Monthly lecture series via Zoom

Zsófia KÓRÓDY and Ilia Dewi (15 Aug)

The 3rd Sunday of each month
4–6pm Sydney time (UTC+10)


15 August 2021

4pm: 15 years of Esperanto town Herzberg: ideas realised – Zsófia KÓRÓDY (Germany)
Zsófia will take us on a virtual tour of Herzberg am Harz, Germany, on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the town with an Esperanto history. She will briefly present how Esperanto town Herzberg came to be, and look again at important evolutionary steps that contributed to the “greening” of the town, and to the appearance of sustainable, publicly visible results. She will report on the constant stabilising action of the Esperanto Centre Herzberg, speak about its plans and discuss new, realisable ideas, sponsorship and opportunities for international collaboration.

5pm: Esperanto podcasts in Indonesian – Ilia Sumfila DEWI (Indonesia)
Ilia is an active participant in the Esperanto movement, who tries to use various methods to promote Esperanto to Indonesians. Because of the pandemic, she has found that there are many free courses that can be taken virtually. So, she learnt about podcasts and how to create them easily. Because most podcast listeners in Indonesia are young people, she thinks it’s good to use them to promote Esperanto. In her presentation, she wants to show how you can also create your own Esperanto podcast.

(All lectures in Esperanto)

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Previous sessions

(All lectures in Esperanto)

18 July 2021

AMO: From 2014 to Oceania – Stefan MacGill (Hungary)
The AMO program of UEA was born in March 2014 with the first seminar in Hungary. By the end of 2014, seminars occurred on four continents – only the fifth continent was missing. Finally, at the beginning of 2020, the program reached Oceania with the 62nd seminar in Auckland, New Zealand.
Magic spectacular – Fukuda TOSHIRO (Japan)
Fukuda is a magician without borders. He has presented his amazing show to children (and adults) around the world. He has visited orphanages, refugee camps and schools in many countries, including Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and Tibet. During this presentation, he will also clarify a few ideas about magic.

20 June 2021

Language research in the Old Kingdom of the Congo – Heidi Goes (Belgium)
Heidi Goes has been researching the Kikongo languages cluster since November 2014, as part of her doctoral research, which is now nearing completion. After an introduction to the languages, she talks about the research on the ground in Congo and especially Angola. This is followed by a presentation of some of the research results: on the languages spoken in the province of Cabindo (Angola), on vowel harmony in verbs, and on the various possibilities of forming diminutives used in the language.
The translation of poetry – is it really lost? – Nicolau Dols Salas (Mallorca/Spain)
Nicolau Dols Salas is professor of Catalan philology at the University of the Balearic Islands (Universitat de les Illes Balears). He is also a member of the Philological Section of the Institut d’Estudis Catalans, the official language academy of Catalan. He graduated and earned a doctorate first in phonology, and then earned a master’s degree in East Asian Studies. His research interests are phonology, grammar and sociolinguistics. Since 2014 he has been teaching in the Interlinguistic Studies program at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland.

16 May 2021

The development of the Esperanto movement in Asia and Oceania after 2000 – So Jinsu (Korea)
So Jinsu presents the third and final part of the history of Esperanto in Asia.
An Esperanto picture of the world – Ilona Koutny (Hungary/Poland)
This lecture raises the question of the relationship between language and thought, how culture is reflected in the language, whether Esperantists have a similar linguistic picture of the world and, based on research, tries to give some interesting answers.

18 April 2021

The strategy of the Esperanto movement in Asia, 1989–1995 – So GILSU (Korea)
Part 2 of the exploration of the history of Esperanto in Asia.
Esperanto teaching: some of my experience in Asian countries – Tatjana LOSKUTOVA (Russia)
“Since my visit to China (the 89th World Congress, in 2004) and my voyage to Japan (the 92nd World Congress, in 2007) I have longed for Asia. However, not only its exoticism attracted me, but also a wish to help local Esperantists integrate and spread the International Language into social and cultural life. As a result: Esperanto teaching in seven Asian countries.”
Note: For unavoidable reasons, the sound quality is not good. We apologise.

21 March 2021

The Asian Esperanto movement in the beginning: 1965–1990 – So GILSU (Korea)
First part of three lectures on the Esperanto movement in Asia/Oceania.
To recreate paradise – Paulo S VIANA (Brazil)
World-renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado and his wife Wanick Salgado have been involved in a major project to reforest the Atlantic Forest in Brazil for several years – a major ecological system of which 90 percent has already destroyed by humans. Their activity inspires other people to do the same and is internationally recognised.

21 February 2021

Amnesty International – Trevor Steele (Australia)
Trevor explains the origin, history, aims and principles of this world-famous association, and mentions some of its achievements.
Who am I? DNA for genealogy – Joanne Johns (Australia)
Hear a stranger-than-fiction story of a nine-year search for one amorous crew member. Is it possible to find a family member without even a name?
NOTE: For reasons of privacy, this lecture is not viewable on YouTube.

20 December 2020

ACM: Afrika Centro Mondcivitana (African World-Citizen Centre) – François HOUNSOUNOU (Benin). ACM Benin is a non-government non-profit organisation. It has a double role: education and Esperanto. François clarifies its role. [Note: Unfortunately, the sound quality of the original lecture was too low, due to a bad internet connection, so this is a new recording.]
The Communication Mask Initiative – Rainer Kurz (Germany). Rainer founded the initiative The non-profit team is developing see-through masks against COVID-19 so that we can soon start normal life again without endangering others.

15 November 2020

Eldonejo Lorenz: 45 years promoting spiritism and Esperanto – Alvaro Motta (Brazil)
The Filipino language: an identity crisis? A curious product of colonial memory – Albert Stalin Garrido (Philippines)
The Filipino language, officially the national language of the Philippines, has a curious element: it is a confusing mix of several languages, local and foreign. How does that affect its speakers? Can you understand a few sentences? Take a look at the curious language policy in the Philippines, itself a trace of centuries of colonial roots.

18 October 2020

MAS (Monda Asembleo Socia = World Social Assembly) – Through pictures, Eddy Raats (Belgium) explains the constitution of MAS, then talks about MAS publications and showed the covers of some new publications. Finally, he presents some of his works and talks about his current project.
KER exams – Szabolcs SZILVA (Hungary/Poland) explains the meaning of KER exams and leads a number of interactive tasks with the participants. He also presents his new book, Pri Kio Temas. (Note: Szabolcs SZILVA does not officially represent the KER team.)

20 September 2020

My life as an Esperantist – Famous Esperantist Carl Minnaja explores his very diverse life as an Esperantist and also alludes to a few non-Esperantist parts.
Asocio de Verduloj Esperantistaj (AVE)Manfred Westermayer from Germany presents the history, evolution, aims, achievements and current situation of AVE, the Association of Green Esperantists.
Information about AVE (in Esperanto)

16 August 2020

Historic pandemics and their aftermathTrevor Steele (Australia)
Kenwood House: an historic mansion in north LondonAnna Löwenstein (UK). Anna is a volunteer (in happier times) at Kenwood House in north London. This beautiful mansion is now full of outstanding artwork from the 17th to 19th centuries. Anna shows some of the most important paintings, and tells us some unexpected facts about the people who lived there 250 years ago.

19 July 2020

Monato – 40 years: the history of the world-famous Esperanto magazine – Paŭl Peeraerts (Belgium), chief editor of Monato
The main sociological reasons for and effects of COVID-19, and how Hungary has succeeded in dealing with the epidemic – Dr Márkus Gábor (Hungary), economist and author

Future dates

19 September 2021
17 October 2021
21 November 2021
19 December 2021

Daniel Kane 1948-2021

(Updated 29 April 2021)

Daniel Kane smiles

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend, Dr Daniel (Danny) Kane, who died on 16 April 2021 in Melbourne. Danny has been an Esperantist since 1965. He held an impressive position with the Australian Diplomatic Service (at the Australian Embassy in Beijing) and later became Professor of Chinese at Macquarie University (Sydney). In 2006 he taught a course on the teaching of Esperanto at the Institute of Languages, University of New South Wales.

Danny was widely known as a kind-hearted, good-natured, intelligent and kind man. He leaves two sons and one daughter.

A memorial service was held Monday, 26 April 2021, at 2pm, at Wallumatta Function Centre, Macquarie Park Cemetery and Crematorium, corner of Delhi and Plassey Roads, North Ryde NSW. Macquarie Park Cemetery will also be Danny’s final resting place, so one had the opportunity to pay respects to him and his wife, Xiaoqing, at their burial plot on the day.

Watch an interview with Daniel, from a video by Nicole Else, during the Australian Esperanto Congress in Canberra, January 2014:

(Thank you to Heather Heldzingen and Nicole Else for their help with this announcement. – Jonathan Cooper)

Australian and New Zealand virtual congress and summer school 2021

12 Esperanto speakers

Owing to the continuing restrictions on travel and meetings associated with COVID-19, the 2021 congress was a completely online event.

Dates and times

Saturday 9 January – Wednesday 13 January 2021 (AEDT)


Videos of the lectures and other sessions can be watched on YouTube. See the video-list > (in Esperanto)


Included: Esperanto classes in 3 levels: (Beginners, inc. children 8 years and older, Intermediate and Advanced); Lectures about Esperanto and other topics.
View detailed program (In Esperanto)


Members of AEA or NZEA: Free, however we encouraged people to make a donation.
Non-members: Also free, or pay what you could.

Teachers and speakers

Eminent Esperantists from around Australia and New Zealand, and around the world, including Trevor Steele, Duncan Charters (president of UEA), Vinko Markovo (president of SAT), Mireille Grosjean (president of ILEI) and Humphrey Tonkin.

How it worked

We used Zoom and Jitsi (as used in UEA’s recent Virtual Congress).
NOTE: Zoom needs to be installed (free), however Jitsi will run on any modern browser on a computer, but if you planned to use it on a tablet (eg, an iPad) you needed to have the Jitsi app (also free) installed.

One interesting idea was for local groups to organise physical meetings where they could participate collectively, at least for part of the congress.

In the photo-set (from top-left): Humphrey Tonkin, Mireille Gosjean, Trevor Steele, Duncan Charters, Marc Schmidt, Mara Molnja, Carlos Spinola, Emma Breuninger, Sandor Horvath, Franciska Toubale, Vinko Markovo, Helen Palmer

Lectures on YouTube (September 2020)

2 YouTube lectures

Two more lectures via Zoom, organised by the Australian Esperanto Association, are now viewable:
Sunday, 20 September 2020

YouTube channel of the Australian Esperanto Association (“Esperanto Australia”):

Lectures on YouTube (August 2020)

2 YouTube lectures

Two more lectures via Zoom, organised by the Australian Esperanto Association, are now viewable:
Sunday, 16 August 2020

YouTube channel of the Australian Esperanto Association (“Esperanto Australia”):

Two lectures now on YouTube (July 2020)

2 YouTube lectures

Two lectures via Zoom, Sunday, 19 July 2020, organised by the Australian Esperanto Association:

  • Monato – 40 jaroj”: The hisory of the world-famous Esperanto magazine – Paul Peeraerts (Belgium)
  • La ĉefaj sociosciencaj kialoj kaj efikoj de KOVIM-19, kaj kiel Hungario sukcesis trakti la epidemion” (The main sociological reasons for and effects of COVID-19, and how Hungary has succeeded in dealing with the epidemic) – Dr Márkus Gábor (Hungary)

YouTube channel of the Australian Esperanto Association (“Esperanto Australia”):

Virtual One-day Congress

Sunday, 7 June 2020
Using Zoom

UPDATE 11 June 2020: Watch videos
5 Esperantists

Duncan Charters, Katalin Kováts, jOmO, Renato Corsetti, Keyhan Sayadpour

We had the following overseas presenters:
• Duncan Charters, USA
• Katalin Kováts, Netherlands
• jOmO, France
• Renato Corsetti, UK
• Keyhan Sayadpour, Iran

We also organised a few language sessions for beginners.

Participation was FREE. You could join for the whole day or chose some selected sessions only.


[Eastern Australian time zone (UTC+10:00)]

All lectures, and videos, are in Esperanto.

Opening “ceremony”: Welcome, clarification about the program

Esperanto during COVID-19 – Duncan Charters, USA (president of the World Esperanto Association)

The Encyclopedia of Adam Lindsay Gordon – John Adams and the Torquay Esperanto Coffee Club

A famous-unknown woman from Adelaide – Katja Steele, Australia

Quiz: Languages and geography – Benno Lang, Australia

Coffee break

The COVID-19 pandemic and the health system in Iran – Keyhan Sayadpour, Iran (president of the Iranian Esperanto Association)


Diaries from Hell: The chronicles of Viktor Klemperer – Trevor Steele, Australia
Viktor Klemperer was a Jew who miraculously survived the 12 years of Hitler.

Montessori education – Penny Vos, Australia
What it is, and how it presents possibilities both for and through Esperanto

Coffee break

Important issues in the teaching of Esperanto – Katalin Kováts, Netherlands

How I write songs – jOmO, France (world-famous singer)


English and Esperanto – Renato Corsetti, UK

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Informal chat