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[Feb. 15th, 2007|11:58 pm]
English-speakers learning Estonian


Tere! Kuidas laheb?

Hi everyone, my name is Laura and I joined this comm as I wanted to improve on my somewhat lapsed knowledge of Estonian. I used to live in Tallinn and studied at the Eesti Muusika ja Teatriakadeemia Lavakunstikool (http://www.lavakas.ee/) thanks to my fabby university having an exchange scheme with them. We were taught Eesti keelt whilst we were there but alas, time has passed and my memery is hazy. I was wondering if anyone could recomend some good books. I know the one we used whilst over there was American and bought by mostly ex-pats who emigrated to the States during the Soviet rule, but for the life of me I can't remember the name. Would appreciate some help. Any recomendations would be fabby, especially those that can be bought in the UK.

Tanan ja head ood!

P.S. apologies for the lack of dots above the letters, my keyboard is missing them and cannot find the symbol thingy anywhere on my mum's PC.

[User Picture]From: tyrnuffel
2007-03-04 09:21 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm not a part of this community, as I was just surfing, but hey, I can still welcome you... so WELCOME! :)
It's lovely that you've been to Estonia, did you enjoy it?
As for the books... well, what kind of books are you looking for? If your knowlege in Estonian is so lapsed, I'd probably recommend children's books, as most of the classics are so hard, even us Estonians can't understand them completely, cos so many old estonian words are used that are not popular in the modern language... so you can't even look them up... well, perhaps from ÕS *shrugs*
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[User Picture]From: happy_daiz
2007-03-04 10:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks v much for the post.

I adored living in Tallinn, it's such a beautiful city, and the people are fantastic. I even managed to persuade my mum to go on holiday there about a year ago and she loved it too. I think I might even be able to get her to go back. Would love to do a tour of the Baltics, Tallinn, Vilnius and Riga. I had the opportunity to go to Riga when I lived in Tallinn and passed on it, I wish I'd gone when I had the chance.

When we studied Estonian we did read some Winnie The Pooh, which was fantastic, but I think I need to brush up on my language skills before I try reaidng proper books. I thought my Estonian was still okay but I had problems when I went back. I had the following conversation with a waiter.

Me: Tere.

Waiter: Tere.

Me: Kas teie raagite Inglese keelt?

Water: Ei.

Me: Errrrrr.... vein palun?

It didn't go so well, but fortunately he spoke pretty good english and was only being modest.

My main trouble is with the cases and how to end words properly. I just wish I could find a language book that would be easy to understand. I just don't know what to start with. Most of the ones I find are for colloquial Esotnian, but I'm assuming that would just teach you stock phrases. I want to know more about how grammar is formed as opposed to learning sentences I can rattle off wihout actually understanding how they work.

As for understandong old Estonian, we had to learn a song called 'Lahme Hellad', which is apparently full of old Estonian. do you know it? Apparently all it says is "Let's go" even though it was full of different words. Madness.
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[User Picture]From: tyrnuffel
2007-03-05 05:16 am (UTC)
Haha, well I guess Estonians are modest usually... everybody under 25 knows at least SOME English :)

I really am glad you liked it here! My personal opinnion is that we've gone to the gutters... but I guess that's the thing you get when you live in one place for a long time - you get to see all the bad sides as well as the good ones...

Lihtsalt huvi pärast, ma tahaks teada, kui ma kirjutan eesti keeles, siis kui palju sa aru saad? Eesti keel on selles mõttes lihtne, et sa kirjutad sõnu sama moodi kuihääldad, välja arvatus kaks erandit süüa ja müüa ;)

I know what you mean my the cases... I swear if it wasn't my native language, I'd never bother :D
Basically you have to rely on yourself a lot...
Nimetav - Ema, Koer
Omastav - Ema, Koera
Osastav - Ema, Koera
Sisseütlev - Emasse, Koera
Seesütlev - Emas, Koeras
Seestütlsev - Emast, Koerast
So if you look at the words, as an example, Omastav case form, you see that what you do, is you add an a. But the word 'Ema' already wnds with an a, so it'd make no sence to say emaa :) Stuff like that.
I'm not sure if you could find a good grammar book where you live... they probably sell them here though. I haven't really looked into it... never needed one,y'know.

Never heard of 'Lähme Hellad', but it sounds about right, crazy old Estonian people :D
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From: tolgoose
2007-03-23 05:04 pm (UTC)



My wife is Estonian, all her friends are. Its amazing how many Estonians
live in Toronto.
Anyhow, I needed to learn the language, decided to put up a site with text
and mp3 audio.
She is the one saying the Estonian words, I'm learning as I design the site

Let us know if there is anything you would like to see there.

Lots of links, newspapers, online radio etc..

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From: tolgoose
2007-03-23 05:06 pm (UTC)

Re: www.learningestonian.com

Ma olen tolgoose jah sul sulli


I'm a smuck and a crook (bad spelling) It's get the old Estonian laughing
when you introduce yourself as a tolgoose
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