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Estonian Phrases and Common Sentences

This page contains a table including the following: Estonian phrases, expressions and words in Estonian, conversation and idioms, Estonian greetings, and survival phrases. It also helps if you simply want to know what to say when chatting in Estonian!

Most of the sentences below are used for everyday life conversations, so they might come handy if you memorize them.

English Phrases Estonian Phrases
 
English Greetings Estonian Greetings:
Hi! Tere!
Good morning! Tere hommikust!
Good evening! Tere õhtust!
Good night! Head ööd
Welcome! (to greet someone) Tere tulemast!
How are you? Kuidas Sinul läheb?
I'm fine, thanks! Minul läheb hästi, Aitäh!
And you? Aga Sinul?
Good/ So-So. Hea,hästi/Nii-nii.
Thank you (very much)! Tänan Sind (väga)!
You're welcome! (for "thank you") Võta heaks!
Hey! Friend! Hei! Sõber!
I missed you so much! Ma igatsesin Sind väga!
What's new? Mis uudist?
Nothing much Ei midagi erilist
Good night! Head õhtut!
See you later! Näeme hiljem!
Good bye! Head aega!
Asking for Help and Directions
I'm lost Ma olen eksinud
Can I help you? Kas ma saaksin Sind aidata?
Can you help me? Kas Sa saaksid mind aidata?
Where is the (bathroom/pharmacy)? Kus on (tualett/apteek)?
Go straight! then turn left/ right! Mine otse! Seejärel keera vasakule/paremale!
I'm looking for John. Ma otsin John´i.
One moment please! Üks hetk palun!
Hold on please! (phone) Oota palun üks hetk! (telefon)
How much is this? Kui palju see maksab?
Excuse me (to ask for something or to pass by) Vabandage / Vabandust
Come with me! Tule minuga kaasa!

How to Introduce Yourself
 
Do you speak (English/ Estonian)? Kas Sa räägid (inglise keelt/eesti keelt)?
Just a little. Veidi/natuke.
What's your name? Mis Sinu nimi on?
My name is ... Minu nimi on...
Mr/Mrs/Miss Hr.. /Pr../Prl.. (also Mr/Mrs/Miss)
Nice to meet you! Tore Sinuga tutvuda!
You're very kind! Sa oled väga lahke!
Where are you from? Kust Sa pärit oled?
I'm from (the U.S/Estonia) Ma olen (USA-st/eestist)
I'm (American) Ma olen (ameeriklane/eestlane)
Where do you live? Kus Sa elad?
I live in (the U.S/ Estonia) Ma elan (USA-s/Eestis)
Did you like it here? Kas Sulle meeldis siin?
Estonia is a wonderful country Eesti on imeline maa
What do you do for a living? Millega Sa elatist teenid?
I work as a (translator/ businessman) Ma töötan (tõlkijana/ärimehena)
I like Estonian Mulle meeldib eesti keel
I've been learning Estonian for 1 month Ma olen õppinud eesti keelt ühe kuu
Oh! That's good! Oo! See on tore!
How old are you? Kui vana Sa oled?
I'm (twenty, thirty...) years old. Ma olen (kakskümmend, kolmkümmend aastat vana.
I have to go Ma pean minema
I will be right back! Olen kohe tagasi!
Wish Someone Something
Good luck! Edu!
Happy birthday! Palju õnne sünnipäevaks!
Happy new year! Head uut aastat!
Merry Christmas! Häid jõule!
Congratulations! Õnnitlen!
Enjoy! (for meals...) Naudi!
I'd like to visit Estonia one day Ma sooviksin külastada Eestit ühel päeval
Say hi to John for me Ütle Johnile minu poolt tere.
Bless you (when sneezing) Terviseks
Good night and sweet dreams! Head ööd & Magusaid unenägusid!
Solving a Misunderstanding
I'm Sorry! (if you don't hear something) Kuidas palun!
Sorry (for a mistake) Anna andeks
No Problem! Pole probleemi!
Can You Say It Again? Kas Sa saaksid seda korrata?
Can You Speak Slowly? Kas Sa saaksid aeglasemalt rääkida?
Write It Down Please! Kirjuta see üles palun!
I Don't Understand! Ma ei saa aru!
I Don't Know! Ma ei tea!
I Have No Idea. Mul ei ole aimugi.
What's That Called In Estonian? Kuidas seda eesti keeles nimetatakse?
What Does "gato" Mean In English? Mida tähendab "lingua" inglise keeles?
How Do You Say "Please" In Estonian? Kuidas Sa ütled "palun" eesti keeles?
What Is This? Mis see on?
My Estonian is bad. Minu eesti keel on halb.
I need to practice my Estonian Ma pean oma eesti keelt harjutama.
Don't worry! Ära muretse!
Estonian Expressions and Words
Good/Bad/So-So. Hea/halb/Nii-nii.
Big/ Small Suur/Väike
Today/ Now Täna/Praegu
Tomorrow/ Yesterday Homme/Eile
Yes/No Jah/Ei
Here you go! (when giving something) Palun!
Do you like it? Kas see meeldib Sulle?
I really like it! Mulle meeldib see väga!
I'm hungry / thirsty. Ma olen näljane/mul on kõht tühi / janu.
In The Morning/Evening/At Night. Hommikul/Õhtul/Öösel.
This/ That. Here/There See(/Too). Siin/Seal
Me/ You. Him/ Her. Mina/Sina. Tema
Really! Kas tõesti!
Look! Vaata!
Hurry up! Kiirusta!
What? Where? Mida?/Kus?
What time is it? Mis kell on?
It's 10 o'clock. 07:30pm. Kell on 10. 19.30
Give me this! Anna see mulle!
I love you! Ma armastan Sind!
I feel sick. Mul on paha olla.
I need a doctor Mul on arsti vaja.
One, Two, Three Üks, kaks, kolm
Four, Five, Six Neli, viis, kuus
Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten Seitse, kaheksa, üheksa, kümme


I hope the content of this page was useful to you, and that you learned some Estonian phrases, expressions and words. Make sure to memorize them to be able to use them in your daily conversation.