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Estonian

A representative of the Finno-Ugric language group, known already since the 8th century, is related to Hungarian and Finish, to which it is also similar. Estonian might have been influenced by the seven century long reign of other countries, such as Poland, Sweden, Denmark or Russia, the greatest influence was caused by Low German and German Baltic dialects.

The modern Estonian is based on the northern mutation, mainly thanks to the first translation of the Bible that spread this dialect very quickly. Estonian intellectual set plans to make Estonian a European cultural language in the 20th century. This was made hard by the annexing to the USSR after the 2nd World War, nevertheless, the original intention was kept and the use of standard Estonian became a strong display of national identity and opposition towards the Soviet government.

Interesting thing to note about Estonian are the short, middle and long vowels, including consonants; grammar is rather complicated, as it is based on “gluing” morphemes together (agglutination language), but at the same time it has inflective words. It uses 14 grammatical cases that are based on strong and weak gradation.