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Free Language Festival in Hunters Hill (NSW)

The Language Festival Association is hosting a free language festival on Saturday, 15 July 2017, at Gladesville Road Community Centre, Hunters Hill.

Greg CooperThe purpose of this language festival is to promote awareness of language diversity, by providing “tasters” of multiple languages and cultures in a fun environment.

A highlight will be a fascinating presentation by Australian linguist, Dr Gregory Cooper, on ‘Accents and Pronunciation’. In the early 1980s Dr Cooper travelled to remote north-western Pakistan to study an as-yet unwritten language. Just by interacting directly with the native speakers, he was able to learn the language (Kalashamondr), create a system of writing for it and teach it to the Kalasha people, who are now recording and publishing their own stories and songs.

Also presented will be Esperanto, the world’s most successful international language. Apart from its role in neutral and equitable communication, Esperanto can also be useful as a “springboard language”: Because its simple rules have virtually no exceptions, and because its grammatical structure is always clear, starting with Esperanto can give one the confidence and solid grounding that are so important in language learning.

Also at the festival will be sessions on Kalashamondr, Tamil, Bangla, German, Ukrainian, Russian and more.

The festival will be held at Gladesville Road Community Centre, 44 Gladesville Rd, Hunters Hill, from 12 noon to 4 pm.

For more information, visit languagefestival.org/hunters_hill.

Image: Dr Gregory Cooper, linguist

Free Language Festival in Liverpool (NSW)

The Language Festival Association is hosting a free language festival on Saturday, 6 May 2017, at Liverpool Library.

Greg CooperThe purpose of this language festival is to promote awareness of language diversity, by providing “tasters” of multiple languages and cultures in a fun environment.

A highlight will be a fascinating presentation by Australian linguist, Dr Gregory Cooper, on ‘Accents and Pronunciation’. In the early 1980s Dr Cooper travelled to remote north-western Pakistan to study an as-yet unwritten language. Just by interacting directly with the native speakers, he was able to learn the language (Kalashamondr), create a system of writing for it and teach it to the Kalasha people, who are now recording and publishing their own stories and songs.

Also presented will be Esperanto, the world’s most successful international language. Apart from its role in neutral and equitable communication, Esperanto can also be useful as a “springboard language”: Because its simple rules have virtually no exceptions, and because its grammatical structure is always clear, starting with Esperanto can give one the confidence and solid grounding that are so important in language learning.

Some other sessions at the festival include talks on similarities and differences between Indonesian and Malay, and between Mandarin and Cantonese, a Vietnamese lantern-making workshop for children, and a multicultural lunch (please bring some food to share).

The festival will be held at Liverpool Library, 170 George Street, Liverpool, from 11 am to 4 pm.

For more information, visit languagefestival.org/liverpool.

Image: Dr Gregory Cooper, linguist

2017 congress: photos & comments

Australia-New Zealand Congress/Summer school – Brisbane (06 – 15 January 2017)

The 2017 Congress and Summer school was held at International House, 1/5 Rock St, St Lucia QLD 4067.

Our special guest was JoMo, a singer from Occitania, France, well known in the Esperanto community for his energetic and toe-tapping songs.

The program included:

• Esperanto classes in two levels
• Famous Australian author Trevor Steele, on the history & culture of Esperanto
• Evening of theatre and music
• Banquet
• Excursions
• Lectures about Esperanto and other topics
• Annual General Meeting

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Esther Parris (Photo: Peter Johns)

Group photo (Photo: Peter Johns)

JoMo performing at Queen Street Mall

Heather Heldzingen blows bubbles

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Comments (translated from Esperanto):

General comments

  • I have to thank you for a very good conference. I can’t find anything to complain about.
  • The Brisbane congress was very good and pleasant, and I have made some new friends.
  • The conference was well organised, it had a relaxed atmosphere, and I was happy to sit and listen and soak up the language.
  • Many thanks for the summer school! It was my first congress, and I enjoyed it very much.
  • Thank you for the “familial” atmosphere and for the indulgence of the participants. They were very attentive to me – I spoke with almost everyone. I have participated in other national conferences, I have never found this atmosphere – keep it up.
  • Thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and effort to entertain us, thank you!
  • I very much enjoyed participating in this congress; truly everything (food, accommodation, lectures…) pleased me.
  • The organisational abilities of the current re-elected board are outstanding, showing the value of friendly cooperative relations, especially, I think, through Skype.
  • I like to have foreigners at our congress.
  • Overall the atmosphere was excellent, and I, as an old person, enjoyed the presence of young people.
  • The AEA congress/summer school in Brisbane was indeed an excellent program.
  • Good organisation. There was no lack of chaos (but this was rare), but it was a lot of work for only a few people.
  • It was my first congress and I enjoyed it a lot!
  • It was good to meet new friends.
  • The weather was hot and humid but the ambience was very pleasant.

Location/accommodation

  • I am satisfied.
  • Very beautiful, suitable location… despite the weather.
  • Accommodation is good. I am glad the location was in nature (many trees, some birds and animals, and even mosquitoes).
  • Accommodation was very good.
  • Perfect, I like to be alone in the room with a partner close by.
  • Good location – I like International House.

Food

  • I got a little fat in this congress. The food is very, very good!
  • Good food. (This is important.)
  • Totally good.
  • I was able to eat very good food; they paid attention to my allergy.
  • I did not complain about the provision of food. Why? Because I liked it all.
  • Food was good and cheap.
  • Very tasty and there was enough of it.
  • The food was delicious.
  • I liked the food because it was varied and one could always eat vegetarian and even vegan, if desired.
  • For the price – good.
  • Food was better and not as boring as I expected.

Teaching

  • I would prefer to have a class between beginners and intermediate.
  • Hazel, the woman who taught us, is an excellent teacher – clear instructions and a good sense of humour.
  • I am very grateful for the opportunity to study with a great teacher, Franciska.
  • I had a good time learning in Hazel Green’s class. She is very kind and friendly, and we learned about many things. I am very pleased with what I’ve learned during a week and am very excited to continue to learn Esperanto.
  • During courses and lectures it would be useful for me to see and hear a few words (to help my understanding).
  • I very much liked to see the animated teaching method of Franciska through the window.

Historical presentations of Trevor Steele

  • A very good idea that we prepared lectures about the history of Esperanto, ourselves. I understand the beginning of the Movement better.
  • I participated in Trevor Steele’s course and it was very interesting, not only for foreigners but also for Australians.
  • It was good to hear personal experience about Esperanto history.
  • We all learned and enjoyed Trevor’s daily lectures.
  • Trevor talks about history beautifully, easily understood.
  • Trevor’s course is particularly suitable for contributing participants. Trevor himself, because of his extensive knowledge, could share with us in detail some very important events in the world.
  • Trevor’s course and his students were both enjoyable and informative.
  • Trevor’s wisdom was excellent for me.

Excursions

  • Good choices for excursions, even for Queenslanders, because I don’t often have an opportunity to visit the botanic garden.
  • Very enjoyable outing with beautiful and interesting sights.
  • I think Lone Pine was very good for the foreigners but not for Australians. I highly enjoyed the botanical garden.
  • One day more would have been better, because I want to discover Australia, but I saw kangaroos, koalas, etc.

Concerts with JoMo

  • Dances with JoMo entertained me.
  • JoMo was excellent. The location was excellent (on the Mall).
  • It was a brilliant idea to bring JoMo.
  • The singing/concert made me happy.
  • Of course I very much enjoyed JoMo when he presented his concert.
  • I very much enjoyed the music of JoMo – full of life!
  • JoMo was spectacular! Excellent singer, who really energetically encouraged us.
  • The wonderful, friendly participation of JoMo, which hopefully will help to attract new students of Esperanto, was very valuable.
  • A high point of the congress was of course the concerts of JoMo.
  • JoMo made good entertainment and did energetic work – congratulations to him for his contribution.

Lectures and other items

  • Lectures were awesome; I learned quite a bit and particularly liked the lecture “Isms in art”.
  • I enjoyed the games evening of course.
  • I found the presentations informative and interesting because of the topics and the performances.
  • It was good to have very different lectures.
  • The lectures consisted of a mix of subjects, but also of course with a mixture of speaking abilities.
  • I really enjoyed the lectures, especially those of Jonathan, Andrew, Terry and Erlangga.
  • Thanks to everyone who volunteered their time and effort to entertain us.
  • The diversity of the lectures really satisfied me.

Final comments and advice

  • Thanks to the board, which did serious work. The idea to invite JoMo was very good.
  • Thank you for the music and the songs, and for the organisation.
  • Have a congress in another part of Australia to visit!
  • I thank the board members for ten good days.
  • It would be helpful if we used a whiteboard for messages to all.
  • I heard about Esperanto a long time ago, but it was this congress which showed the way to Esperanto learning. I’m sure I’ll continue my passion for Esperanto. Thank you.
  • Maybe you could have some kind of email group like Yahoo Groups for answers to questions from participants.
  • Name badges should be in larger letters.
  • If you have a choir, they have to learn new popular songs, or not sing in public.
  • Come to the summer school in the future – be surprised!
  • I think the best suggestion that I can make is that for I and many others to attend the 2018 congress.
  • Keep using AEA funds to invite overseas experts to present, to enrich our country.
  • I will promote your congress.
  • I look forward to the upcoming congresses.
  • For 2018, I suggest bringing 20 dancers from the Paris Lido, with feathers. It would be a nice effect on the Mall.

Free Language Festival in Erina (NSW Central Coast)

The Language Festival Association is hosting a free language festival on Saturday, 3 December, at Erina Fair.

Greg CooperThe purpose of this language festival is to promote awareness of language diversity, by providing “tasters” of multiple languages and cultures in a fun environment.

A highlight will be a fascinating presentation by Australian linguist, Dr Gregory Cooper. In the early 1980s Dr Cooper travelled to remote north-western Pakistan to study an as-yet unwritten language. Just by interacting directly with the native speakers, he was able to learn the language (Kalashamondr), create a system of writing for it and teach it to the Kalasha people, who are now recording and publishing their own stories and songs.

Also presented will be Esperanto, the world’s most successful international language. Apart from its role in neutral and equitable communication, Esperanto can also be useful as a “springboard language”: Because its simple rules have virtually no exceptions, and because its grammatical structure is always clear, starting with Esperanto can give one the confidence and solid grounding that are so important in language learning.

Some other languages to be presented at the festival include: Korean, Japanese, Farsi, German, French, Dutch, Lithuanian and Hindi.

The festival will be held at the Erina Centre, Erina Fair, from 12 noon to 5.30 pm.

For more information, visit languagefestival.org/cc.

Image: Dr Gregory Cooper, linguist

2016 tri-nation congress report

Tri-nation Esperanto congress and summerschool, Bandung, Indonesia : 23 – 28 Mar 2016

Jonny M sings during the congress

Jonny M kantas dum la kongreso

“Selamat Datang untuk congress Darby trunk negara pertama.
Welcome to the tri-nation Esperanto congress.”

With these words, the three national associations welcomed 101 participants, among them 40 foreigners.

When we (Australians, Indonesians and New Zealanders) decided to organise this tri-nation congress in January 2015 we hesitated and – of course – feared a flop. But ultimately we were able to harvest and enjoy the fruits of our efforts.

AEA and NZEA supported the congress financially and practically. At the same time IEA helped us attract some Esperanto speakers from Australia, who until now have not participated in national arrangements.

Coming from a country where the majority of Esperanto speakers are elderly, the large number of young, lively students here have given us more hope. Having three country associations organise the congress and foreigners attending from other countries, created a much more international atmosphere than just a national congress.

The program was very varied. There was a class for beginners and advanced learners, presentations about: volcanoes in Auckland, the landscape, flora and fauna in Australia. There were also various interesting lectures from the young Indonesians, the topics included orang-utans, coffee from Javapreanger, the history of gamelan and the publication of books in Indonesia. The young and energetic rap artist Jonny M became very popular among the young local and foreign people.

A great help was the fact that the local Bandung Esperanto group had strong links with the local Asian-African Conference Museum in the city. The opening ceremony took place there, and we also enjoyed the “Night at the Museum” on a rainy Saturday night.

South-East Asia does not abound with esperantists and this tri-nation congress could serve as a model for future events in this and other regions.

We were also very fortunate to have had two UEA committee members with us. Stefan MacGill led the 21st AMO seminar and Ŝlosilo (Lee Jungkee) constantly reminded us of the situation in Asia and especially in Southeast Asia and the importance of this congress.

We decided to hold the second tri-nation Esperanto congress in 2018. We hope to see you (again) in Bandung between the 28th March and 2nd April 2018.

Annual General Meeting (by Skype): 12 Dec 2015

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of AEA will be held on 12 December 2015 at 4:30 pm (Eastern summertime) by Skype. If you wish to take part in the meeting, please send your Skype name to the president, Sandor Horvath at sandorhorvath07 [at] gmail.com, by 11 December.

We have arranged it this way because our AGMs normally occur during congresses, but the next one will be in March 2016, in Indonesia.

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