Peace Corps - Estonian Language Lessons

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US Peace Corps Estonian  - Image COURSE OVERVIEW
This guide is designed for Estonian language training for Peace Corps volunteers is intended for use in a competency based language training program, and reflects daily communication needs in that context. It consists of 52 lessons, each addressing a specific language competency, organized in 14 topical units. An introductory section gives background information on the Estonian language, its phonology, morphology, and syntax. The instructional unilts follow. Each is prefaced by a page describing an aspect of Estonian culture.

The lessons include a statement of the targeted competency, a brief dialogue, vocabulary list, explanatory grammar and vocabulary notes, and pronunciation notes. Some lessons include a proverb. Unit topics include personal identification, classroom orientation, conversation with host counterpart or family, communication services, food, money, transportation, giving, and getting directions, shopping, invitations and social situations, community services, discussing work, and health illness.

PROGRAMS THAT USED THIS LANGUAGE
Estonia: 1992-2002; Currently Not Active

PROGRAM SECTORS
Estonia: Currently Not Active

Estonian is the official language of Estonia, spoken natively by about 1.1 million people in Estonia and tens of thousands in various migrant communities. It belongs to the Finnic branch of the Uralic language family. One distinctive feature that has caused a great amount of interest among linguists is what is traditionally seen as three degrees of phoneme length: short, long, and "overlong", such that /toto/, /toto/ and /toto/ are distinct. In actuality, the distinction is not purely in the phoneme length, and the underlying phonological mechanism is still disputed. The two different historical Estonian languages (sometimes considered dialects), the North and South Estonian languages, are based on the ancestors of modern Estonians' migration into the territory of Estonia in at least two different waves, both groups speaking considerably different Finnic vernaculars. Modern standard Estonian has evolved on the basis of the dialects of Northern Estonia. The domination of Estonia after the Northern Crusades, from the 13th century to 1918 by Denmark, Germany, Sweden, and Russia delayed indigenous literacy in Estonia. Estonian grammar published in Reval in 1637 by Heinrich Stah. The oldest written records of the Finnic languages of Estonia date from the 13th century. Originates Livoniae in Chronicle of Henry of Livonia contains Estonian place names, words and fragments of sentences.

Estonian is spoken in: Estonia

Estonian has no known alternate names.

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