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Estonian
eesti keel
Native to Estonia
Ethnicity Estonians
Native speakers 1.1 million  (2012)e18
Language family
Uralic
  • Finnic
    • Estonian
Writing system Latin (Estonian alphabet)
Estonian Braille
Official status
Official language in  Estonia
 European Union
Regulated by Institute of the Estonian Language / Eesti Keele Instituut, Emakeele Selts (semi-official)
Linguasphere 41-AAA-d
Idioma estonio.PNG
Distribution of estonian language

The Estonian language (Estonian: eesti keel) is a Uralic language. It is mainly spoken in Estonia. The Estonian language is similar to Finnish and is one of the few national languages of Europe not to be an Indo-European language.

The Estonian alphabet uses the Latin alphabet. It has many vowels, including Ö, Ä, Õ and Ü.

It has been influenced by and adopted many words from German and Swedish. Estonian language also has different dialects.

Sample words

Üks One
Kaks Two
Kolm Three
Jah Yes
Ei No
Mina/Ma I
Sina/Sa You (in singular)
Tema/Ta He/She
Meie/Me We
Teie/Te You (in plural)
Nemad/Nad They
Olen/Mina olen I am
Eesti Estonia
Maja House
Kodu Home
Tee Way

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