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Lez Peranto Ltd
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Mike Wright
Chris Bourne

Esperanto, if you don't know already, is a language. Not a computer language but a spoken one - intended to replace English as the world's tongue.

If the idea of learning it interests you Lez Peranto has brought out a micro training course to teach it.

It comes as three tapes - Espotext, Espogram, and Espoword - ten worksheets and an audio tape. A complete course in Esperanto.

Together with the worksheets, Expotext forms the main teaching unit on the structures and vocabulary of the language. The presentation is reminiscent of some of the early educational programs.

Espogram is designed to give practice at the grammar of Esperanto. One of fifty short sentences is displayed with two bits missing. The object is to insert the missing bit by selecting it from the twenty possibilities at the top of the page. A short explanation of the answer is given on screen. Unfortunately the first answer is wiped from view far too quickly, especially if a mistake is made.

Three ways of testing vocabulary are provided by Espoword. They are multiple choice tests of English/Esperanto and Esperanto/English by selecting one word from nine to translate the given word. The third test offers two list words and the one matching word has to be picked from both lists.

Both Epsogram and Espoword can be used simply to show the correct answer to the problems but are best used as tests.

Not a terrifically well programmed program but very interesting for all that.

If you want to know more about Esperanto this package must surely be the only way your Spectrum can be of help.

Label: Lez Peranto, 74 Devonshire Way, Shirely, Croydon
Memory: 48K/128K
Reviewer: Mike Wright


Not terrific but certainly the only way to use your micro to explore this curious linguistic blind alley.