name = "lernu!"
url = http://www.lernu.net/
commercial = No
launch date =
current status = Active
"lernu!" is a
multilingual, Web-based free-of-charge project for promoting and teaching Esperanto. Its name is Esperanto for the command "learn". The site is run by E@I, an international youth organization, which started as a working group of the World Esperanto Youth Organisation.
The site's content includes various tools for learning Esperanto, such as exercises, games, dictionaries, grammatical overviews, an examination system and a multimedia library with books, music, voice-narrated stories and videos. There are also communication services such as an instant messenger, discussion fora on various topics, and news about Esperanto events. Esperantists and Esperanto organizations can advertise their activities and services on the website.
Statistics show the website being visited nearly 75 thousand times per month. [ [http://www.alexa.com/data/details/traffic_details/lernu.net?site0=lernu.net&y=r&z=3&h=400&w=700&range=6m&size=Large lernu.net - Traffic Details from Alexa ] ] Most of the visitors come from
Europe, South-East Asiaand both Americas. [ [http://en.lernu.net/komunikado/uzantoj/mapo.php lernu!: Communication / Users / Map ] ]
The "lernu!" project was first proposed at the first Esperanto@Interreto (now
E@I) seminar in Stockholm, Swedenin April 2000, and was developed in October 2001 at the second seminar of E@I also in Sweden (in Uppsala). In July 2002 the project received monetary support from the American Esperantic Studies Foundation(ESF), and work on the website started in August of the same year. It was publicly launched on 21 December 2002 and from then on has been supervised and developed by E@I with the ESF support and the help from many individual supporters and assistants:
During four years of the project development a great number of people contributed to it. The ‘core team’ (which changed partially throughout the years) was responsible for the overall supervision and development of "lernu!". It was assisted by several designers and programmers. Dozens of translators used a specially made online translation system to make the website available in more than 20 languages. A large number of language tutors and course assistance provide learning aid to the users of the website, checking and commenting their exercises, and corresponding with them in their native language. New courses and other resources are continuously added.
The content of the "lernu!" Web site has been released on CD several times, with additional material such as music, software, and other courses not published on the website itself.
The project has passed through several stages of evolution, and is currently in its sixth version. In Spring
2006the site was radically updated, receiving a new design and a number of new features; this latest online version has not yet been published on disk, however.
Esperantic Studies Foundation
* [http://en.lernu.net/ "lernu!"]
* [http://www.ikso.net/ Official "E@I" website]
* [http://esperantic.org/ Esperantic Studies Foundation official website]
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