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ESPERANTO ∙ LEARNING AND USING THE INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE

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David RICHARDSON - This introductory textbook begins with a short English-language introduction, covering the need for an international language. A series of lessons with exercises follows, concentrating on practical communication and vocabulary. The third section of the book is a graded reader, which includes history, letters, stories, and poetry that gradually introduce more advanced usage and additional vocabulary. The book concludes with an abridged Esperanto-to-English dictionary and an index. This fourth edition contains minimal changes from earlier editions. The introduction was shortened and edited by Lee Miller, Tim Westover updated the layout as necessary, Murray H. Merner updated the table of contents, and a new index was prepared by by Murray Merner, Paige Miles, Christopher Johnson, Chuck Mays, and Lee Miller. Ben Speakmon prepared an electronic version of the book. Illustrated. Fourth edition 2016. 330 pages. 220x140. Paper. USA. ISBN 9781543006544.

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Date Added: 05/27/2009
Excellent primer By Jon Zuck "frimmin" (Norfolk, VA United States) REPOST FROM Amazon It's really four-and-a-half stars. Since Teach Yourself Esperanto went out of print, this is almost certainly the best print-based Esp-o course for Anglophones. My only gripes: First, it needs an English-Esperanto glossary to complement its excellent Esperanto-English glossary. Second, despite the third edition being published in 2004, this is book is essentially twenty-five years old. Its history of Esperanto has no information of anything happening since 1981 (despite the renaissance that the Internet has given the Esperanto movement), and the glossary has no computer/Web/electronic terms. The only difference I could discern between it and the second edition was a one-paragraph biographical note about the author.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars [4 of 5 Stars]

Date Added: 05/27/2009
Review of Esperanto text By Erik J. Felker (California USA) REPOST FROM Amazon This book gives a very good overview of Esperanto and the Esperanto movement that supports the language. While the photographs are old enough to verge on being funny, the information is solid and the language teaching techniques are useful. I am using the book to teach someone Esperanto, and we are having a good experience with it.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars [5 of 5 Stars]

Date Added: 05/27/2009
Best single book on Esperanto By Arlyn Kerr REPOST FROM Amazon This review is from: Esperanto: Learning and Using the International Language (Paperback) If you've already started studying Esperanto, you probably have a textbook like "Teach Yourself Esperanto" and a dictionary like "Teach Yourself Esperanto Dictionary" by J. C. Wells. But, if you're new to Esperanto, and just wanting to learn more about it and perhaps get started on grammar and vocabulary, then you can't beat Esperanto: Learning and Using the International Language.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars [5 of 5 Stars]

Date Added: 05/27/2009
The Best First Book to the Language & the Movement! By Richard Kinne (Groton, NY USA) REPOST FROM Amazon This review is from: Esperanto Learning and Using the International Language (Hardcover) I'd normally not want to simply add another "Oh this is a great book" to the list of reviews that is already here, but honestly Richardson deserves the praise. While the book largely tries to be three things at once it is successful to a good degree. The first part of the book is a good overview of the "language problem" and Esperanto's solution to is. It's also a good (but increasingly dated) overview of Esperanto culture and resources. The second part of the book is a reasonable 10-lesson section on Esperanto itself. it does a good job at this for its size by immediately integrating the reading of dialog at the end of every lesson. Finally, the most unique part of the book is its last part: a small Esperanto reading anthology that allows you to immediately try your new found skill. If you're interested in Esperanto in any capacity (save hard linguistics, perhaps) this book is your first stop. Get it.

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars [5 of 5 Stars]

Date Added: 05/27/2009
Excellent Implementation of a Flawed Concept By Donald J. Harlow (Pinole, CA USA) REPOSTED FROM Amazon.com This book is in many ways the lineal descendant of the once popular "Esperanto: The World Interlanguage", to which a younger David Richardson himself made some minor contributions. I've never been particularly happy with the system used in both books, breaking the work down into expository section, lessons, reader and appendices. Each of these deserves a book of its own. The problem is always what weight to give each section vis a vis the others; and every reader will have his or her preferred balance. Having said this, I have to add that Richardson did an excellent job of implementing the system in this book, better than the one in its predecessor. For one thing, he omitted the purely topical (and so ephemeral) material, such as the earlier work's long list of currently popular books and magazines in Esperanto, and UEA delegate categories. The four chapters of explanation ("Communications and the Language Barrier") are well-written, and still of great interest, though they were written in the 1980s and so do not address the changes in the world over the past two decades; I don't find any mention of the internet, for instance. Perhaps for a fourth edition Richardson or some designated person will add a fifth chapter to bring the reader up to date. The hundred-page ten-lesson Esperanto course will teach you everything you need to know about Esperanto to actually start using the language (actually, you can start using it after the first one or two lessons). The ten-lesson system unfortunately requires that even in a language with an excellent word-building system such as Esperanto there will be relatively long lists of basic vocabulary to memorize, but Richardson offsets this to some degree with well-thought-out drills and exercises. For me, the real meat of the book is in the 130-page reading section. This isn't just a collection of reading material, but devotes almost as much space to annotations and explanations, which to some extent makes it an extension and polishing of the ten-lesson course. The whole thing is rounded off by a bibliography, which also suffers (slightly) by being somewhat dated, and a fairly complete Esperanto-English vocabulary. Since there is no English-Esperanto vocabulary, the purchaser might also want to get a copy of an appropriate dictionary. For the neophyte, I'd recommend the inexpensive two-way EAB MiniDictionary; the more ambitious student may want a copy of the Comprehensive English-Esperanto Dictionary. All in all, a good book to acquire if you intend to learn Esperanto and pursue the language to whatever degree.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars [4 of 5 Stars]

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