October 5-9, 2015

Join us for an intensive 4-day Esperanto course ahead of the Aŭtuna Renkontiĝo de Esperanto. If you have been studying Esperanto on your own and need a crash course in how to actually SPEAK it, this course is for you.

Amazing environment


This gorgeous chalet in Quakertown, PA, will be our base, where our small group will eat, sleep and study. There are no classrooms! The entire course is based on LIVING Esperanto, where grammar exercises seamlessly flow into other activities, such as discussions, songs, readings, walks in the woods and excursions to some of the historic sights in Quakertown. We will use Esperanto all day every day, so that you get more than 40 hours of Esperanto instruction during this short stay. See my report of a similar course for French. We are aiming to have 8 students, i. e. 4 per teacher, in order to provide optimal support for everyone.

Who are the teachers?

Chuck Smith and Judith Meyer are very experienced Esperanto speakers and teachers. Among other things, we have been working on the Duolingo Esperanto course and Chuck founded the Wikipedia in Esperanto.

Do I have the right level?

If you have been studying the free Esperanto course at Duolingo.com and you made it beyond the 2nd checkpoint (or can get there by October), you have the right level. If you studied using a different course, you can go to the Duolingo Esperanto course and do the placement test in order to check your level, or you can write us.

If you already finished the course but cannot yet have fluent conversations in Esperanto, you are also welcome. We will focus on turning all that passive knowledge into practical language fluency.


In the evening of October 5, we will have an informal icebreaker evening as everyone is arriving. The main course will start at breakfast on October 6th – if you cannot arrive on October 5, arriving for breakfast on October 6th is okay.

chalet_backMeals are an integral part of the course, as we will practice Esperanto during them. Don’t miss them! We will mainly eat at the chalet, where a cook will prepare Pennsylvania German (Amish) specialties for us. If the weather allows, we may eat outside on the patio or go for a picnic sometime. We will also visit the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center and learn about the history of Quakertown – all in Esperanto of course.

On October 9, the last day, the course will go until 6pm. After that, you can share a ride to either the Polyglot Conference in NYC or the Aŭtuna Renkontiĝo de Esperanto in Silver Bay, NY.

Conditions & Price

How much might you expect to pay for a vacation from October 5-9 in Quakertown? Maybe $450 for the hotel for the duration and $150 for meals, so $600 total. Compared to that, we only charge an additional $350 to cover drinks, snacks, teaching materials and 40+ hours of teaching – that is less than $9 per hour!

Our offer is:

$950 for All Inclusive: accommodation in your own room at the chalet, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks, teaching materials and lessons.  ($250 discount on your spouse’s or friend’s registration if they will share a room with you)

$800 for everything excluding the bed: this includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks, teaching materials and lessons. Part of this is a contribution to the cost of renting the venue, as rent is the same no matter how many students are staying there.

chalet_bedroom1The chalet is a large family home and rooms are outfitted like guest rooms at a family home. If you prefer to get more luxurious accommodation at a hotel or if you live nearby, you can take the $800 option and drive to the course every morning.

Payment modalities are generous: $80 upon registration in order to reserve your spot, the rest is payable until December 31st, 2015.


In order to apply, please write to judith@learnlangs.com and include:

  • full name and address (for invoice purposes)
  • cell phone number
  • why you are learning Esperanto
  • how long you have been learning it
  • what you most need to improve
  • whether you’ll stay at the chalet or elsewhere
  • any food allergies – our cook will try to accommodate them, though with only 8 students we cannot offer a variety of dishes at every meal

We hope to see you at the course!

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