Going back to practicing Esperanto after such a long time, many of this feels new, but I really appreciate how regular the language is, which gives me a leg up on answering questions.
For example, I've been doing flashcards on words like kio, tiu, kiel, kie.
In English these "who", "what", "when" questions would be harder, but Esperanto means I only need to remember two things- "ki"- question, and the affixes, and then I use little tricks to remember the affixes.
-o is noun- so that's easy
-u is who, and I remember it by thinking about "you"
-al - I think of Al Bundy being blamed on Married with Children.
I'm struggling with a pneumonic for -el vs -e but I have begun imagining "Where in E world is Carmen Sandiego" vs a leg moving for -el.
These are just crutches until it becomes natural, but with just a handful, I remember both the question and T- form (not sure what it's called).
I wish other languages were this easy...
@emacsen I was studying it months ago, I should pick it back up - nice learn a skill, really helps the depression
I'm finding it challenging to remember certain words. Mnemonic devices are crucial at this stage.
@emacsen I was using duolingo (proprietary, sorry) and it really focused on showing and not telling. Very heavy on the vocab, not so much grammar on the stages I was at.
You don't need to apologize to me for using proprietary software. I run some myself...
I used Duolingo as well for a while. My frustration with it was that, as you say, I wasn't getting a ton of grammar but also it was dinging me on spelling, which is something I struggle with even in my native language.
I'm too nervous to communicate in Esperanto, but maybe I should be reading lyrics or Esperanto media online.
1. Esperanto's grammar is largely in its affixes.
@emacsen yes the spelling was definitely a problem, however I did find Esperanto’s regular spelling to be much easier to grasp than my native tongue (English). What tools are you using to learn atm?
Right now I'm just using Ankidroid and two Esperanto decks, Esperanto 101 and the most common words on the Esperanto Wikipedia.
The other thing I'm doing is working to translate Esperanto stuff I see, and looking up words I don't know.
This song is incredibly simple lyrically and yet really beautiful (at least in my opinion!)
It's about a man whose relationship is in trouble, he feels because his partner is too demanding of him to be everything to her, which he expresses as "Mi estas superbazaro" :)
@emacsen wow that is a great song, thanks for sharing :)
Translating stuff would definitely be a great exercise, might have to merge that with my current interest of Gemini 🤔
Another thing I'm thinking of doing for both myself and possibly other is to take the 1000 most frequently used words in Esperanto and then make Anki cards with them that have the affixes broken down, and *possibly* color code the verb tenses, parts of speech and correlatives.
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