Llawygath wrote:I have Estonian for Beginners. I haven't gotten through much of it yet, so I can't say how good it is overall. My only objection so far is the pronunciation guide, which follows the common convention of giving English "equivalents" -- specifically British English. As a non-British speaker, while I did have a basic idea of what was meant, I still found myself somewhat puzzled and ended up looking online for the IPA values. This book is intended to enable one to use the language for practical travel matters (or so suggest the parts I've read), so the exact details of the pronunciation may be beside the point, but I do wish they'd try a little harder to cater to us ignorant Americans. Maybe only Europeans visit Estonia...
Linguaphile wrote:Estonian Textbook by Juhan Tuldava
Grammar, readings, vocabulary, expressions, exercises, and answers to the exercises. This is one of the best texts I've found, very user-friendly and comprehensive. It is a translation of a 1962 text originally written for Swedish-speakers, but very well adapted for English-speakers.
Basic Course in Estonian by Felix Oinas
Dialogues, grammar explanations, grammar practice. Lots of practice exercises with the answers in the back. This is an older book (pre-Soviet and early-Soviet content in the readings). It has an amusing emphasis on cigarettes and horse-drawn carriages but again I think this is because it is an older book. It is one of the most comprehensive in terms of grammar, but a few of the grammatical explanations seem to be unecessarily complicated.
księżycowy wrote:I haven't looked over all of the grammar material in this book, but so far I have found it well written and not overly complicated. It is also a huge help that it marks the phonological features such as palatalization and overlong vowels/consonants (even if not always in the clearest way). There is also free audio to go with the textbook over at CeLTIE (Indiana University). This kind of gives it an edge, in my eyes, over Tuldava's textbook.
Prantsis wrote: I feel now ready enough to have a first go at some novel...
Prantsis wrote:Thanks for the suggestions, and for this link that I didn't know.
Yet I don't think I'll start with Jaan Kross, unless you'd say it's suitable for a beginner.
Like I said before I ordered L nagu Lugemine, and I ordered too a couple more books. I think I'll start with this one. Very short stories, probably quite easy to read.
The other books are novels by Andrus Kivirähk (I've already read another one of his in French) and Indrek Hargla (I don't know at all). For both of them there are French translations available, so if need be I can do some parallel reading.
At this very moment all these books are still working their way from Estonia to France, and meanwhile I'm reading an Estonian translation of The Little Prince (that I've found in the depths of the internet).
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