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Invitation to Esperanto Sumo (Daily reading activity, May 6th to 20th

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An interesting Esperanto activity is sponsored by Japanese Esperantists and is called Esperanto Sumo. More than 100 individuals participate; I was the first US Esperantist to do so in the March period this year. My students will be joining me in the May Sumo contest and I would like to invite others to join us.

The idea is that each individual commits to reading a certain number of pages or chapters each day from a book of one's choosing. Every two or three days you report on whether you have met your goal and this is compiled and published by the organizers.

At the end of the 15 days of reading, readers publish a summary of their book that is shared among the participants.

It is an interesting way keep one engaged and for some can provide the motivation to keep with a routine.

My class is currently starting the book Karlo ( and each student will use a chapter a day from it, or a reading of their choosing, for the contest. I invite others to consider joining us. More information is below:

Invito al Esperanto-Sumoo
HORI Yasuo

Sumoo estas japana tradicia lukto. Ĉiun jaron okazas 6 konkursoj en neparaj monatoj: januaro, marto, majo, julio, septembro, kaj novembro. Unu konkurso daŭros 15 tagojn. Okaze de tiuj konkursoj mi proponas al vi partoprenon en Esperanto-Sumoo.

En la marta-sumoo 120 homoj el 26 landoj partoprenis, kaj ili legis entute 10000 paĝojn.
La maja sumoo okazos ekde la 6a de majo ĝis la 20a.
Vizitu nian TTT-ejon por pli detale scii, kio estas nia sumoo:

1. Celo:
Legi Esperanto-librojn kun ĝojo

2. Luktmaniero:
1) Elektu libron, kiun vi legos dum tiu konkurso.
2) Decidu kiom da paĝoj vi legos por unu tago laŭ via kapablo.
3) Laŭ la irado de vera Sumoo-konkurso, ni luktadas. Se vi legas pli ol promesitaj paĝoj ĝis la noktomezo de tiu tago, vi venkas, se ne, vi malvenkas. Tiamaniere vi luktas kun la libro dum 15 tagoj. Vi ne luktas kontraŭ aliaj luktistoj, sed kontraŭ vi mem.

3. Aliĝo:
Sendu jenajn informojn al HORI Jasuo:
1) Via nomo, sekso, lando, urbo, retadreso
2) Via luktista nomo
3) Titolo de la libro, kiun vi legos, kaj kiom da paĝoj vi legos
4. Raportu vian rezulton
Kiam komenciĝos la Sumoo, ĉiun duan aŭ trian tagon (ne nepre) raportu al la prizorgantoj pri via venko au^ malvenko. Ili notos ĝin kaj resendos al vi la raportaron kun rezultoj de aliaj luktistoj.

Mi atendas vian partoprenon. Ne nur vi sed ankau viaj libroj kuŝantaj en la breto havos tre feliĉajn tagojn en tiu sumoo.

HORI Jasuo (s-ro)

2-13-3 Ootone, Maebasi, Gunma 371-0825 Japanio for learning Esperanto Vocabulary

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From my experience, the biggest obstacle to reaching a communicative level in Esperanto (and perhaps other languages) is the acquisition of vocabulary. The essentials of the grammar, pronunciation, giving meaning to phrases, etc. can mostly be picked up naturally with a little explanation provided the students have comprehensible input by knowing the words (or more technically morphemes in Esperanto or word families in unplanned languages).

My students and I have found that is an excellent tool for this purpose and I recommend it to others. The site does a good job of engaging students in a way that they can be successful and includes both game and social elements that maintain student interest. We have set up the full vocabulary for our textbook: Esperanto by Direct Method into the system. The textbook itself can be purchased from Esperanto-USA.

We are experiencing that it takes about 10 to 20 hours of cumulative time over the first half of our trimester for students to score the 700 words in the textbook into what the site would consider "long term memory". then also has features for keeping the words alive by a spaced repetition schedule.

As I teach in a high-school environment, use of the site lets me get through the textbook in the first half of the trimester, leaving the second half of the term for developing reading (and responding to questions of the reading), doing skits, conversations, etc. While I give some class time for the learning of vocabulary with memrise.coom, it is a pretty effective homework activity from my experience.

While there are a number of ways in which the activities could be improved (and my class has been working on such online activities), is effective enough in its current state for me to recommend it to others studying or helping others learn the language.

To check it out for yourself, go to and search for the category Esperanto.

Teaching My Daughter Esperanto

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Over the Christmas break from school, my 11 year old daughter announced to me that she would like me to help her learn Esperanto. This caught me off guard as I had all but figured I was a lone Esperantist in the house. My wife learned it when we were first dating, but has since switched to German, since relatives of her's were recently discovered in the Old Country. My daughter gets some instruction in Spanish at school, but I've rarely heard her say a word either in Spanish or German.
She has watched some of the Esperanto Muzzy videos and has enjoyed them, but nothing has really caught.

So I soft pedaled for a few days, but started making a few preparations to teach her. Just before school went back into session, I asked her if she still thought she wanted to learn it and she said yes!

Online Courses and Resources for Learning Esperanto

The Internet and Esperanto are ideal partners. There are dozens of free online resources for learning Esperanto, most available for free.

One of the best websites for learning Esperanto is Lernu is a multi-lingual site with several free online courses at different levels, from complete beginner to more advanced. Some courses pair you up with an experienced Esperanto tutor, who can answer your questions and help you along. Read descriptions of available free courses.

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