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2nd Edition

Colloquial Estonian

ISBN 9781138950115
Published July 1, 2015 by Routledge
264 Pages

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Book Description

This new edition of Colloquial Estonian is easy to use and completely up-to-date.

Specially written by an experienced teacher for self-study or class use, the course offers you a step-by-step approach to written and spoken Estonian. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

What makes Colloquial Estonian your best choice in personal language learning?

  • interactive – lots of dialogues and exercises for regular practice
  • clear – concise grammar notes
  • practical – useful vocabulary and pronunciation guide
  • complete – including answer key and special reference section.

By the end of this rewarding course you will be able to communicate confidently and effectively in Estonian in a broad range of everyday situations.

Audio material to accompany the course is available to download freely in MP3 format from Recorded by native speakers, the audio material features the dialogues and texts from the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.

Table of Contents

Introduction  The Sounds of Estonian  1 Kaks vana sopra – Two old Friends  2 Telefon – The telephone  3 Kohvikus – In a café  4 Tartus – In Tartu  5 Pireti juures – Visiting Piret  6 Nädala päevad – Days of the week  7 Sünnipäev – A birthday  8 Riided – Clothing  9 Piret ostab riideid – Piret buys clothes  10 Ilm ja aastaajad – Weather and the seasons  11 Kauplustes – Shopping  12 Tööolu – Working life  13 Perekonna elu – Family life  14 Meresõit – Sailing  15 Küllakutse – An invitation  16 Eesti kirjandus – Estonian literature  17 Kaubamajas – At a department store  18 Eesti novell – An Estonian short story  19 Rongisõit – A train journey  20 Jõulud – Christmas  Key to exercises  Ready-reference grammar  Glossary of grammatical terms  Estonian – English glossary  English – Estonian glossary  Grammatical index

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Christopher Moseley worked for two decades for the BBC World Service, specialising in Baltic affairs, and is now a freelance translator and editor, as well as Latvian teaching fellow at SSEES. He has a particular interest in endangered and minority languages. He is the author of Colloquial Estonian (1994) and Colloquial Latvian (1996) and the general editor of the Routledge/Curzon Encyclopedia of the World's Endangered Languages (2007) and the general editor (with R.E. Asher) of the Atlas of the World’s Languages (2007).


'If you want to get to grips with any of the [European] languages, Routledge's Colloquial series is the best place you could start.' Rough Guide to Europe