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[http://laxmahispajispaji.blogspot.com/|laxma'aspajispaji, the bilingual Lojban/English blog], can be helpful for learning both how various English idioms may be translated into Lojban, and how to use a wide range of Lojban cmavo (mainly in a narrative tone)
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There are various ways of learning Lojban unique to the individual learning it, but to help you get started here are some suggestions.  There are also [Non-English Lojban Materials|learning materials available in non-English languages].

!Get started with a book
To get started, you will need to begin reading one or more of the Lojban [Books], such as the freely available online  introductory ((What is Lojban?, The Book|What is Lojban?)), the learning text [http://www.tlg.uci.edu/~opoudjis/lojbanbrochure/lessons/book1.html|''Lojban for Beginners (aka L4B)''] (((Lessons Errata|L4B Errata))), and the reference book ((The Complete Lojban Language)). These books will teach you about how to read and use Lojban; what the different types of words and grammatical constructs do, how to use them and interpret them; how to express yourself Lojbanically. They will not, however, teach you vocabulary, style, spoken flow, nor other aspects involved in really learning about and using a human language.

__IMPORTANT NOTE:__  Since the publication of most of the books, there has been a change to lojban semantics know as [How+to+use+xorlo|xorlo].  It's not difficult, but it's important.  Please keep it in mind while you read them.

!Get started following a class
As it happens, this fall 2011 semester contains the first ((Lojban Class at Rice University)). Following that page will give you resources associated with the class.
__ALSO!__ Any even partially experienced Lojbanists willing to help / refresh should follow the class and notify [mailto:jandew%2Blojban@gmail.com?subject=Lojban Course at Rice University|Joe Anderson] (IRC:djandus) of any issues. There is also a thread with the same title on the mailing list.

!Quick reference
A separate page has been set to collect [http://www.lojban.org/tiki/jbo_cheat_sheet|cheat sheets] to be used as quick reference and as an aid for memorization.

!Try out new  interactive learning tools
New online tools for self-directed learning are constantly being developed.  One such tool is the language fluency game [http://whereareyourkeys.org/|"Where are your Keys?"].   For Lojban, go to website [http://lodockikumazvati.org/|"lo do ckiku ma zvati"]. Another tool is [https://wave.google.com/wave/waveref/googlewave.com/w+iDtofbn8C|Lojban Google Wave] (works only with the Chrome browser).   

!Choose a source of vocabulary
The Lojban books and games teach you how to use Lojban, but they don't help you learn the whole vocabulary. For that you will need [Word Lists], and flashcard sets from a site such as [http://smart.fm|smart.fm], which is probably the most popular online flashcard site with Lojbanists.  Other options include [http://ankisrs.net/|Anki] (downloadable; Lojban decks are downloadable within the program), [http://quizlet.com/|Quizlet] (it's online; register and join the lojban group; downloadable from Quizard on iPod/iPhone and from Kaka Flashcards on Android devices), [jMemorize instructions|jMemorize] (downloadable) or [http://www.lojban.org/files/software/logflash.zip|Logflash] (if you are more technically inclined and like MS-DOS). Also, take a look at the [http://jbovlaste.lojban.org|jbovlaste dictionary]. You will need to have read a little, from one of the learning texts, about Lojban to know what kind of words you need to learn.

A set of [Pronunciation|pronunciation guides] are available to help you speak Lojban.

!Read lojban texts
Try reading a progression of proofread (proofed by at least one lojbanist in addition to the author) lojban [Texts In Lojban|texts], starting with short-and-easy through to long-and-difficult.  For example, read [la teris. po'u lo tirxu cu vitke zi'o le barda tcadu|Terry the Tiger] (you can listen to this one too!), then one of the Berenstain Bears books, for example  [The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin], then [Le Petit Prince|The Little Prince]. For conversational text, try [Everyday Lojban B01|Everyday Lojban], [phrasebook|Phrasebook] and [http://www.digitalkingdom.org/lojban/phrasebook/sampu.html|Some Simple Phrases].

!Connect with the community
The two most active points of communication for the [The Lojbanic Community|Lojban community] are the [Lojbanic Forums|Lojban forums] and the [Lojban IRC] chat room. Depending on your preferences, anyone of these will meet your needs. For those unfamiliar with mailing lists, there is a [http://www.lojban.org/tiki/forum5|web forum interface] to it, which some prefer. 

A good idea is to familiarise yourself with common expressions such as [Greetings|Lojban greetings] to get you started in chatting Lojban with other Lojbanists. The Lojban [IRC cheat sheet] provides some useful fundamental vocabulary.

!What's next?
Continue memorizing the vocabulary and using Lojban as much as you can! Chatting with the community can help you with this. Writing a personal diary or performing translations, are other possibilities. Lojban means different things to different people; for some it is a linguistic curiousity -- a test-bed for language experimentation; for others a way to expand their mind or discipline their thought; the desire for precise expression; a new way to look at languages; a fun way to meet and communicate with friends; entertainment; a challenge; art; software application; the list goes on! What will Lojban mean for you?

Once you know what words you want to learn, you could try [Software assisted learning|additional memorization software] to vastly improve your vocabulary. Chatting regularly on the [Lojban IRC] channel is another way of using your vocabulary in real time. Some start [http://community.livejournal.com/lojban/|blogs or diaries], others translate music.

[http://laxmahispajispaji.blogspot.com/|laxma'aspajispaji, the bilingual Lojban/English blog], can be helpful for learning both how various English idioms may be translated into Lojban, and how to use a wide range of Lojban cmavo (mainly in a narrative tone)

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