This course introduces you to the main language elements of Esperanto and helps you understand how to use them to put sentences together. (By "language elements" we mean words and parts of words.)
As it happens, creating a sentence in Esperanto is something like piecing together a puzzle. You have certain "pieces" (the language elements) which you have to carefully examine in order to understand how to put them together and construct something meaningful.
This course places an emphasis on Esperanto word-building, which is a little different to word-building in other languages. At first it can feel a little strange creating words like, for example, "leg/em/ul/o" (= a person who likes to read) and "mal/ferm/it/a" (= open). But, little by little, you will notice how ingenious the building system of the "Lingvo Internacia" really is.
The course's main page consists of:
If you don't see all the language elements on your screen, change the text size in your browser (e.g. in Internet Explorer: View / Text Size / Smaller)
The course works best in Firefox 1.5 or higher, and Internet Explorer 7.
The language elements can glide (in demonstrations) and are clickable (in exercises). If you click on a language element or group title, a short explanation about it will appear.
The course consists of 40 lessons. Each lesson shows you a few language elements and then lets you practise them.
Good luck puzzling out Esperanto!
(The course was created by Hokan Lundberg and Bertilo Wennergren.)