Eurotalk Esperanto Challenge

If you follow us on twitter @LingotasticUK you may already know our whole family is taking part in the Eurotalk 10 day Esperanto challenge. We’re playing with the u talk app and practicing some simple phrases together. I’ve also got Tim Morley (@ClubEnrolment) regularly tweeting me in Esperanto which is a challenge. (Yes, google translate does some Esperanto but also brings up gibberish at times). The twitter auto translate has so far called it Haitian, Serbian, Croatian, Lithuanian…

If you’ve not used the uTalk app before, the contents page looks like this.
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You can then choose whether to practice vocabulary or play a game.
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The games are simple multi choice to start with going up to speaking, recall and memory games.

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The u talk app is really useful for vocabulary words and short phrases but no mention of grammar rules etc to help structure conversation. When small children learn a language as a they are not taught grammar rules they simply play and imitate others. I was reading Gaston Dorren’s “Lingo” book. He talks about schools in the Isle of Man teaching children Manx. This celtic language has really complicated grammar rules so even adults learn it by imitating.

The u talk app is really easy to pick up and play for a few minutes and my kids know any language learning game guarantees them some screen time. They took part in the schools challenge a few months ago so easily can click into it. They love to play and are picking up some Esperanto whilst they’re at it.

The girls have quickly picked up the Esperanto numbers and understand the number logic. We now use some Esperanto around the dinner (tea) table. We will only respond to their request for water of they ask “Akvo, mi petas” Makes a change from asking for a cup of coffee in Mandarin! We love playing with languages (even if it is Northern vs Southern English)

Tim Morely sent me a link to his TED talk about the value teaching Esperanto as a second language at primary level so maybe even something I could teach at Lingotastic if I can find some children’s songs in Esperanto? I’m sure that will raise a few eyebrows among the parents! I’ll let you know.

Have you ever tried to learn Esperanto? How did you get on? Let us know in the comments box below.

2 comments

  • Bill Chapman says:

    Mi deziras al vi sukceson en la lernado de Esperanto. I am probably showing my age when I suggest that you might make use of some supplementary printed materials. I recommend “Mil Unuaj Vortoj en Esperanto”. See https://eo.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil_unuaj_vortoj It is available from the bookshop of the Esperanto Association of Britain, listed, not among the children’s books but among the dicttionaries. This book offers more than a collection of vocabulary, but can be used with structures by the parent, e.g. “Ĉu vi vidas boaton?” And for position words “antaŭ” and “malantaŭ”, and so on. Some chiildren appreciate “Alico en Mirlando” by Lewis Carroll. Having some knowledge of the story is no handicap.

  • Hi Bill

    Thanks so much for your feedback. We were sent a copy of Alicio en Mirlando as a prize for the competion. We came third! I’m surprised how much of the book I understand with my limited knowledge of Esperanto. I’ll check out the dictionaries. Thanks so much.
    Sarah

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