Trainees will take a look at a big white paper with three different, imperfect black stains. Everyone will then tell, what they see (supposedly the answers will be based on the stains).
Explanation: the stains represent the bad things in the world. If there wouldn’t be much more good things (the white space), the bad things wouldn’t be visible.
Goal: we shouldn’t talk about and concentrate on mistakes. We should show the white space – how to learn.

  • Entertaining – learning should be entertaining, I should choose a suitable, entertaining and interesting topic for myself, my brain has to percept learning as entertainment, I should choose an entertaining method for myself.
  • Intense – I will have to plan a lot of time for learning (months, yeards), I have to learn whenever it is possible – by writing, listening, reading...
  • Often – 15 minutes per day is more than 4 hours at once per week, because if I don’t learn every day, I will quickly forget what I have learnt.
  • According to the plan – every day I’ll learn what I planned and I won’t do other things before accomplishing that
  • SequentiallySequentially – the best is to follow what children do at school: listen – see – write – that’s how they learn before they master their native language
  • THERE IS NO IDEAL METHOD! – but it is possible to learn in ideal conditions: not hungry, not thirsty, not sleepy, not ill, not stressed, having enough time, light, warmth, etc.
  • In a context – by translating songs (that was I listen – like – see – write), by reading texts, learning sentences, etc.
  • By using analogies – by using words, sentences, situations we already know

Discussion about ideal conditions and methods for oneself. Comparing learning Esperanto with learning national languages.

Exercise: prepare in three groups (according to the types listener / writer / practical) the teaching of ten verbs for beginners in a participatory course.


A volunteer will resume the gist of the lession.