Estonian: A difficult language to learn
10 facts about the Estonian language
Origin of the language
Estonian originated in Estonia.
History of the language
It is thought that Estonian originated during the 13th century.
Learning the language
For an English speaker, 1100 hours are necessary to learn Estonian.
Estonian for beginners
Ten essential words to start learning in Estonian:
There are moments in the life of nations, just like those of an individual, that suddenly change their whole nature.
Author and novelist
If geography is prose, maps are iconography.
Writer and Politician
Silence is the pause in me when I am near to God.
Fun facts about the Estonian language
Greater range than Latin
The Estonian language has a more extensive range of tones than Latin.
Spoken language in Russia
The Estonian language is spoken in many parts of Russia.
The Estonian language belongs to the Uralic language family, which is a grouping of Finno-Ugric languages.
There are eight dialects and 117 sub-dialects in Estonian. The dialect borders became more significant as Estonia's population grew due to the agreements.
The Estonian language allows for any number of synthetics to be used in a phrase. A phrase in Estonian can include an infinite number of compounds.
Difficult for English speakers
For English speakers, Estonian is one of the most challenging languages to learn.
Impact of German language
The German language has had a significant impact on the Estonian language.
Estonian is the fifth most difficult language to learn in the world while Finnish is the sixth most difficult. As a result, the speakers of both languages have an easier time learning the other language.
Several Estonians are multilingual, and they are generally considered to be some of the best English speakers in Europe.