Lesson Three (Leciono Tri): Greetings

It is useful when learning a language to develop a knowledge of typical conversational speech. Like the rest of the language, this is not difficult in Esperanto.

Saluton! Mia nomo estas Lev Lafayette.

"Saluton" is simply "Hi", or "Salutations". Alternatives could include "Bonan Matenon!" (Good Morning!), "Bonan Vesperon!" (Good Evening!), "Bonvenon!" (Welcome!).

"Mia nomo estas" is simply "My name is". Variations could include "Mia persona nomo estas... " (My personal name is..), "Mia familia nomo estas" (My family name is ..). All a response to "Kio estas via nomo?" (What is your name?).

Cxu vi parolas Anglan/Esperanton?, Lomete

"Do you speak (English/Esperanto)?" "A little."

Always a good idea to emphasise what you don't know!

Kiel vi fartas?, Bone, Dankon!, Kaj vi?, Kio nova?, Nenio

"How are you?" "I'm fine, thanks!", "And you?", "What's new?", "Not much"

Ne dankinde

"You're welcome!" (Used for "thank you")

Mi logxas en Melburno, Auxstralio

"I live in Melbourne Australia". A response to the question "Kie vi logxas?" (Where you live?). Can be elaborated to; "Mia adreso estas: 169 Wiltshire Drive, Kew" (My address is: 169 Wiltshire Drive, Kew. Note that is traditional in Esperanto to give addresses in the language of the location - otherwise how would people find it?)

Once a degree of friendliness has been established.

Mi estas kvardek kvin jaroj

"I am forty-five years (old)".

Mia retposxt-adreso estas: lev@NOSPAM.levlafayette.com.

"Retposxt-adreso" is email address.

Gxis poste! or Gxis revido!

"See you later!" or "Good bye!"