Want To Learn Estonian?
Estonia is one of the Baltic countries that make up the Northeast area of Europe. While the cuisine, music and cinema of the country are highly underrated, one thing that does make it stand out is the historic old town of its capital Tallinn, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. So what is it like to learn Estonian?
The Estonian language is spoken by around 1 million people worldwide, with most being in the country itself. It is a Uralic family language, placing it alongside Finnish. It uses the Latin alphabet though adapted for the needs of Estonian.
In terms of grammar, one stand out feature of Estonian and other Uralic languages is the occurrence of consonant gradation, where they are assigned grades that affect pronunciation. There is an extensive case system in place, not uncommon for languages in the region. Adjectives use inflectional endings, as well as nouns based on aspects such as mood, number and more. The basic word order of Estonian is SVO.
Whatever your reason is for learning Estonian, you will find a somewhat challenging yet fascinating language that offers unique elements not seen elsewhere. Perhaps it will help you to discover the cuisine and art that are the foundation of the Estonian way of life.