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|Marja||Saturday 15th of January 2005 04:02:56 AM|
|Estonian - Hi everyone,
Im currently learning Finnish and know that Estonian is quite similar so Im quite interested in learning.
Any advice on where to start?
|Jadokesa||Saturday 15th of January 2005 05:41:31 AM|
| - Tere, mekare!
This site will get you started on the basics of Estonian:
This learn Estonian site in Finnish has very good sound files, if you have RealPlayer. It helped me a lot, even though I barely know any Finnish at all. Finnish and Estonian pronunciation is a bit similar, but note the special Estonian vowel Õ.
(thanks to Helen Fleming for giving it to me :))
If you're really interested in Estonian, you may as well try to get one of these books, after learning the basics at the first link:
Good luck with Estonian! Just make sure that you don't mix up words between Estonian and Finnish, since they are, as you said, quite similar.
|Helen Fleming||Saturday 15th of January 2005 08:05:09 AM|
|Hi mekare, - I am pleased to see that Finnish has got you interested in Estonian as well. I hope that the following links will be of help to you.
[url=http://www.cusd.claremont.edu/%7Etkroll/phrase.html]Useful phrases and expressions[/url]
[url=http://www.cusd.claremont.edu/%7Etkroll/verbs.html]Pronouns and verbs[/url]
|Helen Fleming||Saturday 15th of January 2005 02:45:43 PM|
|More Finnish-Estonian links - [url=http://www.tallinna.net/sanasto.htm]Eestin kieli-perussanastoa[/url]
[url=http://www.cc.jyu.fi/~saarinen/har/eesti_keele_algkursus.html]Viron kielen alkeiskurssi[/url]
|Marja||Saturday 15th of January 2005 04:14:23 PM|
| - Wow, thanks for the feedback guys! :)
That sure gives me a lot to be getting on with :)
And like Ulven said, that Finnish - Estonian site will be helpful with identifying between the two similar languages which i so hope i don't confuse!! LOL
|mtoom||Monday 24th of January 2005 11:21:53 AM|
| - I have been using these links also.
I was pleasantly surprised by the similarities between German and Estonian as I speak the former. I recently read that the Estonian language was originally transcribed in the mid 20th century by German scholars. Hence, there are large and useful similarities in the language.
|kea||Monday 24th of January 2005 03:55:30 PM|
| - the biggest amount of loan words in Estonian come from German, that's why there really are lots of words similar to German words. I guess the pronounciation of German is also quite similar, at least it is easier for us to learn German pronounciation than English|
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