Useful Estonian phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Estonian, a Finno-Ugric language spoken mainly in Estonia

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English eesti keel (Estonian)
Welcome Tere tulemast
Hello (General greeting) Tere
Tsau (inf)
How are you? Kuidas läheb?
Reply to 'How are you?' Tänan, hästi. Ja teil?
Long time no see Pole ammu näinud (see)
Pole ammu kohtunud (meet)
Pole ammu (sinu) häält kuulnud (hear your voice)
What's your name? Mis teie nimi on? (frm)
Mis su nimi on? (inf)
My name is ... Minu nimi on ...
Where are you from? Kust te pärit olete?
I'm from ... Ma olen pärit
Ma tulen
Pleased to meet you Meeldiv tutvuda
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Tere hommikust
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Tere päevast
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Tere õhtust
Good night Head ööd
(Parting phrases)
Head aega
Good luck! Edu!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day Ilusat päeva!
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Jätku leiba!
Head isu!
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Head reisi
Do you understand? Kas sa saad aru?
I understand Ma saan aru
I don't understand Ma ei saa aru
Yes Jah
No Ei
Maybe Võib-olla
I don't know Ma ei tea
Please speak more slowly Palun rääkige aeglasemalt
Please say that again Kas sa saaksid seda korrata? (inf)
Kas te saaksite seda korrata? (frm)
Please write it down Palun kirjuta see üles (inf)
Palun kirjutage see üles (frm)
Do you speak English? Kas sa räägid inglise keelt? (inf)
Kas te räägite inglise keelt? (frm)
Do you speak Estonian? Kas sa räägid eesti keelt? (inf)
Kas te räägite eesti keelt? (frm)
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Jah, natuke räägin
I'm learning Estonian Õpin eesti keelt
How do you say ... in Estonian? Kuidas Sa ütled ... eesti keeles?
Excuse me Vabandage!
How much is this? Kui palju see maksab?
Sorry Vabandust
Please Palun
Thank you Tänan
Tänan teid
Tänan teid väga
Suur aitäh
Reply to thank you Pole tänu väärt
Võta heaks
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Kus asub tualettruum?
Kus on tualett?
Kus on wc?
This gentleman will pay for everything See härra maksab kõige eest
This lady will pay for everything See daam maksab kõige eest
Would you like to dance with me? Kas te soovite tantsida?
I miss you Ma igatsen sind
I love you Ma armastan sind
Get well soon Saa ruttu terveks!
Parane kiiresti!
Go away! Jätke mind rahule!
Leave me alone! Jätke mind rahule!
Help! Appi!
Fire! Tulekahju!
Stop! Pidage kinni!
Call the police! Kutsuge politsei!
Christmas greetings Rõõmsaid jõule
Häid jõule
New Year greetings Head uut aastat
Easter greetings Häid lihavõttepühi
Birthday greetings Palju õnne sünnipäevaks
Congratulations! Õnnitleme!
Palju õnne!
One language is never enough Ühest keelest ei piisa kunagi
My hovercraft is full of eels Mu hõljuk on angerjaid täis

Recordings by Helerin. Corrections by Ben Moharter and Simo Sepp

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