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Speak Esperanto fluently

All 4-year-young children around the world speak fluently with a small vocabulary, no matter which is their language.

The main purpose of Esperanto is to speak Esperanto. We have to try to focus on fluency ... with a small vocabulary. At first it is best not to try to memorize lists of words. After reaching fluency, the vocabulary can be extended by reading and listening. But we should start with readings written specifically for beginners.

"Kontakto" magazine is written using only 875 word-roots. They can write about any subject using only those words. Some of their articles are written with a still smaller vocabulary of less than 500 words.

Knowing the meaning of those words will help us reach fluency.

The fastest way to learn that vocabulary and how to use those words, is to complete a basic course. At that moment isn't necessary to learn all the details about grammar.

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  1.   List of 1000 words from "Kontakto" magazine.
  2.   Facililo.  Editor to write using the Kontakto list.
  3.   Ilustrita Oficiala Radikaro Esperanta por Lernanto.pdf
  4.   Wouter F. Pilger's vocabulary Esperanto-Esperanto (2500 words)
  5.   Learn Esperanto just listening.

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1. List of   1000 words   from "Kontakto" magazine.

These are the 1000 most frequently used words.
The words in bold print are more common than the others.
The red words are intransitive verbs.
Blovi, fumi, koleri, soifi, and suferi are transitive verbs and also intransitive.
The other verbs are transitive.
Clicking any word shows its meaning, in Esperanto.

This list was created by Anna Löwenstein for contributors to Kontakto magazine, who write in easy Esperanto for beginners.

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2. Facililo:   Editor to write using the Kontakto list.

Green words:  very easy words.
Blue words:  easy words.
Red words:  not on the list, or have errors.

This is the best tool to start writing in Esperanto. Practicing writing, we also improve the spoken fluency.

It is convenient to start writing after studying 5 lessons, but without consulting dictionaries. When you do not know the word in Esperanto, use the word in English. Later you will learn the corresponding word in Esperanto.

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3. Ilustrita  Oficiala Radikaro Esperanta  por Lernanto.pdf

Official vocabulary of the Academy of Esperanto, for students.
Approximately 2500 words.

If the link does not work,  Click here  (Download original PDF file, 2118 KB)

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4. Wouter F. Pilger's vocabulary, Esperanto-Esperanto.

Each word has a number from 0 to 9 and X.
0: affixes, grammatical endings.
1-9: words by frequency.
X: They are not on the Academy list.
The most common, numbers 0-6, are about 950.
The whole vocabulary has about 2900 words.

There are several versions:

Bazaj radikoj Esperanto-Esperanto, Unicode U8    1      2 

(IA5) ^c ^g    ASCII-TXT (^G), IA: International Alphabet

Latin 3   

Bazaj radikoj Esperanto-English, in 10 groups, Unicode U8  
    With a few links    With some more links   

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5. Learn Esperanto   just listening  

Based on the book "Gerda Malaperis", and read in Esperanto and its English translation. Each line is repeated four times:
  1.  In Esperanto
  2.  The English Translation
  3.  Again in Esperanto
  4.  Silence, so you can repeat in Esperanto

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Updated by Enrique,   5  mayo  2014