The Integration Foundation, with the support of its partners, has created a set of practical tips on how to learn Estonian. The videos have English subtitles.
Usage-based acquisition of language, language errors and language skills levels. Mare Kitsnik outlines the logic of language-learning and explains why learning a second (i.e. foreign) language is different to learning your mother tongue.
‘Sõnaveeb’ portal. The Institute of the Estonian Language showcases the ‘Keeleõppija Sõnaveeb’ portal, which is designed for those just starting out on their language-learning journey. The portal brings together words and phrases commonly used in everyday conversation.
Handbook for independent language-learning. This video highlights the benefits of the handbook for language-learners: practical tips for planning studies, maintaining motivation and making more effective use of learning opportunities.
Learning how to learn with a computer. Online course authors Leelo Kingisepp and Marju Ilves explain how you can learn Estonian on your own using web courses and share tips on how to make them more motivating and effective.
Playing with language for fun and effective learning. Mare Kitsnik outlines how to acquire languages more effectively by taking a playful approach to them.
Using board games in language-learning. This video shows how you can learn Estonian by playing board games. This is a fun and simple way of learning, and one which everyone can try.
‘Keeleklikk’ online course. This course is designed to bring beginners up to A2 level in Estonian. It can be used by learners independently or as supplementary material for an existing course.
‘Keeletee’ online course. This course is aimed at learners whose Estonian is at least at the B1 level. It can be used by learners independently or as supplementary material for an existing course.
Learning with online teaching materials. The ‘Tarkus’ language school is given as an example to showcase ways of practising what you learn on courses and how to memorise vocabulary effectively.
‘Käänuk’ game. This digital language game, devised by linguists, will help learners at the intermediate level grasp more difficult aspects of the language. Taking a comic-book approach, the game makes learning fun for people of all ages.
Everyday resources and useful techniques for language-learning. Language can be learnt at any time of day or night, whether you’re at work, at home, at the shops or on the town. By practising every day, you’ll learn the language more quickly.
Old Town language-learning games. Quite a few language-learning apps are available to us. They’re worth checking out, whether on your own or with friends, to help you learn a new language and discover a new culture.
National Library language-learning treasure hunts. This is another fun way of putting yourself to the test and learning Estonian while exploring the cultural environment.
How to choose a language course? What is important? The Integration Foundtion’s Head of Language Learning Activities and the Consultant explain what is important to pay attention to. What is worth analyzing and thinking about in advance so that the language learning journey becomes an efficient and pleasant process.
Where is the language friend? In the videos, language friends Nikolai Bentsler and Ave Landrat talk about finding a language friend and show the possibilities of finding a language friend in our daily lives.
The library as a meeting place. There’s plenty to discover in libraries, which offer great opportunities for language-learning. We look at some of them with Tallinn Central Library.