Notoj kaj hejmtaskoj por la 13-a de Decembro



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Pasporto al la Tuta Mondo

Ĉu vi volas scii, kio okazos al Karlo, Helena, Ruselo, la detektivo, Jolanda, la ŝafo, kaj aliaj? En la kurso ni vidis la unuan ĝis la sesan lecionon, sed restas naŭ lecionoj pli! Ĉiuj estas videblaj en Youtube.

Feliĉajn festotagojn!

Notoj kaj hejmtaskoj por la 27-a de Novembro

Feliĉe, la kvina leciono de Pasporto ne prezentas multan novan informon. Ĝi uzas ĉefe (“primarily; mostly”) tion, kion ni lernis antaŭe (“before”).

In lesson 6 we meet new correlatives starting with neni- and i-, and we learn how to use the infinitive ending -i.


Video: kvina leciono

Video: sesa leciono


  1. Spektu (“watch”) la kvinan kaj sesan lecionojn de Pasporto, kaj legu la dialogojn. Espereble vi komprenos ĉion en la kvina leciono. Se ne, faru demandojn!
  2. Read carefully over the grammar handout and start the practice problems. For next week, do Praktikoj 5.5 - 5.7.

Tiel la mondo irasThat’s the way the world goes

Tiun ĉi filmeton registris reĝisoro Sam Green dum li kreis sian dokumentfilmon La Universala Lingvo. Li skribis:

“Jen ulo el Kubo nomita Juliano Hernández Angulo; li prezentas kanton en Esperanto nomitan “Tiel la Mondo Iras”. Se vi aŭskultos la tuton, mi garantias ke ĝi fiksiĝos nenuligeble, eble eĉ frenezige, en vian kapon. Ĝi estas profunde neforgesebla… mi havas fantazion ke tiu ĉi kanto/filmeto ege, viruse furoros.”

La vortoj estas sufiĉe simplaj; multaj en la strofoj — kaj aparte en la refreno! — devus esti rekoneblaj por lernantoj en la ĉi-semestra kurso por komencantoj.

This video clip was recorded by filmmaker Sam Green while making his documentary The Universal Language. He writes:

“This is a guy from Cuba named Juliano Hernández Angulo singing a song in Esperanto, “Tiel la Mondo Iras,” which means, “that’s the way the world goes.” I guarantee that if you listen to the whole song, it will become irrevocably, perhaps even maddeningly, stuck in your head. It is profoundly catchy…I have a fantasy of this song/video becoming a huge viral smash hit.”

The lyrics are relatively straightforward; many words in the verses — and especially the chorus! — should be recognizable for students in this semester’s beginner’s class.

Notoj kaj hejmtaskoj por la 13-a de Novembro

This week we began the fourth episode of Pasporto, which introduces the all-important accusative ending -n and a number of important affixes (see the handouts).

La espero

Do you remember how Georgo breaks into (drunken) song right before passing out at the end of part 3? Those lyrics he’s singing aren’t random; they’re actually part of La espero, an idealistic poem written by Zamenhof in the 19th century. The words were set to music in 1909 and the result became an unofficial “anthem” for the community of early speakers.


Video: kvara leciono


  1. Watch part four of Pasporto. Listen for the -n, which now appears everywhere. Each lesson contains a few grammatical elements (affixes, use of grammatical endings, etc.) that aren’t explained in the notes. See if you can spot some of these, and ask about them in class next time.
  2. Read the grammar handout and solve the practice problems.

Notoj kaj hejmtaskoj por la 30-a de Oktobro

This week we finished watching the third episode of Pasporto and practiced the prepositions en, apud, antaŭ, malantaŭ, inter, sub, sur kaj super.

We also talked about the long tradition of Esperanto-kongresoj: (conventions, get-togethers, courses, etc.) that Esperantists flock to each year by the thousands. Kongresoj are great opportunities to travel, learn about other cultures, and make friends from all over the world. Many of the events are youth-oriented, like IJK (Internacia Junulara Kongreso) JES (Junulara Esperanto-Semajno), and IJS (Internacia Junulara Semajno).

Rowland Goodbody is an Esperanto speaker from Britain who documented his adventures at this years’ SES and IJS on YouTube.


Video: tria leciono


  1. Rewatch the lesson from Pasporto, using the dialog (in the PDF file above) as a guide. Certainly some of the vocabulary will be new, but if you listen/read closely, you’ll also notice a few grammatical elements (e.g. suffixes, word endings) that we haven’t covered so far. See if you can spot a couple of these; write them down and ask about them in class next time.
  2. Solve the practice problems in the PDF file above. The translation exercise may be challenging; if you get confused, please ask questions!
  3. If you’re interested in using Esperanto for travel, follow the link to Rowland’s Youtube video. It has English subtitles that should load automatically.

Class notes and homework, Oct 23

This week we wrapped up the grammar from the second episode of Pasporto and spent time reviewing/translating selected phrases.

This week’s grammar handout has some elements from the third episode as well.


Video: tria parto


  1. There are no homework or practice problems this week. If you haven’t done the homework so far, use this as your chance to catch up!
  2. Watch the first part of episode 3 (up to about the 10 minute mark, when Georgo drops Flora’s vase). You’ll encounter things you haven’t heard before. Use this as an opportunity to search for new words in your dictionary and record new entries in your journal.

Class notes and homework, Oct 16

We watched the second episode of Pasporto al la tuta mondo, which introduces a lot of new grammar and vocabulary. This week we focused on the first part, which deals with numbers and telling time; next week we’ll revisit the rest of the episode.


Video: dua parto


  1. Carefully read over the grammar handout and then try the practice problems.
  2. Now re-watch the video and see if you can keep up with the numbers flying about when characters ask “Kioma horo estas?” and when Georgo and Flora talk about all the expensive fakturoj she has to pay. Use the printed dialogue as a guide.
  3. While watching, you’ll encounter a number of expressions and grammatical structures we haven’t talked about yet (or that we’ve only touched upon briefly in class). These might be good topics for mentioning in your Esperanto journal — or to ask me about, in class or via email.
  4. Send your answers to the practice problems to esperanto at If you send them early enough, I’ll try to get the answers back to you before class.

Class notes and homework, Oct 2

This week we watched the first episode of the videocourse/soap-opera/telenovela Pasporto al la tuta mondo, where we met the members of la familio Bonvolo.




  1. Carefully read over the grammar handout and then try practice problems 1.1 and 1.2.
  2. Now re-watch the video. (You can skip over the introduction and commentary at the end: the action begins at about 2:46.) Try to follow everything said; you don’t need to memorize all the vocabulary, but pause the video as necessary and check the dialogue and vocabulary list if you’re confused by anything.
  3. Solve the rest of the practice problems and send your answers to esperanto at; If you send them early enough, I’ll be able get the corrections back to you before our next class. Speaking of next class: due to the upcoming fall break we won’t meet again until the 16th… but please don’t wait until then to do the homework!

Class notes and homework, Sep 25

In the first class we talked mainly about Esperanto as a historical/social phenomenon, with only a little language instruction. Next week we’ll dive into the language itself.



  1. Read the class handouts. Don’t worry about the dictionary; it’s just there as an example. You don’t have to memorize it. :-)
  2. Sign up for a free account at Lernu!, a site with lots of great resources for Esperanto students. Spend a few minutes exploring the site. You’ll find courses, reading materials, forums, chat rooms, and more.
  3. Practice pronouncing the parts of the alphabet that are new to you. Read over the handout from class, and check out this interactive page at Lernu.
  4. Start an Esperanto journal: set aside part of a notebook where you can record new things you learn — and questions you have — as we progress through the course. Add a new entry every day with the new words you’ve learned, new grammar structures, etc.


Course time/location is set!

The beginners’ course starts next Tuesday, September 25th, at 7:00 p.m. in Hylan 1101. The choice of time was based on feedback from the students who’ve signed up so far. (Our apologies if it isn’t convenient for you.) There’s still a possibility to move the class time to Thursdays, if necessary; we’ll talk about this at the first meeting.

The first class presents a broad overview of the language and its history, along with some of the ways you can use Esperanto to learn about other cultures — through literature and travel, for instance.

If you’re curious to learn more about the language but aren’t certain whether you’re ready for a course, that’s okay, too — feel free to stop in and ask questions.

New course starting in late September!

We’re once again offering our annual beginner’s course in the Hylan building starting in late September. The goal is to help you acquire basic communications skills so you can start using the language right away.

All are welcome. This is a free, non-credit course, and all materials will be provided in class. To sign up, please send a message to esperanto ĉe lodestone punkto org letting us know you’re interested, and we’ll get back to you when all the details (times, room number, etc.) are set.

This is the fifth year we’ve offered the beginner’s course, and the track record is pretty good so far: our students have received five scholarships to study at NASK, the prestigious North American Summer Esperanto Institute. Several have gone on to earn certification in the Council of Europe’s CEFR system, and two even incorporated Esperanto into their degree studies at UR!

Libroprezento en la biblioteko Carlson
Esperanto book display in Carlson Library


Ĝis meze de Majo, la grupo Friends of the UR Libraries (“Amikoj de la UR-bibliotekoj”) prezentos kolekton de Esperanto-libroj el diversaj landoj. Ĝi situas en la biblioteko Carlson; serĉu vitroŝrankon apud la enirejo ĉe la dua etaĝo. Multajn dankojn al bibliotekisto Leah Hamilton pro ŝia granda laboro kaj talenta prezento de la libroj! Pli da informo… (angle).

From now until the middle of May, the Friends of the UR Libraries have sponsored a display of Esperanto books from around the world. It’s in Carlson Library, on the UR River Campus; look for the glass display case near the second-floor entrance. Many thanks to the talented Leah Hamilton for her great work on the display! More info…

Spring course cancelled!

Due to unforseen circumstances, we have to cancel the Spring beginner’s course this year. Sorry! We will still offer a free course in 2012, but we’re moving it to the Fall semester.

Our apologies to the students who were waiting for the Spring course. In the meantime, there are other resources available. In particular, check out Lernu!, a free distance learning site with loads of great material, and volunteers who will help if you get stuck. You may also want to check out our course notes from past semesters.