Estonian is a Finnic language closely related to Finnish spoken by about 1.1 million people in Estonia. The main difference between Estonian and Finnish is that Finnish is mainly influenced by Swedish, while Estonian contains many words of German origin, plus some words from Russian, Latin, Greek and English. There is considerable mutual intelligibility between Estonian and Finnish.

Estonian has two groups of dialects: northern and southern. The northern dialects are associated with the city of Tallinn, and the southern ones with Tartu. Standard Estonian is based on the northern dialects. The southern dialects are sometimes considered separate languages. The two different historical Estonian are based on the ancestors of modern Estonians’ migration into the territory of Estonia in at least two different waves, both groups speaking considerably different Finnic dialects. Modern standard Estonian has evolved on the basis of the dialects of Northern Estonia.

Estonian was the state language of the country from 1919 to 1945. During the Soviet period Estonian was one of the the official languages, along with Russian, and most Estonians became bilingual in those languages. Non-Estonians had to learn Estonian in school, however many considered learning the language unnecessary. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 Estonian became the state language once again, and Russian was discouraged.

The oldest examples of written Estonian are names, words, and phrases found in early 13th century chronicles. The earliest surviving longer text dates from the 16th century. An Estonian textbook first appeared in 1637.


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Estonian Proverb: “Kes aitab ennast ise, seda aitavad ka teised”

Meaning: He who helps himself will be helped by others


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