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ESPERANTO ∙ LEARNING AND USING THE INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE

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David RICHARDSON - This introductory textbook begins with a short English-language introduction, covering the need for an international language. A series of lessons with exercises follows, concentrating on practical communication and vocabulary. The third section of the book is a graded reader, which includes history, letters, stories, and poetry that gradually introduce more advanced usage and additional vocabulary. The book concludes with an abridged Esperanto-to-English dictionary and an index. This fourth edition contains minimal changes from earlier editions. The introduction was shortened and edited by Lee Miller, Tim Westover updated the layout as necessary, Murray H. Merner updated the table of contents, and a new index was prepared by by Murray Merner, Paige Miles, Christopher Johnson, Chuck Mays, and Lee Miller. Ben Speakmon prepared an electronic version of the book. Illustrated. Fourth edition 2016. 330 pages. 220x140. Paper. USA. ISBN 9781543006544.

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Date Added: 09/24/2010
This is a great book , to familiarize yourself with what the Esperanto movement, and independent organizations are doing in the world. A small section begins your journey into the learning part of the International Language. Not the best guide to learning the language, but a good reader.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars [4 of 5 Stars]

Date Added: 08/26/2010
I was introduced to Esperanto through this book. I was giving a talk at our local library on the fast easy way to learn languages and I came across the book while browsing through the language section before I began. I read the book with great interest and it changed my preconceived ideas. I had decided that learning an artificial language was a waste of time but this book convinced me otherwise. It was a perfect introduction to the language for me. I did an Internet search and found lernu! and that site provided the audio to go with the book. I also have the Transparent 101 languages which includes Esperanto. This book remains my primary instructor. I have since bought my own copy - I kept renewing the library copy until my copy arrived in the post. I like the construction of the book. It introduced me to the language and its history, reasons for learning it, then an introduction with dialogues in the language, as well as reading material and a good dictionary at the back. For me it was a perfect introduction. Bill Handley

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars [5 of 5 Stars]

Date Added: 03/21/2010
The linguistic aspect of the book is excellent, but as a primer on the Movement, it is sadly and hopelessly outdated. Some photographs of the "contemporary" Esperanto scene are over forty years old, most are at least a quarter century in vintage. The web revolution is unknown. An updated edition is seriously in need. If this book is meant to entice new speakers, it will fail without a twenty-first century makeover.

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars [3 of 5 Stars]

Date Added: 05/27/2009
This textbook is a good reader, but not the best reference. REPOST FROM Amazon This recent offering in the field of Esperanto textbooks for English speakers tries to fill many roles. It gives a history of the language from its introduction in 1887 to the late 1980's. It also has a textbook for learning the language and a small, but good dictionary. Perhaps its greatest strength is that it combines these other elements with a selection of short readings. If you are only going to buy one textbook on Esperanto then Teach Yourself Esperanto or Step By Step In Esperanto would be a more complete choice. However, you should strongly consider this book as a second one to complement either of those.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars [4 of 5 Stars]

Date Added: 05/27/2009
A good choice for your _second_ Esperanto book... By Craig Kenneth Bryant (Atlanta, GA USA) REPOST FROM Amazon This book is divided into four parts. First is an extended essay on the language and the movement, past, present and future--good information for the newcomer. Second is a ten-lesson "basic course" that covers the gramar and hits the high points of usage--the lessons are acceptable, but not outstanding. Third--and the real strength of the book--is an intermediate-level reader of texts, with notes and commentary. Last of all, a word list that makes up a reasonable "my first Esperanto dictionary" before buying, say, the Wells dictionary. There are better choices for a first book on the language--in particular, the Teach Yourself entry--but I think this book is hard to beat for the _second_ book you put on your shelf, to expand your skills and deepen your understanding. That's how I'm using it right now, and I'm quite satisfied.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars [4 of 5 Stars]

Date Added: 05/27/2009
Excellent source of Esperanto reading material By Patrick Campion (Maryland, USA) REPOST FROM Amazon I purchased this book after I was already familiar with the basics of Esperanto, so I used the language lessons themselves as a review, rather than a primary means of learning the language from scratch. What I enjoyed most about this book was its history of the Esperanto language and movement (written in English, in the first section of the book), and the large number of reading exercises on diverse topics in the last section. The reading exercises are very helpful if you've advanced to a level where you find the basic stuff to be a little to easy and you're ready for more of a challenge.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars [5 of 5 Stars]

Date Added: 05/27/2009
Best all-in-one esperanto instroduction By Stephen B. Cobb REPOST FROM Amazon If you are curious about Esperanto or if you want to introduce someone to it, this is the single best all-in-one volume. Its four parts(history of the 'language problem', short course, readings, short dictionary) provide everything you need to get started (and more--honestly, the language is so easy). If you then need more material, there are many thousands more books and compact discs in existence, though Amazon.eo has yet to appear.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars [5 of 5 Stars]

Date Added: 05/27/2009
A very good book for a beginner. By Tony Freeman (Louisville, KY, USA) REPOST FROM Amazon I've tried other books before, but this is the esperanto teacher that I was actually able to complete. There's a history of the Esperanto Movement, ten lessons, lots of reading material and an esperanto-english dictionary (in that order). I found the book exactly what *I* needed in order to learn basic esperanto. If you're a beginner, then this is the book for you.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars [5 of 5 Stars]

Date Added: 05/27/2009
The Best First Book to the Language & the Movement! By Richard Kinne REPOST FROM Amazon I'd normally not want to simply add another "Oh this is a great book" to the list of reviews that is already here, but honestly Richardson deserves the praise. While the book largely tries to be three things at once it is successful to a good degree. The first part of the book is a good overview of the "language problem" and Esperanto's solution to is. It's also a good (but increasingly dated) overview of Esperanto culture and resources. The second part of the book is a reasonable 10-lesson section on Esperanto itself. it does a good job at this for its size by immediately integrating the reading of dialog at the end of every lesson. Finally, the most unique part of the book is its last part: a small Esperanto reading anthology that allows you to immediately try your new found skill. If you're interested in Esperanto in any capacity (save hard linguistics, perhaps) this book is your first stop. Get it.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars [5 of 5 Stars]

Date Added: 05/27/2009
Sensible approach to learning Esperanto By Jane James REPOST FROM Amazon.com This is my favorite beginning Esperanto book. The vocabulary choices are good, with more difficult words being introduced in a logical manner (not all at once!) The excercises are at a good gradient - not too hard -- and the words a new Esperantist would need are introduced early on. Within just a few days I was able to correspond with Esperanto speakers from all over the world. I highly recommend the language and this book!

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars [5 of 5 Stars]

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