12Sentences.com is inspired by Tim Ferriss' grammar 'deconstruction' method from ‘The 4 Hour Chef' - his book on accelerated learning.


Tim's method includes having a native speaker translate sentences like 'I give John the apple' - to help decode the building blocks of a language.

Some kind language speakers have added their translations and recordings to this project. To suggest which languages to add next - vote in the poll.


Tim's method includes having a native speaker translate sentences like 'I give John the apple' - to help decode the building blocks of a language.

Some kind language speakers have added their translations and recordings to this project. To suggest which languages to add next - vote in the poll.

Tim Ferriss' 12 Sentences to deconstruct 🌍 Esperanto grammar

Translations and audio by Angel - a Native French speaker and teacher of Esperanto since 2011. He is from Dijon, France and currently lives in Vienna, Austria.

1. The apple is red. La pomo estas ruĝa.
2. It is John’s apple. Estas la pomo de Johano.
3. I give John the apple. Mi donas la pomon al Johano.
4. We give him the apple. Ni donas la pomon al li.

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5. He gives it to John. Li donas ĝin al Johano.
6. She gives it to him. Ŝi donas ĝin al li.
7. Is the apple red? Ĉu la pomo estas ruĝa?
8. The apples are red. La pomoj estas ruĝaj.
9. I must give it to him. Mi devas doni ĝin al li.
10. I want to give it to her. Mi volas doni ĝin al ŝi.
11. I'm going to know tomorrow. Mi scios morgaŭ.
12. I can't eat the apple. Mi ne povas manĝi la pomon.
I have eaten the apple. Mi manĝis la pomon.

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