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MarjaSaturday 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?
JadokesaSaturday 15th of January 2005 05:41:31 AM
- Tere, mekare!

This site will get you started on the basics of Estonian:
http://www.cusd.claremont.edu/~tkroll/eesti.html

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.
http://www.yle.fi/opinportti/kieliportti/naelkummi/aantaminen/index.html
(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:
http://www.eki.ee/keel/et999.html

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.

/Jadouka
Helen FlemingSaturday 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/~tkroll/EastEur/est-pron.html]Estonian pronunciation[/url]
[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]
[url=http://www.cusd.claremont.edu/%7Etkroll/verblist.html]Estonian verbs[/url]

Jõudu!

Helen FlemingSaturday 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]

MarjaSaturday 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
mtoomMonday 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.
keaMonday 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