All posts tagged "esperanto"

The Hobbit in Esperanto, Chapter 6: Out of the Shtetl and Into the Goblin Army (15 May 2016 | Tags: , , )

The goblins in The Hobbit are smarter — or at least wittier — than their counterparts in The Lord of the Rings. They even improvise rhyming songs1:

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The Hobbit in Esperanto, Chapter 5: Riddles in the Translation (25 Apr 2016 | Tags: , , )

Christopher Gledhill translated the text of The Hobbit into Esperanto, but William Auld translated the poems.

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100 Days of Duolingo (19 Apr 2016 | Tags: , , , )

After a hundred days in a row of Duolingo, I'm wondering whether I established a good habit — studying a foreign language every day — or a bad one — wasting time acquiring meaningless points every day.

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The Hobbit in Esperanto, Chapter 4: Drawing the Line (08 Apr 2016 | Tags: , , )

Esperanto is fond of compound words — elsewhere in Chapter 4 the goblins ĝojkriis, "shouted for joy", while the dwarves' captured ponies kunpremiĝis, "huddled together" ("pushed themselves together"). Bilbo can't even egalpaŝi, "keep up" ("walk equally").

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The Hobbit in Esperanto, Chapter 3: Esperanto Runes (18 Mar 2016 | Tags: , , )
It's like finding Elrond's yearbook picture
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Build your vocabulary with anfractuosity (16 Mar 2016 | Tags: , , )

By default, my Anki flashcard decks of foreign language vocabulary show me words I've added myself (usually because I had to look them up and figured if I memorized them I could spare Future Tracy a riffle through the dictionary). When those run out, though, Anki switches to cards I've downloaded from the Internet. And as we all know, the Internet has a strange set of priorities.

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The Hobbit in Esperanto, Chapter 2: In a Mutton Kind of Way (11 Mar 2016 | Tags: , , )

Last time I wrote about the Esperanto translation of The Hobbit, I mentioned Esperanto's trick of coining words out of long chains of smaller roots. There's plenty of that to appreciate in Chapter 2.

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The Hobbit in Esperanto, Chapter 1: An Unexpected Locomotive (03 Mar 2016 | Tags: , , )

1. I like reading books in translation. I like seeing the translator's choices, whether that's a turn of phrase that seems perfectly equivalent to the original - which isn't to say it was easy to do - or a surprising but logical change to make a poem or a riddle work out correctly. Translations give you a fresh view of familiar stories. Reading one is like getting to read a book for the first time all over again.

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Books I finished in January, 2016 (05 Feb 2016 | Tags: , , , , )

Some friends are keeping logs of everything they read in 2016, and I joined the club. These are just books I finished, with one exception, so I don't have to keep adding the same books in progress month after month.

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Gerda disappears, but she never goes away (31 Jan 2016 | Tags: , , )

Claude Piron's Gerda Malaperis ("Gerda Vanished") is a rare treat – not because it’s an original Esperanto novel (there are loads of those), but because it's an instructional text that's both cleverly constructed and entertaining in its own right. And I just found out that someone filmed the whole thing!

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Nagged by an owl (22 Jan 2016 | Tags: , , , )

A friend recently recommended Duolingo. It's billed as free online language study, but really it's Farmville for foreign language enthusiasts.

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