On March 14, we celebrate Native Language Day. But how much is known about our language and country in the wide world? Estonian, which is considered one of the most beautiful languages in the world, deserves more attention outside Estonia during the year of the Estonian language.

The Estonian Institute invites you to learn and teach Estonian all over the world for one week, on September 23–29, 2019. Approximately one thousand people are already studying Estonian at universities or language courses throughout the world, and many Estonians are maintaining the mother tongue among their descendants abroad.

In September, we want to reach three million people who will learn some words or expressions in Estonian, such as numbers, greetings or congratulations. Every Estonian speaker can help! For that, you do not have to be a language teacher, all you need is a willingness to teach a few words to a foreign friend, acquaintance, colleague or neighbour. In Estonia, too, there are plenty of people, to whom you can teach our beautiful mother tongue. Of course, language is not immediately learned in this way, but that is how we plant language seeds, some of which are growing into a beautiful tree.

How and where to learn and teach Estonian? Open the website keelest.estinst.ee (will be launched soon), where you will find tips for a language learner and teacher. There will also be links to web courses (Speakly, Keeleklikk) so that those who are interested could continue learning Estonian. Each learner can mark their location on the map, from Greenland to Australia. Social media content and videos about learning Estonian are also welcome and will be posted on a Facebook page keelEST.

The activities of the Worldwide Estonian Language Week will be introduced for the first time in Helsinki at the Native Language Days of Estonian teachers abroad on March 7–10. We hope that the Estonian communities worldwide will be happy to teach Estonian language and organize nice events to give foreigners an idea of the beauty of our mother tongue.

Organizing the Wordlwide Estonian Language Week is supported by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research.

Additional information:
Lea Kreinin
lea.kreinin@estinst.ee
phone +372 631 4355
keelest.estinst.ee