I started my Esperanto “vacation” from Spanish this week. I decided to start from the beginning as if I didn’t know anything, because it’s been so long since I used it that I don’t remember much anyway. So first thing I did was go to Lernu.net and I downloaded the MP3 files for the Mi estas komencanto course. I had used the course before and since the course means “I am a beginner” I figured it would be the best one to use in my hour-long drives to and from work.
The thing is that now that I am a better language learner, I am way under satisfied with it. It’s still a good course and I do recommend it, because it’s the only course that encourages one to speak, which is lacking in most of the courses of Esperanto you find on the internet. Even though it does encourage speaking, it is not as often as I would like it to be. I want/need one that encourages, not just how to speak the sentences that are in the course, but how to mix and match and combines the words and phrases in an improvisational way. Essential that encourages natural speech construction. Where do I find one? Well…
If there isn’t one, then make one
One might ask, how I can make a course if I am not fluent? I may not be fluent in everything, but I am fluent enough to speak the sentences required for the two lessons I have already created. Once I make another lesson, then I will be fluent enough for that one. Look at it this way, have you ever been in a class and had your neighboring student explain what was being taught better than the teacher? Even though the teacher still knows more than the student, the student knows enough to teach that small part to someone else!
So I am making the course as I go, but I don’t have time to make it nice and pretty. So I will be uploading the audio files, but I wont have time to edit the audio. I still think It will be helpful for all who want to learn. If someone wants to be generous and edit the audio, then please edit it, add the longer pauses that need to be in there. Either way, I am already benefiting from them, so I hope you can too! So go check out my Esperanto course and let me know what you think.