Learn Estonian

Learn Estonian

First contact Essentials

With the "First Contact" course, you will be able to use the important words and phrases of a language in less than 2 months.

This 17-part course is free.

This course has two objectives: to give you the ability to communicate in very simple situations and to prove to you that you are capable of learning a new language.

We have developed an extremely effective approach to facilitate the memorization of content: loop training combined with a spaced memory algorithm.

If you follow our plan, you can learn the basics of any language in just a few weeks.

Each lesson is divided into three steps:

  1. Exploring the content and practicing pronunciation.
  2. Listening to the content on your own to get a feel for it.
  3. Active memorization by taking tests that allow you to progress while evaluating your knowledge.

In the "Help" section you will find all the details to make the best use of our method.

Your feedback
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!
Vocabulaire mémorisé
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.
Improve your pronunciation

Download the sounds and print the lists

All the vocabulary of this theme

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 instance, is an easy exercise that you can practice often and at anytime throughout the day.
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.

Alphabet > Estonian

Alphabet : Estonian

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Your comments are welcome!

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! :)
Rex :  I am an Australian and travel to Estonia; I will be going back this year.
Great program  :  I am planning another trip to Estonia and have found this program to be great. I just started it
Jason :  The website seems promising I am learning this for my girlfriend since we're going to see her reletives in about 6 months and it'd be nice to actually have a conversation with them for once, so thank you guys/girls for making this website :)
Alex :  Great site, very helpful!
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