Why “mij” <> “ni”

“Esperanto is a very logical language, with complex words derived from simple roots in a highly regular way. Why, then, is it not possible to form plural pronouns by adding -j to the singular ones? It would make sense to say ‘mij’ instead of ‘ni’, use ‘vij’ for the plural ‘you’, or speak about a group of women as ‘ŝij’.”

Read more: https://jakubmarian.com/why-not-mij-vij-lij-instead-of-ni-vi-ili-in-esperanto/


Esperanto at a Glance

I created this piece based upon a copy of an old poster published by the British Esperanto Association. I used LibreOffice Draw to produce the piece. It can be easily customized for use by any Esperanto organization. I’d be happy to share it with anyone who would like a copy. A PDF version is also available.

Esperanto at a Glance - ESMA.jpg

Please let me know what you think about this poster. I have a lot more of this sort of material in mind. I hope that you find it useful.

Esperanto is Exceptional

Studying the rules vs. studying the exceptions

Esperanto is exceptional, in that its grammar does not have any exceptions! Just think of the long litany of English verbs that are conjugated every-which-way-but-loose. Think of learning Spanish verb conjugation, which is comparably regular, but still there are a large number of verb conjugations that are irregular and must be memorized.

Esperanto is considered among the easiest languages to learn, taking an estimated 150 hours of study to reach proficiency. (Compare that to English, which requires around 1,500 hours.) It is because of Esperanto’s simple grammar, straightforward phonetics and familiarity of vocabulary (for speakers of European languages, anyway) that such a claim can be made.

This is why it is such a great idea to study Esperanto before learning another language. Cut your teeth with something easy to chew, then move on to tougher and more complicated prey. It is fun and easy to learn Esperanto. Do it today!

The Correlative Table in Esperanto

Great video by Alex Miller about Esperanto’s correlatives. For me, this was one of the most challenging parts of learning Esperanto. I understand them now, but it took a while and a lot of thinking and studying. I found a good book that helped a lot, too.

In all honesty, the way that I finally mastered correlatives was taking a mini-course on Memrise about them. Also, I began writing Esperanto daily and found that I had to know how to use a correlative, such as “kiu,” in order to write properly. So, I learned by study and by practice.

Alex gives us a great overview of correlatives. Watch it on YouTube, and be sure to subscribe to his channel!