Esperanto tutors

@steve, if its about content then why hasn’t Czech been added?
You can guarantee at least 150 - 200 podcasts almost instantly.

I agree with Steve and Michele about the strange ideological zeal that some Esperantists have. It is very off-putting, and I think it keeps a lot of people from studying it.
I also agree on the point that starting it without enough content would be pointless.

Perhaps Jamie is right, maybe members, whom of course, are interested (and qualified to translate for the language) could help. I’m certain that we could get a suitable amount of beginner 1 and 2 content, but I imagine it wouldn’t be so easy to attain intermediate and above, which I perceive as a major problem, given that Esperanto is really not a difficult language.

Well, I know that there are websites with intermediate content available for free.
Perhaps, or some other organization could help provide content, as Talk to Me
in Korean helped with the Korean section. Lernu has quite a bit of content, from what I understand.

Of course, it would be cool to see Catalan and Dutch, Norwegian, etc.
I know this is a lot of work and it would be silly to launch them without sufficient content.

Perhaps what Berta suggested would be useful, although I’m not sure I had a full grasp on the idea.
Berta, could you expand on that idea, or explain it?

Matt, I think a lot of free content in Esperanto could be found on several websites and shared on the LingQ library. I could help with it, if necessary.

So, now it is a question of where we would store content in the mean time, in the case that enough members became interested in helping.

I appreciate your willingness to help, Michele.

Hmmm…I wonder if we have any Bulgarian members.

There are many Bulgarian members on LingQ, but all inactive! :frowning:

What a pity!

Like we have english, russian, spanish… we could have a new language set up called Jumble (or whatever the name).

In that new language, we upload lessons from all the languages that are not officially supported, that don’t have a slot yet here at Lingq. Like Esperanto, Dutch, Polish, Bulgarian…

Let’s say your target language is Esperanto: When you upload a new lesson in “Jumble” “language” you put it as “Esperanto” accent…

So, like we have in English different accents like: “British” “Australian”…etc… Here in “Jumble language” we have “esperanto” “dutch”…

That way if we want to find a lesson in Jumbe’s Library in Esperanto we would filter it by accent—> Esperanto

So when there are enough lessons uploaded in Jumble of Esperanto or Polish or whatever… Lingq sets up the new language with lots of lessons ready to move to its slot as offficial language.

People could also tutor in any of the Jumble languages.

So either way we win, because having lots of lessons there of any non-official language at Lingq doesn’t hurt.

—> is this a better Matt? :slight_smile: (it’s not really because I’m writing in English, maybe in English it gets worse; in Spanish I have the same problem, in my brain it sounds simple but it doesn’t come out right xD)

Content is a big obstacle to launching new languages but there are others. We realize after launching Korean that we need to have more content before launching a language. Requiring a certain amount of content for a language before launching it, is the way to go. We will think about how best to manage this but having some kind of content repository that we can all see and contribute to makes sense. A hodge-podge language is not likely to happen. Sorry, Berta. It would create all sorts of other problems in the system.

no problem Mark :slight_smile:

Wow, Berta.
I take Mark’s word for it when he says it would cause technical problems, but I thought the idea was rather cool :wink:

We’ll see what happens, I suppose.

There is quite a lot of free Esperanto content on the web already, both at Lernu! and at other places. It would be fine to have Esperanto at LingQ, but given that Esperanto has a comparatively small vocabulary, I’m not sure that lingqing is all that necessary. Once you get a minimal ability in Esperanto, you can start participating in chats and whatnot, so unless there were an active Esperanto community at LingQ, you wouldn’t really be getting the full benefit.

But I’d still like to see it added, and there’s plenty of content.

I agree about some of the ideological stuff, but I don’t find it that bad or off-putting. Some people are just overly sensitive about being told that Esperanto isn’t a “real” language. Or they’re all hopped up about the idea of a universal language - usually those people are new.