Esperanto for Beginners (Experimental) MeetUp

Saluton!
Since probably only very few of you have ever learned Esperanto, I thought about creating a MeetUp to first explain what Esperanto is, how it is used where and by whom and what's so cool about it. And I'd like to also give a quick introduction to how Esperanto works (grammar, vocabulary). So it will also be like a little informal course on the language.

In case you have never heard of Esperanto: It's an artificial language created about 127 years ago, which was designed to be neutral (well, one could argue about that) and easy (which is definitely true, you can become fluent in just a few months!). Taking its words from many European languages, it's indeed a complete language in its own right with one or two million speakers in the world and even a few thousand native speakers.
I speak the language fluently and would like to teach it or inform about it in general. From experience I can say that this works best in a nice and cosy bar atmosphere. =)

You do *not* need to know a lot of languages and you don't need to speak Esperanto already (sed se vi jam parolas ĝin, mi tre ĝojus, se vi povos veni!), just be interested. We're going to meet at the Starbucks next to the Central station.

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  • André M.

    By the way, for planning our second Esperanto MeetUp (if you're still interested), let's see when would be the best date for all of us! Please click this link below and select all the dates that could work for you:

    http://doodle.com/3ert8xcg7tfbkq7z

    May 18, 2014

  • Karl B.

    Btw. is the fact that Polish people manage to speak Esperanto without accent due to the fact that it was invented in Poland and inspired by Polish pronunciation?

    May 16, 2014

    • André M.

      Yes, I think that might be a reason. It's said that Polish and Belarusian are closest to Esperanto in matter of pronunciation.

      1 · May 18, 2014

  • André M.

    Next time I should keep the time in mind and use more Esperanto. ;)

    1 · May 16, 2014

  • Karl B.

    Great group, I really enjoyed it

    May 16, 2014

  • Natasha

    Hi guys! Are you already there? Can't find anyone:))) is is the Starbucks just infront of HB?

    May 15, 2014

  • Tim P.

    Will be a bit late - hope to find you all. *Just a suggestion, but a lot of people get a lot of e-mails from meetup and may have missed the event location being changed and the old location is still written in bold in the event description

    May 15, 2014

  • Anvarzhon Z.

    Sorry guys - had my last meeting today at 18:30, so I will be late. Hope to still find you at your new location.

    May 15, 2014

  • André M.

    Important Note: I changed the location to the other Starbucks, next to the main station, because there is more space and less noise. I hope that's okay for you.
    Bring pen and paper; maybe you want to take notes. :)

    Grava anonco: Mi ŝanĝis la lokon al la alia Starbucks, apud la ĉefstacidomo, ĉar tie estas pli da spaco kaj malpli da bruo. Mi esperas, ke tio estas en ordo por vi. Kunportu skribilon kaj paperon; eble vi volos noti ion. :)

    May 12, 2014

  • Anvarzhon Z.

    "ma se vi ja parolas ol, me tre joyus se vi povos venar" - this is the same phrase, but not in pure Esperanto, but Ido. Not much more comprehensible for experts inEuropean languages, but still, "ma" instead of "sed", and arguably more recognisable verb infinitive ;) And even though Esperanto vs Ido vs other auxlangs argument is [so much] older than Windows vs Mac vs Linux, I am not taking part of it, am a great fan of upcoming Esperanto event and can't wait to see you guys.

    1 · May 6, 2014

    • André M.

      Ido, neat! Too bad my Ido dictionary is still at home in Germany. Looking forward as well. :)

      1 · May 7, 2014

  • Karl B.

    Funny, from knowledge of other European languages your Esperanto sentence can be guessed. ;-) ("sed=but se=if vi=we jam=already parolas=speak ĝin=a little bit mi=me tre=very ĝojus=please se=if vi=we povos=can veni=come???) I guess it is not all correct, but the idea of what I read makes some sense in the context. ;-)

    1 · May 5, 2014

    • André M.

      Very close indeed! In fact, "vi" = y'all and "ĝin" = it. You'll see that most of the language is already not too unfamiliar. :)

      1 · May 5, 2014

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