• Estonian course for beginners
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  • 1 Estonian alphabet
  • 2 Estonian pronunciation
  • 3 Estonian keyboard and how to type letters
  • 4 How to say hello in Estonian [0/2]
  • 5 Introducing yourself in Estonian [0/2]
  • 6 Telling the time in Estonian [0/2]
  • 7 Numbers and counting in Estonian [0/3]
  • 8 Days of the week, months and seasons in Estonian [0/3]
  • 9 Describing people and characters in Estonian [0/2]
  • 10 Describing the family in Estonian [0/3]
  • 11 Colours in Estonian [0/3]
  • 12 Body parts in Estonian [0/3]
  • 13 Clothes in Estonian [0/3]
  • 14 Animal names in Estonian [0/3]
  • 15 Order food in Estonian [0/3]
  • 16 Birthday wishes and congratulations in Estonian [0/2]
  • 17 Asking for directions in Estonian [0/3]
  • 18 Grocery shopping in Estonian [0/3]
  • 19 Expressing feelings in Estonian [0/2]
  • 20 How to say I love you in Estonian [0/2]
  • 21 Talking about hobbies in Estonian [0/2]
  • 22 Talk about the weather in Estonian [0/2]
  • 23 Describing your home in Estonian [0/2]
  • 24 Travel and transportation in Estonian [0/2]
  • 25 Business words in Estonian [0/2]
  • Order food in Estonian

    Exercises

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    1. Exercise: In the restaurant Score -/-
    2. Exercise: Drinks in Estonian Score -/-
    3. Exercise: Food in Estonian Score -/-

    In this chapter you will learn how to order food and drinks in a restaurant. After this lesson you can go to any Estonian restaurant and you will be able to read the menu, order the food and ask for the bill from the waitress!

    How to read the menu?

    menu

    English Estonian
    A starter Eelroog
    A main dish Pearoog
    A side dish Kõrvalroog / Lisand
    A dessert Magustoit
    A soup Supp
    A salad Salat
    Daily special Päevapakkumine
    Breakfast Hommikusöök
    Lunch Lõunasöök
    Dinner Õhtusöök
     

    Ordering food in Estonian

    waiter

    These are the phrases that you will probably hear from the waiter:

    English Estonian
    Have you decided already? Kas te olete juba otsustanud?
    Are you ready to order? Kas te olete valmis tellima?
    What would you like? Mida te soovite?
    What would you like to drink? Mida te juua soovite?
    Would you like to have a dessert? Kas te soovite magustoitu?
    I recommend (you to order) ... Ma soovitan (teil tellida) ...
    Will you pay together or separately? Kas te maksate koos või eraldi?

     

    And here are the phrases that you will need to use yourself:

    ordering

    English Estonian
    Could I get a menu? Kas ma saaksin menüü?
    Could you please bring me the menu? Kas te saaksite mulle palun menüü tuua?
    How much is ... ? Kui palju maksab ... ?
    I haven't decided yet Ma pole veel otsustanud
    No, I am not ready yet Ei, ma pole veel valmis
    Yes, I am ready to order Jah, ma olen valmis tellima
    Just a moment please! Üks moment, palun!
    What would you recommend? Mida te soovitaksite?
    What's the daily special? Mis on päevapakkumine?
    Do you have ...? Kas teil on ...?
    I would like (to order) ... Ma soovin (tellida) ... 
    Can I have ...? Kas ma saaksin ...?
    I will take this Ma võtan selle
    I would like to pay Ma soovin maksta
    Can I get the bill? Kas ma saaksin arve?

     

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    List of food in Estonian

    Remember that the Estonian language does not have articles.

    food

    English Estonian
    Pork Sealiha
    Lamb Lammas 
    Chicken Kana
    Salmon Lõhe
    Trout Forell
    Potatoes Kartulid
    French fries Friikartulid
    Rice Riis
    Pasta Pasta
    Eggs Munad
    Bacon Peekon
    Vegetables Köögiviljad
    Fruits Puuviljad
    Salt Sool
    Sugar Suhkur
    Pepper Pipar
    Sauce Kaste
    Black bread Must leib
    (White) bread Sai
    Cake Kook
    Cheesecake Juustukook
    Ice cream Jäätis

     

    drinks

    List of drinks in Estonian

    English Estonian
    Drinks Joogid
    Water Vesi
    Sparkling water Gaseeritud vesi
    Coffee Kohv
    Tea Tee
    Milk Piim
    Juice Mahl
    Lemonade Limonaad
    Wine Vein
    Beer Õlu

    Useful to know:

    • a bottle  pudel 
    • a glass  klaas 
    • a cup    tass 

    Example dialogue

    Leila: Kas ma saaksin menüü? --- Could I get a menu?

    Waiter: Olge lahke. --- Here you are. 

    ...

    Waiter: Kas te olete valmis?  --- Are you ready?

    Leila: Ei, veel mitte. Mis on päevapakkumine? --- No, not yet. What's the daily special?

    Waiter: Seapraad koos aurutatud köögiviljadega. --- Roast pork with steamed vegetables.

    Leila: Kui palju see maksab? --- How much does it cost?

    Waiter: See on 8 eurot. --- It's 8 €.

    Leila: Olgu, ma võtan selle. Ja mis teil magustoiduks on? --- Okay, I will take this. And what do you have for dessert?

    Waiter: Meil on kooki, puuvilju ja jäätist. Ma soovitan võtta juustukoogi jäätisega. --- We have cake, fruits and ice cream. I suggest you to take cheesecake with ice cream.

    Leila: Hästi. --- All right.

    ...

    Leila: See oli väga maitsev! Kas ma saaksin arve? --- It was very tasty! Can I get a bill?

    Waiter: Rõõm kuulda. Muidugi. Kas maksate kaardiga või sulas? --- I'm glad to hear that! Ofcourse. Will you pay by card or in cash?

    Leila: Sulas. --- In cash.

    Waiter: Aitäh! Järgmise korrani. --- Thank you! See you next time!

     

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