Esperanto Revision // LANGUAGE CHALLENGE – BigBong

Hey guys, BigBong here again to learn languages We’re in 2020 and I can already feel that this year is gonna be very special and full of great events On that topic, this year la universala kongreso de Esperanto or World Esperanto Congress is gonna be held in Montreal, Canada I’m very excited about this event and I want to surprise my friend Nicolas, who is one of the organizers So here we are, I’m challenging myself to learn the language every day to be able to at least hold a very basic conversation If you don’t know Esperanto it’s a constructed language created by Mr. Zamenhof in 1887 to have a lingua franca that doesn’t discriminate any country For more information, go search it on Google or Wikipedia Now in terms of how it sounds, it’s a bit of a mix between Latin languages, French, English, Russian… Polish, you’ll get to listen to it soon enough anyway I heard about Esperanto 10 years ago and I actually started learning the language at that time But the truth is, I gradually stopped Because I didn’t have any partners to speak with But being part of the LangFest and the Polyglot Conference I could feel how enjoyable it is to be surrounded by people with the same passion So I’ll be learning the language until the congress and I’ll be posting a video, once in a while to follow my progress Today, I would like to start with a little bit of warm-up because I’m rusty and also feel that sense of rewarding by getting that dopamine rush in my brain So I’ll be using the app Duolingo which offers Esperanto Today, let’s learn the basic greetings “Bonvolu ne” [BigBong repeating the expression] So “bonvolu”, it sounds like… “Bon” is “good” in French “voulu”… “vouloir” maybe In Esperanto, it means please “ne” is “no”… “Please, no!” “Ĝis la revido, Sofia” [BigBong repeating the expression] So “ĝis” means “until” “La revido” sounds like the Romanian “la revedere” so “until we see each other again” “Sofia” is the name… “See you Sofia!” “Bonan nokton” [BigBong repeating the expression] So “nokton”, in French we say “nocturne” for everything that’s related to “night” And “bonan” sounds like “bonne” in French as well “Bonne nuit”, “Bonan nokton” “Good night!” “Pardonu, mi dormas” [BigBong repeating the expression] So we saw “pardonu” which is “excuse me” or “sorry” “Mi dormas”… “dormas” sounds like “dormir” in French which means “sleeping” “Excuse me, I am sleeping” “You’re getting good at at this!” Thank you! “Bonan matenon, kiel vi fartas?” [BigBong repeating the expression] So in Esperanto “kiel” is “how” “Good morning, how are you?” “Bonan vesperon, kiel vi fartas?” So “good evening, how are you?” Now I’m on the most popular website to learn Esperanto which is lernu! meaning “learn!” in an imperative way, learn now! Now the name of this first lesson is “kio estas tio?” meaning “what is that?” So let’s read that together! [BigBong reading text in Esperanto] So let’s see what I understand “Filipo sidas en ĉambro” So “Filipo” is the Esperanto version of the name “Philip” “Sidas” sounds like “sit” “en”=in So “ĉambro” you see the little accent on top of it the diacritical mark? It’s pronounced [tch] So without the accent, it’s [ts] With the accent, it’s [tch] “ĉambro” and it sounds like “chambre” which means a “room” in French “En la ĉambre, estas tablo” So “estas” pretty much like in Spanish “is” So “there is a table in the room” “Seĝo”… I don’t know this word If you don’t know a word in lernu! it’s very simple If you’re on the website on a computer, just click on it If you’re on a mobile device, just tap on it So “seĝo” a chair “lito” sounds like “lit” in French which means a “bed” “vestoŝranko” so what is that? “Vesto” maybe a “vest”, so clothing? In the room, there is a table, a chair, a bed “a wardrobe” oh it’s a wardrobe “kaj” is “and” “librobreto” a bookshelf “Guitaro” so guitar “kuŝas” It sounds like “coucher” in French which means “to lie down” “is lying down” “sur” is “on” in French “la lito” on the bed “Sur la muro” So “sur” again “on” “Mur” in French is a “wall” so “on the wall” “estas bela afiŝo” So “bela” beautiful “Afiŝo” a poster In French, it’s “affiche” It really sounds like French actually if you think about it “pri koncerto” so “pri” I think it’s “about” On the wall, there is an attractive poster about a concert, so “pri” is “about” “La ĉambro estas en studenta loĝejo” So the room is in a student residence “Ĝi” is “it” Again you can see the diacritical mark on top of the G So without it, it would be [gi] With it, it’s [ji] “Ĝi estas bela kaj moderna” So we saw that “bela” is “beautiful” pretty much like Italian or Spanish So it is beautiful, “kaj” is “and” again “moderna” that’s very easy “modern” It is very beautiful and modern “sed malgranda” So “sed” means “but” “Granda” means “big” pretty much like in Spanish or French but when you put “mal” in front of an adjective in Esperanto, it becomes the opposite So “small” “kaj” and “ne tre pura” So “ne” means “no” or “not” “Tre” sounds like “très” which means “very” in French “Pura” means “pure” but in this case I think it means “clean” So Philip is sitting in a room In the room, there is a table, a chair, a bed, a wardrobe and a bookshelf A guitar lies on the bed On the wall, there is an attractive poster about a concert The room is a dormitory It is beautiful and modern but small and not very clean So what did I learn today? I’m gonna write all the vocabulary down and say it out loud So “sidas” from “sidi” to sit “Seĝo” a chair “Vestoŝranko” a wardrobe “Librobreto” a bookshelf And “loĝejo” a building That’s it for today, I hope you enjoyed it and that you could learn as much as I did Feel free to repeat everything in Esperanto out loud! Because that’s a very important part of the learning process If you are fluent in Esperanto let me know how I can improve myself even more in the comments Give me a thumbs-up if you liked the video it helps me a lot with the internet algorithm And you would show me all your support by sharing and subscribing, see you!

18 Replies to “Esperanto Revision // LANGUAGE CHALLENGE – BigBong

  1. Mi pensas, ke mi petis tiun filmeton ĉe Instagram! Koran dankon por ĉio!

    Bong, me feriez-vous l’immense privilège d’apprendre Toki Pona? Toki Pona est une autre langue construite!

  2. I have been learning Esperanto on and off since last year, I don't consider myself fluent yet but I feel I can get by pretty well. I love that this language is very easy to learn and to me, it sounds very elegant especially when put to music!

  3. Just FYI, building isn't quite right as a translation for loĝejo. In Esperanto, the suffix -ejo means place. Kuirejo = kitchen (the place where one cooks – kuiri), lernejo = school (the place where one learns – lerni ) and loĝejo = residence (the place where one lives – loĝi). P.S. On the website version of duolingo, you can get the tips and notes for each of the skills. They're definitely worth looking at as they clarify a lot of different points from the lessons.

  4. Your accent is already great: you read that paragraph on Lernu! perfectly. 🙂 If you keep this up, you'll be quite fluent by the Universala Kongreso in August. 🙂

    You might also want to consider coming to the Nord-Amerika Somera Kursaro de Esperanto (NASK) (, a one-week summer course of Esperanto held the first week of July at William Peace University, a small college in Raleigh, North Carolina. It has courses at three levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced), and if you keep up your studies, you might very well be ready for the advanced level by then!

    If you want to improve your speaking ability, the free Ekparolu! program ( allows you to chat with expert speakers over Skype.

    Of course, you can (and should!) seek local Esperantists to speak with in your city, and join a local club, if there is one.

  5. Well done, great language. Keep at it and you will have no problems at the Universal Kongreso. Afer Duolingo and Lernu! There are lots of ways to keep improving the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing.

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