Learning Esperanto

Basic Courses

Esperanto is far easier to learn than most natural languages, but it does take a little bit of work. Fortunately, only about 20 hours of study and practice is necessary to acquire a basic vocabulary and a good sense of Esperanto grammar. Here are some of the best ways to get started:

Lernu!
Lernu! is a portal Esperanto for learning Esperanto, including a wide selection of beginning courses in Esperanto, forums, information about the language, and much more.
Kurso de Esperanto
Kurso de Esperanto is a downloadable computer program which guides you through all the basics of Esperanto in ten simple lesssons, complete with sound files, reading, writing, and speaking practice, and the ability to have your work checked and commented on via e-mail by an Esperanto teacher.
Esperanto-USA
E-USA (also known as ELNA) is the national Esperanto association for the United States. They offer a free ten-lesson course with an instructor via snail- or e-mail, and have nearly two thousand titles of books and recordings in (or about) Esperanto available. You need not be a member to take advantage of their services, but members have the advantage of a nice discount. E-USA also organizes a national Esperanto conference each year, as well as sends delegates to international conferences. All the books in print mentioned on this page should be available from E-USA.
Teach Yourself Esperanto
TYE is an outstanding course book for English speakers beginning the international language. Unfortunately, it’s out-of-print, but there are many copies out there, as any search for used books will show. Prices tend to fluctuate from week to week.
Esperanto: Learning and Using the International Language
Probably the best book in print for English speakers beginning the language. It’s divided in three sections: a short history and description of the language, ten short lessons, and an Esperanto reader which continues the lessons while introducing the student to Esperanto literature and usage. It’s also very reasonably priced, especially if you order from E-USA.
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