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Learn estonian - Essentials
Learn estonian - Essentials

English Estonian
Hello Tere
Good evening Tere õhtust!
Goodbye Head aega!
See you later Kohtumiseni!
Yes Ja
No Ei
Excuse me! Vabandage!
Thanks Tänan
Thanks a lot Tänan väga
Thank you for your help Tänan teid abi eest!
Don't mention it Pole tänu väärt!
Ok Nõus
How much is it? Palju see maksab?
Sorry! Vabandust!
I don't understand Ma ei saa aru
I get it Ma sain aru
I don't know Ma ei tea
Forbidden Keelatud!
Excuse me, where are the toilets? Kus on tualett, palun?
Happy New Year! Head uut aastat!
Happy birthday! Palju õnne sünnipäevaks!
Happy holiday! Häid pühi!
Congratulations! Õnnitlused!

How to learn Estonian by yourself? Start with an easy and free online course!

We have adopted an objective and efficient approach to learn how to speak a language easily and quickly: we suggest you to start by memorizing words, phrases and practical expressions that you can use in everyday life and that will be useful when traveling.
Getting used to pronounce words out loud, numbers for exemple, is an easy exercise that you can practice often and at anytime throughout the day. And it will help you to get used to the sounds of your chosen language and thus make it more familiar.
And once your holidays have begun, in Tallinn, in Pärnu or elsewhere in Estonia, you will be surprised how familiar and easy to understand it will seem.
Furthermore, using a pocket dictionary is always useful, particularly during a trip. It enables you to find the translation of new words and enrich your vocabulary.

Why speak Estonian while traveling?

At the heart of innovation 

A Baltic state of Northern Europe, Estonia experienced a period of strong economic growth after its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, and today is a member of important organizations such as the UN, NATO and the European Union.  Having an economy based as firmly on the export of wood and textile products as on electrical and electronic equipment and software, the country is the birthplace of important software such as Skype, Kazaa and VoIP. Estonia is also recognized as the first state to grant e-Residency.


Throughout history, Estonian culture has been enriched by that of its neighboring countries, without losing its own identity. 
Beyond a vast literature - based mainly on poetry - which includes figures such as Lydia Koidula, Eduard Vilde and Marie Under, music plays an important role in education and the cultural life of the country. 

Make a success of your stay in Estonia

Whether you are going to spend a few days with friends for a leisure trip or if you are on a business trip, nothing will be more useful to you than to be able to slip a few words in the language of your interlocutors, who will appreciate your effort and will be certainly more willing to help.

How to succeed in having good pronunciation within a week to a month?

A language of the Finno-Ugric branch, Estonian has a Latin alphabet with 27 letters, some of which are diacritic. Its phonemes usually have three durations: short, long, or extra-long; the last two are marked by a double letter. Here are some examples of pronunciation compared to other languages.
The ä: pronounced A very open as in CAT in English. 
The ö and ü: pronounced /ø/ and /y/, as in German.
The š and ž: are pronounced /ʃ/ and /ʒ/, like the CH and J in French.
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