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Estonian course for beginners

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Learn Estonian online

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Are you wondering if you should learn Estonian? Doubting that it is too hard? No need to worry! coLanguage has created a clear and straightforward course to help you learn Estonian online!



The Estonian language

Estonian is the official language of Estonia, spoken by about 1.1 million people. It belongs to the Finno-Ugric family of languages and is distantly related to Hungarian and to the Sami languages. 

Estonian nouns and adjectives decline in 14 cases so we understand that it can be tricky and we do not expect foreigners to have any knowledge of it. But the fact that it is difficult for foreigners to learn makes us value our language highly. So knowing even a few words in this exceptional and mysterious language will definitely impress any Estonian!

Mix of vocabulary and exercises 

Each lesson starts with vocabulary and is followed by multiple interactive exercises.

We have chosen many interesting topics and you have a chance to improve your skills in all of them. 

  • Listening skills with the audio examples to hear the Estonian pronunciation
  • Reading skills with vocabulary, texts and reading exercises
  • Writing skills with different writing exercises
  • Speaking skills with audio recordings and Skype lessons

This course is both fun and engaging and helps you become a master of Estonian before you even know it!

Estonian course for foreigners

This online course is suitable for everyone who is interested in learning Estonian. Doesn't matter if you are a student or a worker, young or old, from Europe or the other side of the world as long as you are an English speaker. The course content is structured according to the distance learning audience and you don't need to purchase any expensive books. You will learn how to communicate as a tourist and in everyday life.

Additional Skype lessons to train your skills and to stay motivated

This self study course is a great start on your journey to learn Estonian. But don't miss your chance to learn Estonian with a native speaker! You can train your communication skills, practice dialogues or ask anything that you didn't understand or still want to learn. We strongly advise you to combine this course with Skype lessons from one of our native Estonian teachers!



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Hands down one of the best teachers I've had the pleasure of working with. Very knowledgeable in all aspects of Bulgarian (grammar rules, expressions, ...) but also in both English and French, which helps whenever you have a more in-depth question on the how or why something is the way it is in Bulgarian. Furthermore he has his own material and always comes prepared, but he is equally open to changing the subject of a lesson to suit your needs. He is patient, positive and not too scholarly, which is what you need as an adult learning day- to- day Bulgarian.I have been working with him for 18 months now and still look forward to our lessons every week.
An's Bulgarian has tremendously improved since she gave it go a year and a half ago. Of course, It goes without saying that I am pleased to work with such an enthusiastic learner who is living proof that, through hard work and perseverance, everyone can succeed in their language goals. An, you are now an independant user of the language who is able to successfully lead real-live conversations. Pat yourself on the back.
Elena is an excellent teacher and a very nice person. I have been training in Spanish with Elena for quite some time now after her being recommended to me by a friend, and have consistently been very pleased with our lessons. While I do not consider myself to be very good at learning foreign languages, Elena is very patient and adapts the lessons to my ability, making me feel at ease. In fact, I find her to be extremely skilled at assessing exactly where I am at any given time with respect to my individual learning situation, and structuring the lessons accordingly. I think I probably would have given up trying to learn Spanish had I not began my study with Elena; and that would have been a shame considering where I am now with the language. Because of Elena's skilled help, I am extremely pleased to not only be conversant in basic Spanish, but also have confidence that I will one day reach full proficiency with the language. No other learning method I tried before meeting Elena compares to the one-on-one, personalized instruction I receive from her, which comprises reading; writing; developmental exercises; and most importantly, conversation. To be able to look at Spanish now and have it appear largely familiar is extremely satisfying. I even plan to study Italian with Elena after reaching my desired level in Spanish. These are not things I ever imagined would occur at the beginning stages of my studies. I am a native English speaker and find Elena's English to be excellent. She had no difficulty instructing me from the very beginning levels where it was necessary that a lot of English be spoken in our lessons, to where we are now with much less English being spoken. The friend who recommended Elena to me learned Dutch from her, and is equally pleased with their experience. I would not hesitate to learn from Elena any of the languages she teaches. I give Elena my highest recommendations and thank her for all the help she has provided me.
Thank you for your feedback, Brandon! I am very happy to know that you are so satisfied with the lessons. I've always believed that you could make it and I am glad that we never gave it up. The right attitude and a high level of perseverance have been the keys to your success. It has been a pleasure to be your guide in your learning process. I know that you can do much more, so let's continue towards a next level!
Again a lesson full of fun anf full of learning opportunities. I really like Angels patience and ability to adapt to my learning process.
This student is one of the best ones I ever had in my long teaching career. She is always so diligent and willing to learn more and more. I am so happy to work with her and see the immense progress she has made since we first started working together. Thank you Silke!
I would highly recommend Tove. Her lessons are fantastic and I learn exactly what I'm interested in. Tove is very friendly, our chemistry goes well together and I really enjoy being tought by her.
Dear Anita, Thank you very much for your nice review! I enjoy our lessons very much too and I am so happy that our communication and chemistry fit well together. That's the best precondition for a good learning experience. See you soon!
We are an Italian family residing in France for 3 months, we have two 10 year old children who have just started attending CM1. We asked Natalia to give the children two lessons a week to speed up their learning. We are super happy with the choice. Nous sommes une famille italienne résidant en France depuis janvier, nous avons deux enfants de 10 ans qui viennent de commencer la CM1. Nous avons demandé à Natalia de leur donner deux leçons par semaine pour accélérer leur apprentissage. Nous sommes super contents de Natalia. We are an Italian family living in France since 3 months, we have two 10 year old children who have just started attending CM1. We asked Natalia to give the kids two lessons a week to speed up their learning. We are super happy with this choice.
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Fabrizio's children are learning French very fast, I have the impression that these lessons online have been helpful for them and I am sure they will master the language easily. They are very interested in learning.
Daniela is a very pleasant and brisk teacher who has the talent to make you feel at ease immediately. Her lessons are a nice mix of conversation and theory. Again and again it is a nice hour to look forward to !! Thank you Daniela !!
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Dear Hilde, thank you very much for your words. I'm glad you are satisfied with our time together. I will continue to do my best to make you practice your beautiful Italian in a cheerful and peaceful way :-)
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It is always a pleasure to have English lessons with Corinne. The lessons are always a lot of fun and extremely interesting concerning on current affairs and unfortunately the time always ends too early. Very recommended.
Thank you, Danilo. It is always a pleasure having lessons with you and I have enjoyed our many conversations together. And what a joy that over time they have become easier for both of us to understand! :D
Carmen is really prepared and very very nice. She takes you by the hand and introduces you to portuguese language in a really pleasant way. I learned 3-4 sentences already on the first lesson!
Fabia is a very nice student and learns very quickly. It is a pleasure to teach her as she really likes to learn a difficult language like Portuguese and improved a lot.
It was very nice to take a lesson from Theano (Anny). She is adaptable to the student's level and is prepared to help the student as necessary. She is a friendly and caring teacher!
Σ' ευχαριστώ πολύ Μέγκαν! I'm glad you had a good experience and that you enjoyed it. Your excitment about learning greek motivates me even more :)
Marissa is a very professional teacher who can put the student at ease. It is precise, effective and oriented towards achieving the objectives: highly recommended.
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Thanks so much Paola!!! I LOVE working with you guys and have enjoyed every moment. Even after this brief period, we can already start to see some changes. :-)
I have had many lessons with Luisa and I always look forward to them. We begin by chatting about the past week's events and them move to Espresso which I find very useful as a good review of material I have done in the past. There is often additional words used I had not met before. Luisa is always a pleasure to talk with and is a kind and pleasant teacher. She corrects me gently and offers useful words or meanings when appropriate.
Dear Martin thank you so much ! It's my pleasure taking class with you. And thanks a lot for your suggestion about Us movies ( Just Mercy) or Us books
I had my first lesson a couple of days ago and everything went super good! Karin was attentive, transmiting her positivism and helping me with every doubt I had. She really focus on teaching how to pronounce and talk a language, so this is really interesting for me, to practise it & be able to use it in my day by day. I really recommend her to everyone willing to learn a new language :)
Hi Alba! Thank you so much for your wonderful review! I enjoyed our class too & I wish you the best of luck with all your future projects :-)
A prepared and kind teacher, ready to teach with patience and good humor. He provided me with very useful materials to study and review even after the lesson. I recommend it to anyone who wants to learn a language with a smile. Thanks Silvia :)
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Thank you so much for the Chiara review! It was a real pleasure to have this lesson with you. I wish you a nice trip with the German language!
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The lesson with Celia was perfect! She was puntcual, kind and her teaching method is effective and funny. She started the class with some "games" to get to know eachother and then we discussed about an article she provided. The time of the class passed really fast and I learned new vocabulary. Absolutely raccomended.
Thank you so much, Remark! I´m happy to know you enjoyed our lesson and I´m looking forward to having more in the near future! Cheers!
Ekaterina writes new words and sentences learnt during the lesson. She has got a very nice attitude and great accent! A pleasure to work with... yes, even in German!!!!!
Dear Silvia, thank you very much for your feedback! It's a real pleasure to have classes with you, and I hope you find them useful!

Next lessons

1 Estonian alphabet Learn how to say and write Estonian letters.
2 Estonian pronunciation Learn Estonian pronunciation rules
3 Estonian keyboard and how to type letters Learn how to type Estonian letters
4 How to say hello in Estonian Learn greetings and polite expressions in Estonian language
5 Introducing yourself in Estonian Learn how to introduce yourself in the Estonian language.
6 Telling the time in Estonian Learn how to tell the time in the Estonian language
7 Numbers and counting in Estonian Learn how to count in Estonian
8 Days of the week, months and seasons in Estonian Learn the names of the days, months and season in Estonian
9 Describing people and characters in Estonian Learn how to describe people and characters in Estonian
10 Describing the family in Estonian Learn how to describe your family members in Estonian
11 Colours in Estonian Learn the names of the colours in Estonian
12 Body parts in Estonian Body parts and describing appearances in Estonian
13 Clothes in Estonian Learn the names of the clothes in Estonian
14 Animal names in Estonian Learn the names of the animals, birds and fish in Estonian
15 Order food in Estonian Learn how to order food in the restaurant in Estonian
16 Birthday wishes and congratulations in Estonian Learn how to say Happy Birthday and congratulate someone in Estonian
17 Asking for directions in Estonian Learn how to ask for directions in Estonian
18 Grocery shopping in Estonian Learn the groceries and most common foods in Estonian
19 Expressing feelings in Estonian Learn how to express feelings and needs in Estonian.
20 How to say I love you in Estonian Learn how to say I love you and other sweet things to someone in Estonian
21 Talking about hobbies in Estonian Learn the names of the hobbies and how to talk about your free time in Estonian
22 Talk about the weather in Estonian Learn how to talk about the weather in Estonian
23 Describing your home in Estonian Learn how to describe you house and furniture in Estonian
24 Travel and transportation in Estonian Learn the words and phrases related to travelling and transportation in Estonian
25 Business words in Estonian Learn the vocabulary related to the office and doing business in Estonian