This chapter "Welcome to the book Esper" attempts to explain the scope and purpose of this book. If you wish to dive right into learning the language, skip this part for now, but just keep in mind that this learning textbook is not meant to be an authoritative language reference. This is a community project and there is no way to guard against errors showing up from time to time in the word lists, instructional material, and so on.
In accordance with the spirit of Wikibooks policies, the originator of the Esper' language asks that his connection to the language not be mentioned in this book, but does hope to be available to help with this community project whether directly or indirectly.
Go to the Open Source Language chapter to learn more about the concept behind the Esper' language.
If you already know the Esperanto language, you should be able to understand most spoken or written Esper' with no study and very little extra effort. With a bit of practice you can easily become fluent. But what use is it to you if you already know the Esperant language? Read the chapter Esperanto to find out, and follow up with Esper for Esperanto Speakers for a quick guide to understanding the differences and similarities between the two languages, or two dialects of the same language, depending on one's point of view.
How language ingredients are mixed. A practical introduction to the Esper' language.
An introduction to the structure and components of the Esper' alphabet both spoken and written.
An introduction to the characters used in the Esper' alphabet and the Esper' names of those characters.
Spelling words and sounding words out.
The apostrophe, parentheses, tilde, and hyphen in written Esper' words.
How to use words from ANY language within the Esper' language.
Variations of the Esper' language based on or related to various factors.
The concept of word construction and inflection.
Learning should be fun. Play is one of the best teachers, and languages make wonderful toys. The Esper' language is no exception. There are plenty of opportunities for creating puns and limericks, jokes and poetry, or serious literature if you prefer. Go to the Play chapter to begin exploring the depth of this metaphorical rabbit hole.
Leaning to count as far as you want, as well as expressing fractions, quantities, ordinals, exponents, and more.
This section is being developed mainly offline, so it is recommended that suggested that direct editing of this section specifically be left to the original author, for now, so that edits are not accidentally lost. The lists in this section are intended to help people studying the Esper' language to build their vocabulary, but should also support the linguistic concepts intended to be presented in this book.
The language lists are being moved to separate pages. The index to these pages will be found at Word Lists. This is not only a good place to go for vocabulary building, but due to the structure of the word lists, it should also help you to understand the relation between various Esper words, and some of the more advanced concepts involved in fully mastering the language.
About the AuthorsEdit
That would be all of us. This book was started on WikiBooks by user DonaldKronos, but is not by any means meant to be a one person project. The Esper' language is an "open source language for human communication" and is always under ongoing development by the open source community and by anyone who uses the language.