Learn online

This is one of the most popular methods of learning Esperanto as it’s an easy way to hear the language as well as to read, write, and speak with others around the world.

One of the best sites for learning Esperanto online is lernu.net. You will find the list of courses for all levels here.

On duolingo.com the course in Esperanto has become very popular. Also, edukado.net has lots of materials for learning Esperanto.

Another great online course is Kurso de Esperanto with 12 lessons including pronunciation, listening exercises, and karaoke. For an extensive list of resources go to: So Many Ways to Learn Esperanto.

Teach yourself from books

There are several books available which are good for beginners.

The Australian Esperanto Association provides a very easy pocket textbook.  An old but good book, Jen Nia Mondo, can be downloaded from the Esperanto Association of Britain.

Esperanto by Direct Method by Stano Marĉek: words are defined by accompanying illustrations and include the 750 most commonly used words in Esperanto. This direct method allows you to learn without ‘translating’ between English and Esperanto.

Esperanto in Fifty Lessons: A Practical Guide to a Working Knowledge and Command of the New International Language by Edmond Privat is available online at Book Depository.

Two books often available in bookshops and libraries are Esperanto – learning and using the International Language by David Richardson and Teach yourself Esperanto by Cresswell, Teach Yourself Books.

Join a local Esperanto club

We have local clubs in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch, and there are contact people in other cities across New Zealand.

The New Zealand Esperanto Association organises a conference annually. Sometimes this is done in conjunction with the Australian Esperanto Association and takes place in Australia (in Indonesia it was held in 2018). Usually there is a summer school where you can take part in an intensive Esperanto course with experienced Esperanto teachers. Of course, this a perfect opportunity to practice your new Esperanto skills and see the language in action since there are often visitors from overseas whose first language is not English.

There are many other events around the world.  For more details on what is in this part of the world as well as further afield take a look at the Events page.