Archive for Author Jonathan Cooper

Free Language Festival in Erina (Central Coast)

30 November 2017

The Language Festival Association is hosting a free language festival on Saturday, 3 December, at Erina Fair.

greg-cooperThe purpose of this language festival is to promote awareness of language diversity, by providing “tasters” of multiple languages and cultures in a fun environment.

A highlight will be a fascinating presentation by Australian linguist, Dr Gregory Cooper. In the early 1980s Dr Cooper travelled to remote north-western Pakistan to study an as-yet unwritten language. Just by interacting directly with the native speakers, he was able to learn the language (Kalashamondr), create a system of writing for it and teach it to the Kalasha people, who are now recording and publishing their own stories and songs.

Also presented will be Esperanto, the world’s most successful international language. Apart from its role in neutral and equitable communication, Esperanto can also be useful as a “springboard language”: Because its simple rules have virtually no exceptions, and because its grammatical structure is always clear, starting with Esperanto can give one the confidence and solid grounding that are so important in language learning.

Some other languages to be presented at the festival include: Korean, Japanese, Farsi, German, French, Dutch, Lithuanian and Hindi.

The festival will be held at the Erina Centre, Erina Fair, from 12 noon to 5.30 pm.

For more information, visit languagefestival.org/cc.

Image: Dr Gregory Cooper, linguist

Zamenhof Day at Esperanto House

Iom da vizitintoj al Zamenhof-Tago. Foto: Ago Feitosa

Some of the visitors to Zamenhof Day. Photo: Ago Feitosa

13 December 2015

Chris Holliss reports:

Thirty people came to the very successful celebration. It was wonderful to meet long-time friends. We chatted about the past year, even past years. We also enjoyed delicious food. This was evident by the empty plates strewn about the tables afterwards. Two special cakes were saved from the hungry hoard: gifts for Eunice Graham (for her birthday) and Margaret Chaldecott (for her many, many years of secretarial work for the Esperanto Federation of NSW).

The good atmosphere continued with three interesting talks:

Richard Delamore showed a video about his studio and collaborators. He explained the production and publishing on YouTube of videos, which he creates.

Daniel Kane spoke about the first Esperanto museum in China, which is situated in a tiny village far from anywhere, in fact in “the middle of nowhere”, but its exhibition has many different items. Daniel said that it was a delightful surprise to discover the museum.

After a break to take photos, Rainer Kurz showed us a video of his interview with Reinhard Selten, who was awarded a Nobel Prize for game theory. That video is now available via Amazon.com.

Lyudmila Kelloway crowned the program. She and her musicians, with their beautiful songs and costumes, transformed Esperanto House into a concert hall.

An excellent Zamenhof Day! As Eunice said, “Ĉiuj feliĉas kuniĝi (Everyone is happy to meet).” I agree.