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The Esperanto Teacher [Paperback]

Helen Fryer

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8 Feb 2007
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old but great introduction 27 July 2007
By Harry A. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
The title says it all.This is a fairly simple introduction to Esperanto with a mminimum of grammatical jargon. The grammar and usage of the language are well covered but slowly and in a less formidable technical format. There are lots of great exercises and reading material. It is a great cmpanion volume to go along with "A Complete Grammar of Esperanto" by Kellerman. Both are available at AMAZON.COM and are able to be purchased as a set. I HIGHLY recommend getting both. I am currently using both of these in my private studies and I am finding my progress with them to be very rapid. The small digestible chapters/lessons are a relief from more modern texts that try to cover everything in only 10 or 16 chapters and hence cram a lot of important material into a short space and do not leave time for assimilation. Even though Esperanto is not as difficult as most native Languages and certainly not as comlicated as classical ones such as LAtin, Greek, or Sanskrit, it DOES take sustained effort to master it. There are areas of Esperanto that are not easy - the subtle use of some of the correlatives for example. One can certainly memorize a table of them and wade through a single chapter explaining their usage, but it takes time to assimilate their use. The gradual presentation in this and Kellerman's volume allow that important phase of assimilation to occur.

Some may complain that there are no "conversations" in these volumes as seems to be so popular lately in the language instruction materials on the market. One almost regrets this fad in language education as it tends either to present highly artificial conversations, or to have any meaningful conversations, words and forms not yet taught have to be introduced and then glossed rather than being actually taught from first principles. The exercises in these volumes are entirely constrained to the vocabulary and grammar already covered - period. Hence the student is not overburdened aat the beginning of his/her studies with being presented with unfamiliar and non understandable forms based on the knowledge thus far presented.

The reading course I took in French in college (4 semesters) used the approach in these books (Fench For Reading Knowledge by Joseph Palmeri, E. E. Milligan) and at the end of this study I could actually read French, well enough to pass a graduate reading exam 4 years later without having to brush up or retake a course. Consider this in contrast to the deplorable results of modern foreign language education found in most Universities today when after a year of study MOST students can't read it, speak it nor understand it well enough to use the language effectively.

I am convinced, although amongst modern language fadists this is sooo politically incorrect) that ONLY after a grammatical form is well understood can it be effectively used in conversation. Fryer's suggestions for learning Esperanto at the beginning of the book may seem quaint and outdated for some, but in my experience it works! Learn the forms, translate the Esperanto into English and then work very hard to translate the English into Esperanto focusing on THINKING in Esperanto as you do so! Then be creative in making up your own sentences. As a corrective measure you may want to submit your Esperanto to a translation engine such as the one at [...] or using the Esperanto word processing program Esperantilo (see [...]) - note I cannot get the automatic translation to work although the automatic one works.

Well I hope this has helped some!

And thanks to AMAZON.COM for making these useful texts to the Esperanto community so readily available!

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars freely available 22 Mar 2008
By R. Harrison - Published on Amazon.com
This is a reprint of a copyright-expired book that originally appeared in 1907. If you do a bit of searching you can find the full text online. But if you prefer to have a nicely-printed paper copy, this is a good option. Personally I made more progress with "Step By Step in Esperanto" by Montagu Butler, which is sometimes available used here on Amazon. "Step By Step" divides the material into many small lessons that you can pick up and read during idle moments.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Very Outdated & Incomplete 20 Nov 2009
By Kat Crane - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is simply a reprint of a 1907 text - with NO updates or revisions. I wrongly assumed that since it was the Tenth edition (published in 2006) it would have been updated...DO NOT make the same mistake. The language is stilted and often very politically incorrect. The vocabulary that is taught is out of the Victorian era! Examples: (1.) One of the writing exercises refers to a "deaf and dumb" person. (2.) "Jews," "Poles," etc. are considered "different races". MOST PROBLEMATIC: The limited dictionary at the back of the book contains words such as "whooping-cough," "lapwing," "jessamine" and "quinine" . . . but does NOT contain modern words, such as "computer," "mouse," or even "car or automobile!" ADDITIONALLY there is no index or Table of Contents, which makes it hard to find specific instances of grammar. In sum, this book is of VERY LIMITED USE. I would suggest it is only appropriate for the Esperanto scholar who is interested in Esperanto from an historical perspective. The only good thing I can say about it, is that it gave me a few laughs. Example: See page 131 for a discussion of how the word "mercury" has been replaced with the "most commonly used word" ... "quicksilver." ROTFL. So glad I can say "lapwing," "whooping-cough" and "quicksilver" in Esperanto!
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