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Esperanto@UIUC, our local group in Champaign, IL and a registered student organization at the University of Illinois, is busy busy busy. I think we have somewhere around 9 new members who will be coming to the beginner meetings, as well as a very active and dedicated group of about 10 advanced speakers of the language. We now have weekly beginner lessons (consist mainly of reading and translating "Gerda Malaperis") and weekly advanced discussion tables. So far, we've chatted at the discussion tables, watched Russian cartoons with Esperanto subtitles, and played games. I love it--it's a tradition to stay. We'll see how it grows.
Let me tell you loud and clear: we want to bring everyone we can to the LK this year. There is the interest, there is the dedication, but the money is difficult to procure. This week we're having our first bake sale. There will be cookies, hot cocoa, and perhaps necklaces and bracelets with Valentine's day-themed Esperanto phrases on them. I'm willing to have as many bake sales as it takes to get these great young minds to the LK, but I fear bake sales alone are not enough.
It's been a very long time since I've posted and I do apologize for that. I now have very much to talk about and you'll be seeing at least three posts after this one. Just to get the updates out and clue you in on how I'm thinking, here are the main points.
Just read this Literatura Foiro article. The Civito appears to be UEA's arch nemesis. One of the comments is a blog post of someone who didn't attend the Mexican Congress because Civitanoj would be running the exams and featured (or something). He describes one of the main people involved as "in a Raŭmism idyll." Raŭmism I've heard of, but doesn't seem quite that offensive. I don't understand the connection between Raŭmism and La Civito, nor the individual controversies. What is going on here?
Follow new USEJ developments at our Google Groups mailing list!
USEJ now has its own Facebook Page, a Group at the E-o social network Esperantujo, and soon will have a twitter account ("usej" was taken -- any suggestions?). I highly recommend staying in contact with them, particularly the Facebook Page. The Esperantujo site is still in its infancy but has a lot of potential, and a chat feature!
The beginning of this article is my ramblings on the fantastic LK, but at the end I mention a bit about the resurrection of USEJ and the prospects of having a midwest kongreso.
The LK was home to several discussions about the E-USA Youth movement (or, lack thereof). We're thinking conventions, meetups, a home on the E-USA website, etc. Anyone (youth or youth-at-heart!) up for a Skype brainstorm session tomorrow around 7 PM Central time? (By tomorrow I mean Saturday, probably "today" by the time I end up publishing this.) Let me know if so! If not, feel free to leave ideas in comments here!
So: Saturday, Skype, 7PM CST. Ĉeestu.
PS: My group had rave reviews of the LK as a whole and I am working on a blog post for that as well.
Saluton al ĉiuj!
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Today Esperanto@UIUC's Esperanto-Week came to a fulfilled end. We met for an hour Monday-Friday over snacks and jollity and worked through a chapter of "Teach Yourself Esperanto" per day. We had two new members who came every day (they should get a trophy--what brave souls) and are now speaking beautifully and clearly learning beyond what the class has taught.
Saluton al ĉiuj!
An update from me and Esperanto@UIUC. First off, a request: a teacher in Arizona has a small class of 8th graders but is looking to start a kindergarten Esperanto class as well. Any suggestions for a course (preferably in book form) that they could use? He has "Teach Yourself Esperanto," but he's looking for something more appropriate for 5-year-olds.
The Esperanto club at University of Illinois has been going rather swimmingly. Total, there's about 12 people who actually come to meetings, though there's been some definite interest so I imagine more will be coming soon. That's more than I expected in such a short time with so little publicity.