Monthly Archives: Saturday November 22nd, 2014

A beautiful song in Esperanto: La Nuboj (The Clouds)

By Jhomart and Natasha

Here is a literal translation of the lyrics:
(See the lyrics as sung, in Esperanto)

On this earth grasses murmur
In the sky the clouds gather
I am a tiny cloud, too
Me too… (x 3)
And I don’t strive anywhere

I no longer need anything
Just to see my family again
Just to ask God
To see you (x 3)
Just to kiss you goodbye

And pain is not in vain
On the earth cannons roar
White clouds in the blue
My life (x 3)
Stopped so soon

I fly over rooftops
Far from home the wind carries
Mum! In silence
Listen to me
At least for a moment

White clouds over the earth
Blameless and free
And continuously in the air
We fly (x 3)
Innumerable and eternal


Typing Esperanto characters in Mac OS X

In recent versions of OS X (at least since 10.5), you can type the accented letters of Esperanto very easily, without downloading anything or using a website, as long as the language of your system is English.

To prepare your computer (required only once):

1. Open “System Preferences…” from the Apple menu.
2. Click on “Language & Text”, or “International” (depending on your version of OS X).
3. Click the tab “Input Sources”, or “Input menu”. You will see a long list of languages ​​(keyboard layouts, in fact). If you live in Australia, chances are “Australian” is already selected.
4. Scroll down to “U.S. Extended” and select it.
5. Scroll up again and deselect “Australian” (or whichever keyboard layout was selected before)*.
6. Close the window.

Language & Text dialog box

Then, to type the accented letters, do the following:
For ĉ, ĝ, ĥ, ĵ or ŝ, press option-6, and then c, g, h, j or s. (This also works for the capital letters.)
For ŭ: press option-B, and then u. (This also works for Ŭ.)

(The reason for “option-6” is not surprising, because above “6” on the keyboard is “^”. “B” is obviously from the word “breve”, which is what the ˘ symbol is called.)

* You can keep your original keyboard layout selected if you like; but if you do, you will need to switch between that and “U.S. Extended” as needed, by typing -space.