Estonian: Let's Learn Some Basics!

Article published on Nov. 19, 2008
Article published on Nov. 19, 2008
.As suggested by Guillaume in his blog " A French in Estonia", here we start with some precious hints for those ones thinking about spending some days in Estonia. But, sincerely, do not worry too much. As soon as you will start pronouncing the "T" of "Tere", people will immediately switch their minds to English and there will be no way to practice your Estonian.
And we still speak about French people..

Tere (téré)= Bonjour / hello

Aitäh (ayta) = merci / thank you

Palun (paloun)= de rien ou s’il vous plait / Please or you’re welcome

Jah (yah) = oui / yes

Ei (éï) = non / no

Arve palun (arvé paloun)= l’addition svp / bill pealse

Head aega (éad aéga)= au revoir / bye

Head ööd (éad eud) = bonne nuit / good night

Palun üks kohv (paloun uks kov) = un café svp / one coffee please

Kui palju see maksab (koui paliou sé maxab) = combien ça coûte / how much is it

Vesi (vési) = eau / water

Tee (téé) = thé / tea

Õlu (eulou)= bière / beer

Veini (véini)= Vin / wine

Viin = vodka / vodka

Ma olen prantslane (ma olèn prantslané) = je suis Français / I am French

Ma ei räägi eesti keelt (ma éï raagui éésti kèlt) = je ne parle pas estonien / I don’t speak estonian

Ma ei tea (ma éï téa) = je ne sais pas / I don’t know

Ma ei saa aru (ma éï saa arou) = je ne comprends pas / I don’t understand

Üks (uks) = 1

Kaks (kax) = 2

Kolm (kolm) = 3

Neli (néli) = 4

Viis (viisse) = 5

Kuus (kouss) = 6

Seitse (séitsé) = 7

Kaheksa (kaéxa) = 8

Üheksa (uéxa) = 9

Kümme (kumé) = 10

Sada (sada) = 100

Tuhat (tou-at) = 1 000

Guillaume Fevrier