Worldwide, there are millions of people who speak English, but only one million speak Estonian. The language is part of the Finno-Ugric group, and is related to Finnish and Hungarian.
Estonian is certainly not considered an easy language to learn for English speakers. However, do not be despair. With a little practice, you will soon find yourself able to get by in most everyday situations.
Why Learn Estonian?
There are several options why you want to learn Estonians. Therefore;
You will enjoy the challenge of learning Estonian- because with fourteen different cases and unrecognizable vocabulary, Estonian should test even the most capable linguist. If you have studied other European languages in the past, you may find it refreshing to learn one of those.
It sounds beautiful- Estonian, with its rich exotic vocal words and nearly edge-on, such as intonation, is without a doubt one of the world’s most beautiful-sounding language.
It is Gratifying- The Estonians are enormously grateful for any attempt by foreigners who speak their language, which makes the practice of what you’ve learned a particular pleasure. Any trip or stay in Estonia, no doubt, will be enriched if you take the time to learn a little of the language before you go.
Advantages of Learning Estonian
To speak Estonian with confidence.
Interact more confidently when visiting Estonia or deal with Estonian citizens.
Making friends in the Estonian-speaking culture.
You will learn the true language of Estonian used by ordinary native speakers.
Getting used to the way native speakers speak in real conversations in Estonia.
Build rapport and strengthen relationships with contacts in Estonia through a sample of interest in the Estonian language and culture.
Some of the Estonian Basic Words
However if you are visiting Estonia, you should learn something from this fascinating language, and it is perfectly possible to learn some common phrases without too much difficulty.
Hi! – Tere!
Hello – Tervist
Yes – jah
No – ei
Thank you – tänan
Excuse me – vabanda
Good morning – Tere hommikust
Good evening – Tere õhtust
Good night – Head ööd
Goodbye – Head aega
how are you doing? – kuidas sul läheb?
how are you? – kuidas sa elad?
I’m fine, thanks – tänan, hästi
what’s your name? – Mis on teie nimi?
If you have a powerful motivation to learn Estonian. You will enjoy studying and practicing it, and considering of it you will enjoy learning new words. When you hear or read a new word you focus on it, and it’s meaning, and it comes into your memory permanently.