Estonia

Flying the Estonian flag on Arvo Pärt’s birthday

To celebrate the greatest living contemporary composer, I’d like to fly an Estonian flag on his birthday. But it falls on a day when I should be flying an American flag instead.

Estonian 2 Kroon bills for fun

I paid $1.88 for a 2 Krooni from Estonia. The Kroon is—was—Estonian’s form of currency. The word “kroon” translates to “crown”. (Kroon is singular, Krooni is plural. Please excuse me if I use the wrong form in this post.) Paying $1.88 for a 2 Kroon bill sounds like a deal, right? Yeah, I’m pretty much …

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Estonian man makes an ice carousel

A man in Estonia spends hours cutting a circle in the bay ice, inserts a boat motor into a hole to make the circle spin.

Learning one new foreign language word every day for a year

My method of learning new words in another language: repetition This is how I’m thinking of doing it: Method #1: repetition Have Google Translate translate an English word into another language. In this case, Google translated “great” into the Estonian “suurepärane”. Here’s how it sounds on Google. Click the audio button 20 times. Enter repetition! …

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Estonia exhibit in Chicago Daley Plaza: June 2-5, 2019

Two of my favorite things have crossed roads. The Chicago Picasso and Estonia. While walking to work on a Monday morning, a giant photo Arvo Pärt (the Estonian composer) greeted me right by the Chicago Picasso. Wow! What is this?! It’s an exhibit about Estonia—right in the heart of Chicago! A wonderful public exhibit you …

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Saskia Alusalu, Carlijn Schoutens, Mark Engel, Mae Berenice Meite, Elizabet Tursynbaeva, Taylor Henrich

Olympic athletes that play the violin

Which Olympic athletes that play the violin? Six athletes from the 2018 Winter Olympics list playing the violin as one of their hobbies. Spanning countries of Estonia, USA, Canada, France, and Kazakhstan, they include a flag bearer and a bronze medal winner! 1. Saskia Alusalu The first one on our list is Saskia Alusalu, the flag …

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How to count to ten in Estonian and Ewokese

Learn how to count to ten in Ewokese, or Estonian. Which is which? One language is spoken by short furry creatures on the Forest Moon of Endor. The other language is spoken by Finnic people in the Baltic region of Northern Europe. One language is based on Chalmuk, a Mongolian, nomadic tribal dialect. The other …

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Can I speak Estonian?

Ma ei räägi eesti keelt, mida mälu. Ma ei oska eesti keelt läbi Google Translate. Minu murre on Google Translate murre Eesti. Võin rääkida iga töö Eesti Google Translate olemasolu. Minu väga sõnad siin on tõend selle kohta vööri alla, enne kui me tegelikult. For those who want to read this in English.

Arvo Pärt versus Vanilla Ninja in Estonian music smackdown

Take a look at the results for musicians tagged Estonian on last.fm and you’ll get quite an interesting combo for the first two results. Girl band Vanilla Ninja appears right next to sacred minimialist Arvo Pärt. Even the very photos of both are so contrasting. I’d love to see these two get together and make …

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