The First Book was written by [Ludwig ][Zamenhof] on July 26, 1887 in Russian, and then in French, English, German and Polish.
###As soon as you realize that you can't answer, press any key, for instance "q". The correct answer will be given, and you'll have to hit the right key.
An example of that follows. ### If you make a mistake, take a look at what you typed and what you had to type in the [red window]. ### Now wait some time (more than ten seconds) before you answer ...
... and listen.
Did you hear the beep beep ?
This happens when the time limit for responding is exhausted. The question is handled as "not known".
The program will reshow the same question a little while later.
Reply C to [continue].###It doesn't pay to sit in front of the screen for minutes, trying to guess an answer. This is a waste of time.
In the real lessons, repeat the text aloud, without looking at the screen, and continue.
###The questions that you missed, will be reshown later, even sooner if you answered wrongly several times, untill you remember
### Many computers do not have a keyboard to enter special letters, such as ĉ ĝ ĥ ĵ ŝ ŭ
You can use the on-screen keyboard, or if you have a physical keyboard, type an "x" in front of the letter c, g, h, j, s.
For example: Enter now xc to enter [ĉ] or press the button Ĉ, if you do not have a physical keyboard.
My father had forty sheep.
### You can very easily create your own lessons.
I use this for my grandchildren.
The first version of this program was written in 1982.
Now some more examples of use:
The First Book (which contains the Foundation) is the [first] document written by Zamenhof. It describes the language "Esperanto".
### The First Book was published on [July ][6, ] in Russian, and then in French, English, German and Polish.
Even if Esperanto considerably evolved since 1887, this document is considered the only [obligatory ][authority] over Esperanto and is thus [un][changeable].
### You should be able to find out what are the [grammar ][rules]. This is the most natural way to learn a language, or did you learn English with a grammar book?
### If you can not figure out a rule, just write a note to yourself and come back to the lesson in a few days later.
If you still don't find an explanation by yourself, send a note to me by pressing the button with an envelope. ###You should have somebody check your pronunciation, but [not] by a native English speaker.
Be careful not to take bad habits. Use your ears more than you eyes.
### At the end of the lesson, [mix] the sentences, and redo the the lesson.
I recommend to do this as soon as possible, and repeat it until you feel you have memorized everything. ###If you are a little knowlegable of computers, you can easily take a lesson as a model and modify it to suit your needs. ###
If you want to write your own lessons, contact:
Later I'll write a bit more about the operation of the program. ###Go now to the table of contents, choose "English" and read the introduction and the exercises.