I'm interesting in learning some Estonian in the near future, and have been trying to get some resources to that end. I've gotten some really good textbooks, but I have yet to find a good dictionary. I was wondering if anyone knew of a good Estonian <-> English or Estonian -> English dictionary (preferably both ways, but if I have to, I'll take from Estonian to English only)? Having looked into the grammar and pronunciation a bit, I was wondering if there were any dictionaries that give any info on that sort of stuff, otherwise the dictionary would be hard for a learner like me to use.
I've seen that this
dictionary is listed on Amazon at a good price and a good review, but one review is not much to go on.
Any help would be appreciated!
I'm not familiar with the dictionary you linked to. I am familiar with a few others. I will copy from each one the entry for leht
so that you can get an idea of how words are presented.Eesti-Inglise sõnaraamat
by Enn Veldi. (Estonian-to-English only.)leht
) frond; (raamatu-
) page; (paberi-
) sheet; (ajaleht
) newspaper leht nätsu
stick/piece of gum lehte minema
break into leaf lehte pöörama
turn the page lehti rehitsema
rake leavesEesti-Inglise sõnaraamat koolidele
by C. Parts. (Estonian-to-English only.)leht
(puu~, raamatu~ jms.
) leaf* [li:f]; (paberi~
) sheet [ʃi:t]
) newspaper ['nju:speipə]
, paper lehte: ~ minema
come* into leafEesti-Inglise sõnaraamat koolidele
by J. Silvet. (Estonian-to-English only.)leht
(puu~, raamatu~ jms.
) leaf (pl.
) sheet; (aja~
) (news)paper lehte: ~ minema = lehistumaEstonian-English English-Estonian Dictionary
by Ksana Kyiv. (English-to-Estonian and Estonian-to-English)leht
leht; ~let n. leheke; lendlehtEesti-Inglise sõnaraamat
by Paul Saagpakk. (Estonian-to-English only.)leht
[-he] 175 s.
leaves) (ka raamatu-)
; (paberi-, metalli-
) sheet (of paper) (õhuke
blad; E. pop.
(news-)paper; lehed (pl.)
leaves; lehelt laulma
to sing at sight; puud lasevad v. langetavad lehti
the trees are shedding their leaves; (aja-)lehe tellimine
magazine subscription; ta keeras ~i
he turned over the pages; et see lehte läheb (E. fam)
that it will go in; ~edega
-leaved (tarvit. er. liitsõnades); vt. lehte, lehtes
; ~- atr.
328 s. (bot.)
tangle.... (continues for 4 more lines)
Of these, Saagpakk's is by far the most comprehensive (it's huge) and marks palatization and overlong syllables and declination forms, which the others don't. However, the words are pretty dated, some back to before World War II from what I understand. It's also difficult to find and expensive unless you happen across a used copy.
Ksana Kyiv's is tiny by comparison but you can usually find it for less than $10 and it's not bad for a beginner, and useful that you can search for words in either language. I suspect the K. Kiik one you linked to may be better though, just based on the fact that Kyiv's has 10,000 words and Kiik's says it has 40,000.
has already been mentioned. Another good one is http://www.keeleveeb.ee/
, which lets you search a huge number of different online dictionaries at once - several English-Estonian dictionaries, Estonian-to-other-languages, several monolingual dictionaries, etymology, Estonian dialects, morphology, etc. It's excellent. Also I'm not sure if http://www.filosoft.ee/gene_et
/ has been mentioned yet but it will give you all the case-forms and conjugations of any word, much more comprehensive than ANY dictionary in terms of grammatical forms.
Really I'd probably go with one of the smaller Eng-Est/Est-Eng dictionaries (Kyiv or Kiik) along with the online resources, then get a larger dictionary later if you feel the need. I use the online resources more than anything now.