Esperanto is a language, like other human languages. You can express feelings and thoughts in Esperanto the same way as in other languages. But Esperanto doesn't belong to any particular nation or people – it belongs to everyone who has learned it, regardless of where they came from or where they live.
Esperanto's main aim is to simplify contact and communication between people who don't share a native or national language. In our experience, the Esperanto language is particularly suitable for use in global communication by "ordinary people" who have an interest in other countries and culture.
Libera Esperanto-Libro means "Free Esperanto Book". The idea of the book is to teach the basics of the international language Esperanto. Those who have read through the book and done the exercises should have enough basic knowledge of Esperanto to read easy texts, participate in Esperanto events, and begin to use the language to correspond with people from other countries.
The first version of Libera Esperanto-Libro consists of 14 chapters:
Each chapter has between 10 and 30 pages, and is contained in a separate PDF file. This arrangement makes it easy to download, print, and copy the chapters. As the title indicates, you may freely print, copy, and distribute the chapters of this book.
The book aims to help people who would like to learn Esperanto from a paper document – on the sofa, on a train, or in a location without easy computer or internet access. As you work through this book, it would be helpful if you also worked on some of the courses at www.lernu.net. The material available at lernu! is much more detailed and complete than the contents of this book, and lernu! offers a community of experienced Esperanto speakers and other Esperanto students who can assist you in your study of the language. You will achieve the best results if you combine online learning, book learning, listening and speaking (during Esperanto events, for example).
In a sense, Esperanto is a free language – it is not linked to any specific nation or culture, it was given to the world by its initiator without any copyrights, and its grammar is very flexible. Most importantly, Esperanto speakers feel free of limitations when they use it to communicate with people from other parts of the world. Now there is also a free book about Esperanto. Hopefully, this book will gradually be translated into many languages, so that anyone who wants to learn the language will be able to do so easily and free of charge, simply by downloading a few PDFs.
If you'd like to comment on the contents of this book, or if you have any questions, you are welcome to write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy reading and learning about the fascinating language Esperanto!
Hokan Lundberg, coordination and writing (also in the team of lernu.net)
Erin Piateski, writing and translation (also in the team of lernu.net)
Aaron Chapman, graphics editing and translation (former member of the lernu!-team)
Simon Davies, advice and proof-reading
Helen Claesson, graphics
The Libera Esperanto-Libro logo was designed by Katjo Mencanto.