Once you have learned some of the basics of the language you can improve your fluency by increasing your vocabulary and by practicing listening, reading, writing and speaking. Here are a few suggested resources to help you.
Passporto Al La Tuta Mondo is an entertaining drama entirely in Esperanto it starts out with more simple Esperanto and progresses over the 15 lessons. Each lesson also has an introduction explaining some of the grammatical points and there are written exercises to accompany the course.
A number of Esperanto radio stations and podcasts are available online:
Radio ZZZ puts out a weekly Esperanto audio programme monthly with short items of interest. You can listen over the Internet or download as a podcast under iTunes for listening on an iPod.
You can find a list of other Esperanto Podcasts here.
Dictionaries, Grammar and Reference
The most useful dictionaries for the intermediate learner are:
The Esperanto version of Wikipedia (Vikipedo) has the 32nd highest count of articles (as of January 2016).
A good Esperanto grammar reference is Plena Manlibro de Esperanta Gramatiko (PMEG).
Once you’re ready there are a wealth of Esperanto books on a wide variety of topics – why not read a translation of a good book you already know or try an original Esperanto work?
You can browse and buy books at these Esperanto online stores:
Esperanto-USA Retbutiko – in English
FEL Retbutiko – in English, Esperanto and other languages
Universala Esperanto Asocio (UAE) Catalogue – in Esperanto
Some of the big online retailers also stock Esperanto books:
There are a few Esperanto books at the Book Depository (based in the UK). Although they don’t have a huge Esperanto range they do have free shipping even to New Zealand which means they are often the best value.
You can search for Esperanto books at Amazon.
Scrabble – Play the well known word game in Esperanto. You can play against the computer or against others.
Crosswords – The PuzzleFoundry, where you can create, publish and share your word puzzles (e.g. poligrams or crosswords). PuzzleFoundry supports five languages, including Esperanto. It is supported by dictionaries, through which you can perform word searches to enable you to find possible matches for your puzzles.
In the past it could be hard to practice speaking with others if there was no one else in your area who spoke Esperanto. Now with the Internet Esperanto speakers are only a few clicks away and you can be making friends all over the world with people you would never have been able to chat to before.
Skype and Google Hangouts are two ways to talk to others who speak Esperanto – here is a Yahoo group listing Skype Esperanto users.
If you live in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, Masterton or Tauranga there are local Esperanto groups that meet regularly – find out more here.
Come to NZEA’s annual congress and practice your Esperanto with others from New Zealand and from overseas.
Find yourself an online pen-friend and start really using Esperanto across borders – it’s great to be able to communicate with someone with whom you have no other language in common. You can find other learners on lernu.net or at koresponda-servo.
Or why not start your own Esperanto blog? If you’re an NZEA member tell us about it and we’ll put up a link to your blog.
Second Life (Dua Vivo) – A virtual reality world which you play online (for free). There is an active group of Esperantists in Esperanto-Lando on Second life and you can meet and chat online. There are even online Esperanto lessons and virtual lectures and meetings.
Here’s a video about it if you want to find out more (in Esperanto):