Once you have learned some of the basics of the language you can improve your fluency by increasing your vocabulary and by practicing listening, reading, writing and speaking. Here are a few suggested resources to help you.
The most useful dictionaries for the intermediate learner are:
- English Esperanto English Dictionary by John C. Wells 2010, which is in print and available online, where you can search for a particular word.
- the online English-Esperanto Wikionary
- Esperanto-English Dictionary by Montagu C. Butler 1967, which is out of print but is available as a free eBook
A good Esperanto grammar reference is Plena Manlibro de Esperanta Gramatiko (PMEG)
A DVD course called Passporto Al La Tuta Mondo is available. Set as an entertaining drama entirely in Esperanto it starts out with more simple Esperanto and progresses over the 15 lessons. Each lesson also has an introduction explaining some of the grammatical points and there are written exercises to accompany the course.
A number of Esperanto radio stations and podcasts are available online:
Radio Verda - puts out an Esperanto audio programme monthly with short stories of interest. You can listen over the Internet or download as a podcast under iTunes for listening on an iPod.
You can find a list of other Esperanto Podcasts here.
There is a variety of Esperanto music including pop, rock, alternative, hip hop, techno, choral and traditional folk which you can buy from Vinilkosmo online. They also have some free music downloads.
A collection of Esperanto music with video can be found at Esperanto Musiko TV
In the past it could be hard to practice speaking with others if there was no one else in your area who spoke Esperanto. Now with the Internet Esperanto speakers are only a few clicks away and you can be making friends all over the world with people you would never have been able to chat to before.
Skype and Google Hangouts are two ways to talk to others who speak Esperanto - here is a Yahoo group listing Skype Esperanto users.
If you live in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Masterton or Tauranga there are local Esperanto groups that meet regularly - find out more here.Come to NZEA's annual congress and practice your Esperanto with others from New Zealand and from overseas.
Lernu.net has a number of reading-based courses for the intermediate learner. Gerda Malaperis is a good place to start after doing the beginner courses.
It can be quite a leap going from the beginner courses to reading full websites in Esperanto. A good place to start though is Facila Vento. This is an Esperanto website set up especially for learners and uses only the most common 700 root words in Esperanto. There are plenty of easy-to-read short stories and news articles.
Once you're ready there are a wealth of Esperanto books on a wide variety of topics - why not read a translation of a good book you already know or try an original Esperanto work?
You can browse and buy books at these Esperanto online stores:
Esperanto-USA Retbutiko - in English
FEL Retbutiko - in English, Esperanto and other languages
Universala Esperanto Asocio (UAE) Catalog - in Esperanto
Some of the big online retailers also stock Esperanto books:
There are a few Esperanto books at the Book Depository (based in the UK). Although they don't have a huge Esperanto range they do have free shipping even to New Zealand which means they are often the best value.
You can search for Esperanto books at Amazon.
Find yourself an online pen-friend and start really using Esperanto across borders - it's great to be able to communicate with someone with whom you have no other language in common. You can find other learners on lernu.net or at koresponda-servo.
Or why not start your own Esperanto blog? If you're an NZEA member tell us about it and we'll put up a link to your blog.
Scrabble - Play the well known word game in Esperanto. You can play against the computer or against others.
Crosswords - here you can download some Esperanto crosswords to print out and solve.
Second Life (Dua Vivo) - A virtual reality world which you play online (for free). There is an active group of Esperantists in Esperanto-Lando on Second life and you can meet and chat online. There are even online Esperanto lessons and virtual lectures and meetings.
Here's a video about it if you want to find out more (in Esperanto):
Some software is available in an Esperanto version Here are a couple of popular ones:
You can use Google in Esperanto.
Firefox browser is available in an Esperanto version