Speak Estonian! offers a wide range of materials to help you learn Estonian. Pick up some basic phrases, expand your vocabulary, or discuss language questions in the forums.

Estonian phrases sorted into useful everyday topics.

Estonian vocabulary divided into themed lists.

Find someone to practise your Estonian with.

Ask a question about Estonian or help others learn.

Simplified verb tables for common regular and irregular Estonian verbs.

Om denne side

The aim of Speak Estonian! is to provide a high quality resource for adults who wish to learn Estonian online.

Det er en del af Speak Languages! netværk af internetsider.

Access to the site is completely free. We are currently adding sound, and soon users will also be able to hear all the phrases and vocabulary spoken by native Estonian speakers.

Hvis du har kommentarer eller forslag, eller falder over fejl, hvor små de end måtte være, kontakt os venligst — vi sætter pris på din tilbagemelding.

Old Tallinn in winter

About the Estonian language

Estonian is spoken by about 1.1 million people worldwide, around 950,000 of whom live in Estonia itself.

It is a member of the Finno-Ugric language family, being closely related to Finnish and more distantly so to Hungarian. It's not an Indo-European language such as French or Spanish, and as a result the vast majority of words in Estonian will look thoroughly unfamiliar to someone whose mother tongue is English.

Estonian is certainly not considered to be an easy language to learn for English-speakers. However, don't be put off! With a little practice, you should soon find yourself able to get by in most everyday situations.

So why learn Estonian?

You enjoy a challenge
With fourteen different cases and an utterly unrecognisable vocabulary, Estonian should test even the most capable linguist! If you've studied other European languages in the past, you may find it refreshing to learn one where you effectively have to start entirely from scratch.

It sounds beautiful
Estonian, with its exotic vowel-rich words and almost song-like intonation, is arguably one of the world's most beautiful-sounding languages.

It's rewarding
Estonians are enormously appreciative of any attempts by foreigners to speak their language, which makes practising what you've learnt a particular pleasure. Any trip or stay in Estonia will undoubtedly be enriched if you take the time to learn a little of the language before you go.

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