Estonian at Indiana University
FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT STILL UNDECIDED?
Take Estonian in the Fall!
IU is the only university in the US that offers three levels of Estonian every year. Seize this unique opportunity and learn a less commonly taught language with
- a much more commonly taught alphabet
(you can handle a few diacritics: rõõm ´joy´, õlu `beer`, töö `work`, ülikool `university`)
- a straightforward and fairly regular grammatical system
(the 14 cases are there just for you to boast to your friends about; 11 of these work like English prepositions stuck to the end of the word: ülikoolis `at the university`)
- familiar features in the structure and loanwords in the vocabulary due to international influences (guess the meaning of elekter, kohv, tomat, buss, muusika, kontsert…)
- BUT still a lot of unique characteristics to discover!
Interested in languages?
- Taking Estonian is a great gateway to Finno-Ugric linguistics. You can go on to learn the closely related Finnish or the more distant cousin Hungarian, both offered at IU.
Planning research in the area?
Estonia is one of the fastest growing economies in the European Union with an intriguing history, culture and society on the crossroads to Scandinavia, Russia, and Central Europe. Knowing the basics of the language opens the hearts and doors of Estonians and is a definite advantage in funding applications. Learn more about Estonia here.
- New and up-to-date teaching materials
- Minor in Central Eurasian Studies
- Small classes, individual attention, fun atmosphere
- Scholarship opportunities for further study in Estonia, either at Tartu University (established in 1632 by the Swedish king Gustav Adolf) or in the capital Tallinn, where the medieval downtown meets ultramodern high-rises on the Baltic coast
Sign up now for Fall or inquire further at Central Eurasian Studies, Goodbody 157, 855-2233 or firstname.lastname@example.org.