, the foundational textbook of the language, The Foundation (La Fundamento) can be tracked to a specific date when the language was released into the world. Esperanto is a language that spent more than 10 years in development by its creator, the Jewish-Polish opthamologist Dr. L.L. Zamenhof. During this time, Dr. Zam

[EN/EO] RPG: Roll For Shoes! | Rolludo: Ĵetu Por Ŝuoj!

[ ENGLISH ] Do you like D&D-style role-playing, but you don't like worrying about the rules? If so, the game you want is called "Roll for Shoes." In this game, players roll six-sided dice to answer every question about what happens, including to find out, "Am I wearing shoes? Roll for shoes!" This game is easy to learn and depends on the dialogue between the players and the game master, so creativity is king and imagination is your best defense in every challenge. Like what you see and want to give it a try? Take the rules back to your own group for game night, or better yet, check out our calendar of events to see when you can join one of our games! Rules are as follows : 1. Announce what you want to do and throw an amount of six-sided dice according to the level of the relevant skill that you have. Players may do this at will. 2. If the sum of your throw beats the opposing throw then the thing you wanted to happen will happen. The difference b

[EN/EO] Why should I learn Esperanto? | Kial mi lernu Esperanton?

[ ENGLISH ] In theory, I think that it's non-controversial to say that learning another language is a worthwhile and rewarding endeavor. However, in practice I've found that plenty of people like to tell me otherwise when I tell them that I'm learning Esperanto. These naysayers give me lots of reasons why I should be learning any other language than Esperanto, but the funniest thing is that they said exactly the same when I was interested in learning Russian, Latin, or even Arabic. And you know, the whole thing reminds me of an old episode of Star Trek: Deep Space 9 in which the workers in a bar want to form a union and stand up to their abusive boss. One of the workers refuses to join the union, and after a colleague asks why, he says, " I don't want to end the cycle of exploitation, I want to perpetuate it so that I can become the exploiter ." For me, Esperanto is the equivalent of participating in a worldwide union in support of peaceful commun

[EN/EO] Who created Esperanto, and why? | Kiu planis Esperanton, kaj kial?

[ ENGLISH ] Esperanto is a planned language, and that means that at some time soembody planned it. For Esperanto, that was in 1887, and that person was the Polish-Jewish opthamologist Dr. Ludvik Lazarus Zamenhof. Dr. Zamenhof was born in 1859 in Russian-controlled Poland. Although today's world is still far from peaceful harmony, the world in which Dr. Zamenhof found himself was much more divided than ours. Violence was a daily event in the streets, and people were separated not only by class, culture, and religion, but also language. For example, in his neighborhood people spoke Russian, German, Polish, Yiddish, and Belorusian. From when Dr. Zamenhof was a child, he witnessed terrible events among the residents of his homeland and he tended to believe that if only humanity had a shared language apart from the birth language, communication would be more likely than violence, and in that way hopefully peace would overcome war.  Dr. Zamenhof spent years planning a new lan

[EN/EO] What is a planned language? | Kio estas planlingvo?

[ ENGLISH ] I think that if I asked you to name a planned language and tell me why it was created, you wouldn't even know where to begin, but if I asked you to name your favorite fantasy language you'd know exactly the answer. If you've ever watched any of the shows or movies within the "Star Trek" universe then you've heard Klingon (spoken by the eponymous Klingons). If you've ever watched the movies "The Hobbit" or "The Lord of the Rings," then you've heard both Elvish (spoken by the Elves) and Black Speech (spoken by the servants of Mordor). If you've ever watched the movie "Avatar," then you've heard Na'vi (spoken by the eponymous Na'vi). If you've ever watched the show "Game of Thrones," then you've heard High Valyrian, spoken by the cultural and academic elite in Westeros. All these languages were deliberately planned and created to serve a purpose, and so too was Esperan

[EN/EO] Why should I learn another language? | Kial mi lernu plian lingvon?

[ EN ] Hi, friends! This is James in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and I'm going to show you five reasons why you should learn another language. First, learning to speak another language is just plain good for your health! There are numerous studies that show how people who learn another language have better memory as they age and lower rates of dementia.  Second, learning another language is a terrific hobby! Languages are like puzzles, each with its own rules, and learning how those rules work is every bit as satisfying as a crossword puzzle.  Third, learning another language unlocks a new world of music, literature, and world culture that you couldn't access before! There's so much original music and literature all over the world, and so many exciting places to see, but without the right language, it's virtually impossible to fully appreciate. Fourth, learning another language can help you work and do business with an entirely new group of people! Whether yo