Learn Esperanto the natural way.

This course is based on La Fundamento

La Unua Libro (including La Fundamento) is the first document, which described the language "Esperanto", written by Zamenhof.
That document was edited on July 26, 1887 in
Russian, then later in French, English, German and Polish.
It was directed to educated people, which had a good knowledge of the grammar of their own language, and maybe, of one or more languages - as it should be your case.
Based on this document, the language spread out.
Even if Esperanto considerably evolved from then, this document is undoubtedly still authoritative about the language.

"La Fundamento" consists of three parts

  1. the grammar
  2. the exercises
  3. the universal dictionary

In this course, you will get acquainted with the Grammar. Don't attempt to understand every detail of it right away: it's the purpose of the Exercises, to enable you to better understand the somewhat sketchy rules.
You should be capable of finding out the grammar rules by yourself, based on the Exercises. This is the most natural way to learn a language. If you cannot guess a rule, just leave a note to yourself and come back to it a few days later.

After some time, depending on your diligence, your brain will become accustomed to the subtulties of the language, and you will be able to attack more difficult matters.
You might find it useful to dowload The Esperanto Teacher (by Helen Fryerd) and print it.

Proceed with Lesson 1 


This program was tested with Mozilla/Firefox (Dowload Firefox from here, it's free).
There is no guarantee it will work with another browser. For instance, sound files are not tuned for Internet Explorer.
You'll also have to install a plugin to read *.wav files, for instance QuikTime .

The recommended window size is 1280x1024.
If you use a window dimension of 800 x 600 you will have to reduce the size of the left frame.

You should set Firefox to open new windows in new tabs.
go to Tools -> Options -> Tabs, and choose: new pages should be opened in a new tab.

This will enable you to switch easily between pages.

When you click on a link, and you don't see anything happening, remember to look in an already opened tab: the page was loaded there.

Direct your questions to Remuŝ.

Recommendations to learn quickly.

If you need more information about the language Esperanto, contact a local club, or send a message to news:soc.culture.esperanto

In order to type the accented letters of Esperanto, type an x first and then the accented letter. Ex. xc will appears as ĉ, and xu as ŭ.
The program is not case sensitive.
When there is nothing to fill in, use the Carriage Return (Cr) key.

All key strokes are trapped, so you will not be able to use the usual keyboard shortcuts; use the mouse.