How to learn Esperanto
Attend Esperanto classes
Courses in Esperanto, lasting from a weekend to several weeks, are held in many parts of the world throughout the entire year. You can combine learning Esperanto with making new international friends and visiting fascinating new places and cultures.
In Australia, the AEA holds fun lessons at the same time as the AEA congress. Classes are available for all levels, including complete beginners. It is also very likely that close to your home or work there is an Esperanto course being run regularly by a local Esperanto group.
Enrol in an AEA correspondence course
The AEA offers its own inexpensive correspondence courses by regular mail. These include textbooks and a private tutor, with whom you can correspond to answer any questions and who will correct your assignments.
Lessons are in both English and Esperanto. Students of all levels – and countries – are welcome.
Study on the Internet
Duolingo is a free science-based language education platform (selected by Apple as iPhone App of the Year 2013, by Google as Best of the Best for Android in 2013 and 2014).
Lernu! has web-based courses to suit every level of expertise. It has an online chat area, so you can practise your Esperanto with other students.
You can also download the free program, Kurso de Esperanto. (Runs on Windows, Linux and Mac.)
Or, for a email-based correspondence course, there is the Free Esperanto Course. It is run by dedicated volunteers from around the world and is available in several languages.
For even more Esperanto learning resources, visit the excellent website of the Melbourne Esperanto Association.
Use a good book
- Esperanto — Learning and Using the International Language, by David Richardson, published by Esperanto USA
- Teach Yourself Esperanto, by John Cresswell & John Hartley (out of print, but you may find a copy in a local library)
- Being Colloquial in Esperanto: A Reference Guide, by David K. Jordan
And many, many others, available through good bookshops
At the ruins of Saltwater River, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, 2009