14 the of March is Estonian Native Langue Day.
Estonian belongs to the Finnic branch of the Uralic language family. Finnish and Estonian are very similar like for example Italian and Spanish.
Estonian is secret language 🙂 because only ca 1 million people speak this natively.
The biggest difference is that Estonian do not have prepositions (if you read my posts, you probably noticed, that this is the most complicated for me).
I am able to communicate in Russian, English and Finnish and I can tell you, that for saying the same idea, in Estonian this is the shortest, You need and use fewer words because you do not need prepositions 🙂
The second difference is that we do not have grammatical genders. She and He are both ” tema”. Foreigners asking often, how do you know does in this written text man or woman. And we are asking back: WHY this is important? Concentrate on the idea and content, not to the prejudices. And usually, people have names:)
And, unlike the Romance language speakers, we do not know does table or tree is female or male.
Yes, we believe in that nature has the spirit. In Estonian are very much onomatopoeias. But what gender has trees and stones. We do not care 🙂
But Estonian is not so easy. We have fourteen cases. And a lot of vowels.
You can say, that you Estonian is fluent if you are able to pronounce:
õunapuuõied, oaaed, Jüriööülestõus, jäääär, head aega.. 🙂
(apple tree blossoms, bean garden, St. George’s Night Uprising, the ice edge, good by)
For this day I present to you one very typical Estonian dessert.
Quark Pudding with Kissel
Quark Pudding is typical Estonian Dessert.Serve with sour cream or kissel
- 50 g melted butter + some butter to grease baking form and some butter on the top of a dessert
- 400 g quark/curd
- 2 eggs
- 2 dl semolina
- 100 g sour cream
- sugar and grated lemon peel
- bread crumbs