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7. Where do I find classes, textbooks, etc.?

In the USA: Esperanto League for North America

For US residents, the Esperanto League for North America is the best and most reliable source for Esperanto materials. They offer a free basic correspondence course (by snail mail, but see below for an E-mail course), and may be offering a more detailed and advanced paid correspondence course. They have an extensive catalogue of books, including texts, reference, fiction, poetry, cassette tapes and audio CD-ROMs. Their address is:

Esperanto League for North America
Box 1129
El Cerrito CA 94530
tel. 1-800-ESPERANTO (1-800-377-3726) toll-free (USA and Canada) for a free information package
tel. (510) 653-0998

WWW site:


A more immediate source of texts, especially for those with access to a university, is your local library. The quality of the books will vary widely, of course, but most of the texts, even the older ones, will provide a reasonable general introduction to the language.

One exception, mentioned here only because it was surplused to many libraries around the USA, is the US Army's Esperanto: The Aggressor Language, which is more of a curiosity than a useful textbook. This book was prepared to make military exercises more realistic by having the opposing forces speak different languages, as would be the case in a real war. The soldiers playing the role of the aggressor were taught Esperanto, hence the strange title. Unfortunately, the book is extremely poor and contains a great many mistakes; in addition, its emphasis is on military terms, not on everyday vocabulary.

The problem with most old texts is that they are... well... old! Their presentations can seem very bland and old-fashioned, and their "cultural" information about the Esperanto community will often be hopelessly out of date. One recent US textbook is Richardson's Esperanto: Learning and Using the International Language. It is available from ELNA and perhaps some libraries.

Another book, Teach Yourself Esperanto by Cresswell and Hartley, is a very useful introduction to the language. The Teach Yourself series can often be found in ordinary bookstores.

Another good, if a bit old-fashioned, textbook, Step by Step in Esperanto by Butler, has recently been reprinted and is available from ELNA. Still another book recommended by more than one participant is Saluton! by Audrey Childs-Mee. This is entirely in Esperanto, with many pictures.

Wells's two-way Esperanto Dictionary is a good choice for beginners. This dictionary is in the same series as Teach Yourself Esperanto and is also often available in ordinary bookstores. For a more thorough treatment, see Butler's one-way Esperanto-English Dictionary, and Benson's one-way Comprehensive English-Esperanto Dictionary.

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Free E-mail Correspondence Courses

Free Esperanto courses by E-mail are available in several languages. Typically, these have 10 lessons and teach a vocabulary of a few hundred words. The system is the same as for traditional correspondence courses: the instructor sends a lesson; the student does the exercises and sends them back; the instructor corrects the exercises and sends the next lesson.

In English:
Free Esperanto Course
Marko Rauhamaa,

In French:
Cours gratuit d'esp鲡nto
Ken Caviness,

In German:
Kostenloser Esperanto-Kurs
Steffen Pietsch,

In Chinese:
Mianfei Shijieyu Kecheng
ZHONG Qiyao,

In Russian:
Andrej Ananjin,

E-mail courses also exist in other languages.

Macintosh HyperCard Course

Macintosh owners with HyperCard and MacinTalk can take advantage of an introductory HyperCard course on Esperanto. This can be downloaded by FTP.

Classes and Courses

Each summer, San Francisco State University and the University of Hartford (Connecticut) offer a curriculum of Esperanto courses, in which one may participate at beginning, intermediate, or advanced levels. These courses are available for credit or on a non-credit basis. They are widely considered to be one of the best opportunities to learn to speak Esperanto "like a native", and draw students and faculty from around the world.

San Francisco State University:
Ellen M. Eddy
11736 Scott Creek Dr SW
Olympia WA 98512
tel. (360) 754-4563

information at

University of Hartford:
tel. (800) 234-4412 or (860) 768-4978

Other institutions offering Esperanto courses on a regular basis include:

In France:
Chⴥau Gr鳩llon, 49105 Baug鬠tel. 02 41 89 10 34

La Kvinpetalo, rue de Lavoir, 86410 Bouresse, tel. 05 49 42 80 74

In Poland:
Dr. Ilona Koutny, Linguistics Institute, Adam Mickiewicz University, ul. Miedzychodzka 3-5, 60-371 Poznan, tel. 61 861-85-72

Jagiellonian University, Krakow. Contact: Maria Majerczak, ul. Armii krajovej 7 M, PL-30-150 Krakow, tel. 12 638-14-49

In Sweden:
Karlskoga Folkh槳kola, Box 192, 691 24 Karlskoga, tel. 0586-64600

In Switzerland:
Kultura Centro Esperantista, C.P. 311, 2301 La Chaux-de-Fonds, tel. (032) 9267407

National Esperanto Organizations

In the following countries, you may contact the national Esperanto organization to receive information on courses, buy books, etc.

In Australia:
Australia Esperanto-Asocio, 9 Ballantyne Street, Thebarton SA 5031, tel. (08) 8443-8997

Book Service: c/o T. Elliott, PO Box 230, Matraville NSW 2036, tel. (02) 9311-2246

In Brazil:
Brazila Esperanto-Ligo, C.P. 3625, 70084-970 Brasilia (DF), tel. (061) 226-1298


Book Service: Same as above

In Canada:
Kanada Esperanto-Asocio, P.O. Box 2159, Sidney BC, V8L 3S6

Book Service: 6358-A, rue de Bordeaux, Montreal QC, H2G 2R8, tel. (514) 272-0151

In China:
Cxina Esperanto-Ligo, P.O. Kesto 825, 100037 Beijing, tel. (010) 68326682

Book Service: El Popola Cxinio, P.O. Kesto 77, 100037 Beijing

In France:
Unuigxo Franca por Esperanto, 4 bis, rue de la Cerisaie, 75004 Paris, tel. 01 42 78 68 86

Book Service: Same as above

In Germany:
Germana Esperanto-Asocio, Immentalstr. 3, 79104 Freiburg, tel. (07 61) 28 92 99

Book Services: M. F쨲er, Am Stadtpfad 11, 65760 Eschborn,
and Rolf Beau, Saxoniastr. 35, 04451 Althen, E-mail:

In Italy:
Itala Esperanto-Federacio, Via Villoresi 38, 20143 Milano, tel. (02) 58 100 857

Book Service: Cooperative Editoriale Esperanto, same address as above

In Japan:
Japana Esperanto-Instituto, Waseda-mati 12-3, Sinzyuku-ku, JP-162-0042 Tokyo-to, tel. (03) 3203 4581


Book Service: Same as above

In Russia:
Rusia Esperantista Unio, P.f. 74, 367000 Mahackala, tel. (8722) 630643,
Moscow office: P.f. 57, 105318 Moskva, tel. (095) 2437456, (095) 9239127


Book Service: Same as Moscow office

In Sweden:
Sveda Esperanto-Federacio, Vikingagatan 24, 11342 Stockholm, tel. (08) 34 08 00


Book Service: Same as above

In Switzerland:
Svisa Esperanto-Asocio, Jurastrasse 23, 3063 Ittigen (Bern)

Book Service: Kultura Centro Esperantista, C.P. 779, 2301 La Chaux-de-Fonds

In the UK:
Esperanto-Asocio de Britio, 140 Holland Park Avenue, London W11 4UF, tel. (0171) 727-7821

Book Service: Same as above

World Esperanto Association:
Universala Esperanto-Asocio, Nieuwe Binnenweg 176, 3015 BJ Rotterdam, The Netherlands, tel. +31 10 436 1044


Book Service: Same as above
Book catalogue available online in WAIS format. (You must use a WAIS client to access this catalogue.)

These are just some of the countries with Esperanto organizations. If your country is not mentioned here, please see the complete list.

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