Ideas, Ideas, Ideas!
At this last meeting, we had a plethora of tasties (thank you Meryl and Jack!) and great ideas, as well as convincing Windows to play the Mazi DVD and reading up to Ch. 7 of “Gerda Malaperis.” By the way, everyone, you can view the Mazi videos here, along with some printable worksheets of the vocab used and scripts.
We received a package full of Esperanto books from Lee Miller of Missouri! We actually received them several weeks ago but I had to wait till my parents visited to get them.🙂 I’m home right now, but when I get back I’ll set up a page with all the titles–sort of a lending library for us. I’ll also perhaps start cataloging the Esperanto books in our libraries, with brief descriptions of what they are. That could be a large project, but I think it would be nice to be able to see exactly what we have here. I’ve got four years here–I should be able to do it before then. Heh.
So, as to meeting changes, there are none. Heh. We talked about possibly allocating the first few minutes (20-30) for just chatting in Esperanto for the more advanced speakers to practice and the newer learners to participate when they feel ready. However, I know that the current time already pushes several members who have events directly after the meeting. Do we want to move that to some time after the regular meeting (though I feel like that might be weird)?
Or, we could have a weekend date where the first thirty minutes would be conversation and the like, and the rest would be a formal lesson. The more advanced speakers can just show up for the chat, or stay for the lesson as well. It’ll be more structured, however, so new students can build on their knowledge in addition to the hodge-podge learning the meetings generally seem to provide. Starting next weekend, sound good?
Jack had the brilliant idea of a one-week intensive Esperanto course. We could cover all the basics of Esperanto in about 5 days. It would give everyone a good base in the language. Plus, it’ll be fun! Let’s pick a week soon! We can have different times each day.
So, we’re going to get on ordering those Teach Yourself Esperanto books printed up. I’m not sure how much they’ll be, but they’ll be less than $13 when we get them a few copies at a time.🙂
The last day for proposing things for SORF to fund is coming up. Please email me ideas! Books (specifics would be nice), magazines, etc.
Also, Patrick Marx (Marks? I’m not sure if he gave that as an Esperantization or what…), a science teacher at West Point Elementary, has a group of about six children who are learning Esperanto. They would like to correspond with us, so I hope soon that we can send them postcards or something. Just keep it in mind.
Oh! Bake sale! We’re gonna do it soon. Got any good ideas? Toss em my way, leave em in the comments!
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