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Summer Esperanto Study

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Logo of SES

Summer Esperanto Study (Esperanto: Somera Esperanto-Studado, SES) is the biggest annual international event aiming to teach Esperanto.[1] It occurs every summer since 2007, lasts for a week and attracts up to 250 participants from 30 countries,[2] being aimed both at beginners and fluent speakers of the language.[3] The event is organised by E@I and usually takes places in Slovakia, with the exception of 2014 when it also occurred in Russia. It has been supported several times by the Slovak ministry of education and the local mayor.[4] In its first year, the event had a narrower focus and was called Slavic Esperanto Study (Esperanto: Slava Esperanto-Studado).


The teachers at SES 2011

The main aim of SES is to teach Esperanto and three hours are spent each morning in Esperanto classes at five different levels, ranging from CEFR level A1 to C1. During the afternoon, there are lectures, workshops and games. In the evening there are concerts and a bar; artists who have performed at SES include Kim Henriksen, JoMo[5] and La Perdita Generacio.[6] During the week, excursions to the surrounding area also occur.[2] The teachers include renown Esperantists such as Bertilo Wennergren and Stano Marček [eo].[7]


No. Year City Country Participants
15 2022 Kroměříž  Czechia Did not occur
14 2020 Internet event
13 2019 Nitra  Slovakia 197
12 2018 Liptovský Mikuláš  Slovakia 258
11 2017 Banská Štiavnica  Slovakia 173
10 2015 Martin[8]  Slovakia 190
9 2014 Koltyshevo [ru]  Russia 87
8 2014 Nitra  Slovakia 248
7 2013 Martin[1]  Slovakia 230
6 2012 Nitra  Slovakia 250
5 2011 Nitra  Slovakia 191
4 2010 Piešťany  Slovakia 190
3 2009 Modra-Harmónia  Slovakia 90
2 2008 Modra-Harmónia  Slovakia 105
1 2007 Pribylina[9]  Slovakia 50


Jorge Camacho

In 2014, SES happened twice for the first time. Both events were supported by the World Esperanto Association and the World Esperanto Youth Organization. The first and bigger event took place from July 12 to July 20 in Nitra, Slovakia and was officially supported by the Slovak minister of education, Dušan Čaplovič, the president of Nitra Region, Milan Belica, and the mayor of Nitra, Jozef Dvonč. It was attended by 248 people from 28 countries. In addition to traditional Esperanto lessons, this edition of SES included for the first time a course of Esperanto literature and culture led by writers Jorge Camacho and Nicola Ruggiero [eo].[5]

From August 17 to August 25, a second SES took place for the first time outside of Slovakia, in Koltyshevo [ru], Solnechnogorsky District, Moscow Oblast. 87 people from 10 countries attended the event that was co-organized by the Moscow Esperanto Association and the Russian Esperantist Union [eo]. In addition to Esperanto lessons, it included a translation course and a Russian language course.[10]


The tenth SES took place from August 11 to August 19 in Martin, Slovakia. It was supported by the Slovak minister of education, Juraj Draxler, the president of Žilina Region, Juraj Blanár, and the mayor of Martin, Andrej Hrnčiar.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Najväčšia medzinárodná škola esperanta bude tento rok v Martine" [The biggest summer Esperanto school will take place in Martin this year]. martin.sk (in Slovak). June 19, 2013. Retrieved October 8, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Najväčšia letná škola esperanta na svete je už v plnom prúde" [The biggest summer Esperanto school in the world is in full swing]. nitra.sme.sk (in Slovak). SME. July 7, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  3. ^ "Summer Studies in Slovakia? Super!". transparent.com. September 8, 2011. Retrieved October 8, 2015.
  4. ^ "Mesto Nitra víta esperantistov – Bonvenon al Slovakujo, amikoj !" [The city of Nitra welcomes Esperantists – Welcome to Slovakia, friends!]. TERAZ.sk (in Slovak). July 21, 2012. Archived from the original on September 7, 2014. Retrieved October 8, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "SES 2014 en Slovakio denove sukcesa" [SES 2014 in Slovakia, successful again] (PDF). Esperantisto Slovaka (in Esperanto). March 2014. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  6. ^ Baláž, Peter (2011). "Somera Esperanto-Studado 2011". Esperanto (in Esperanto) (1252 (11)): 224. ISSN 0014-0635.
  7. ^ "SES el la vidpunkto de kunorganizanto" [SES from the point of view of a co-organizer] (in Esperanto). La Balta Ondo. August 11, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Letná škola esperanta opäť v Martine. Stretnúť môžeme cudzincov z celého sveta!" [Summer Esperanto school again in Martin. Foreigners from the whole world can meet!] (in Slovak). Martin24.sk. July 14, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  9. ^ "V Pribyline bude od soboty letná škola esperanta" [The summer Esperanto school will begin on Saturday in Pribylina] (in Slovak). SME. July 20, 2007. Retrieved October 8, 2015.
  10. ^ "La unua SES ekster Slovakio" [The first SES outside of Slovakia] (in Esperanto). La Balta Ondo. August 30, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2015.

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