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!