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English Estonian
Hello Tere päevast!
Hello Tere
Good evening Tere õhtust!
Goodbye Head aega!
See you later Kohtumiseni!
Yes Ja
No Ei
Please! 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! Palju õnne!
Congratulations! Õnnitlused!
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Here you will find all the words that your memory seems to have stored permanently. However, they will only stay there if you keep them in contact with them regularly, through conversations, reading, listening to radio programs or watching films, series or television programs. You can also consult this list from time to time and randomly test whether you remember the words offered to you. If not, you can remove the words you forgot from this list.
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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 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 pronouncing words out loud, such as numbers, is an easy exercise you can often practice and at any time throughout the day.

This practice will help you get accustomed to the sounds of your chosen language, making it more familiar.
Once your holidays have begun, whether in Tallinn, Pärnu, or elsewhere in Estonia, you will be surprised at how familiar and easy to understand it will seem. Furthermore, using a pocket dictionary is always useful, particularly during a trip. It allows you to find the translation of new words and enrich your vocabulary.

Why Speak Estonian While Traveling?

At the Heart of Innovation

Estonia, a Baltic state in Northern Europe, experienced a period of strong economic growth after gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Today, it is a member of important organizations such as the UN, NATO, and the European Union.

Estonia's economy is based on the export of wood and textile products, as well as electrical and electronic equipment and software. The country is the birthplace of significant software such as Skype, Kazaa, and VoIP. Estonia is also recognized as the first state to grant e-Residency.

Multi-Cultural Heritage

Throughout history, Estonian culture has been enriched by its neighboring countries while maintaining its own identity. Beyond a vast literature, primarily based on poetry, featuring figures like Lydia Koidula, Eduard Vilde, and Marie Under, music plays an important role in the country's education and cultural life.

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 than being able to slip in a few words in the language of your interlocutors. They will appreciate your effort and be more willing to help.

How to Succeed in Having Good Pronunciation Within a Week to a Month?

Estonian, a language of the Finno-Ugric branch, uses a Latin alphabet with 27 letters, some of which have diacritics. Its phonemes typically have three durations: short, long, or extra-long; the last two are marked by a double letter. Here are some pronunciation tips compared to other languages:

  • Ä: Pronounced as a very open A, similar to "cat" in English.
  • Ö and Ü: Pronounced /ø/ and /y/, as in German.
  • Š and Ž: Pronounced /ʃ/ and /ʒ/, like the CH and J in French.

Practical Tips for Learning Estonian

1. Start with the Basics

Begin by learning the Estonian alphabet and basic pronunciation rules. This foundation will help you read and speak Estonian more accurately.

2. Build Your Vocabulary

Focus on everyday words and phrases that you are likely to use. Flashcards and language apps can be very helpful in expanding your vocabulary.

3. Practice Speaking

Speak Estonian as much as possible. Practice with native speakers or fellow learners. Use language exchange platforms to find conversation partners.

4. Immerse Yourself

Immerse yourself in the language through Estonian media. Watch Estonian movies, listen to Estonian music, and follow Estonian news. This will help improve your listening skills and familiarize you with the cultural context.

5. Take a Language Course

Consider enrolling in a language course with a qualified teacher. Personalized instruction can accelerate your learning and help you master difficult concepts.

6. Stay Consistent

Consistency is key. Practice Estonian daily, even if only for a few minutes. Regular exposure and practice will lead to steady progress.

By following these steps and utilizing the available resources, you can start speaking and understanding Estonian in no time. Happy learning!

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Jaan  :  Great site, most of the pronunciations are correct, surprisingly (in most other sites they are not).
Shirley Forster :  Its a good start, but not flexible. Phrases are not broken into words so i cant make my own sentences. It does not tell me where i can go for the next step. Please copy duolingo system, or get duolingo to do estonian. Loecsen : ok, we will try to "copy" Duolingo... or even do better! :)
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