Estonian at risk in IT and higher education
A recent study of the status of the Estonian language suggests that while the language's position is strong as an official language of both Estonia and the European Union, the future of Estonian is at risk in the fields of IT and higher education.
25.05.2017, Elisabeth KunglaPM
Choir leaders criticize Kõlvart's utterance
Choirmasters Vaike Uibopuu, Tiia-Ester Loitme, Hirvo Surva, and Laine Randjärv, as well as the lead conductor of this year's Youth Song and Dance Festival Heli Jürgenson find that the song festival is first and foremost a celebration of the Estonian people, and that Tallinn deputy mayor Mihhail Kõlvart shouldn't be the one to dictate its repertoire.
19.05.2017, Liis VelskerPM
Students looking at higher credit prices
Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ) is set to hike prices of credit points and abolish free curricula for foreign students from the new academic year.
23.01.2017, Tiina KaukverePM
Envy just 300 words from happiness
Fifteen years ago, linguist Ene Vainik asked Estonians about their feelings by asking them to name feelings like one would name fruits. “Cow,” one of the interviewees said after giving the matter some thought. A little later he also remembered “animal” and “meat”. Hot-blooded Estonians indeed.
17.10.2016, Riin AljasPM
Bus drivers already offered Finnish language courses
Among the Superbus staff forced to find a new job, bus driver Vladimir Gorbatovski has only good to say about the employer and is saddened indeed to see the cooperation ending.
26.07.2016, Cätriin VuksPM
Editorial: ethnic segregation. A worry for some while aimed at by othes
As shown by a scientific article published in Demographic Research, ethnic segregation by physical space is deepening in Estonia. Something to be vigilant about to avoid future difficulties.
Tallinn to increasingly speak Russian (1)
In 2000–2011, largest numbers of Estonians in Tallinn moved to Pelgulinn, Kalamaja and Pääsküla. Regarding Russians, they were most inclined to go live in Laagna, Mustakivi and Väike-Õismäe city districts. Among the suburbs, Estonians overwhelmingly looked towards Viimsi while Russians resettled in Maardu. Among those who left Tallinn, Estonians spread all over Estonia and Russians firstly chose East-Viru County, industrial towns and Tartu.
11.07.2016, Riin AljasPM
Ukrainian gynaecologist to leave Hiiumaa
A gynaecologist from Ukraine is leaving after four months of working at Hiiumaa Hospital, not having acclimatized with the island and the islanders not acclimatizing with him. Doctors will continue to take turns and visit from mainland Estonia.
13.04.2016, Anneli AmmasPM
Police to scrutinize all students from Bangladesh
Police suspects a number of students from Bangladesh in misuse of Estonian residence permits issued for studies and is therefore going to check all residence permits and visas.
29.02.2016, Tiina KaukverePM
Editorial: the tongue-tied condition politically permanent
In any corner of Estonia, everyday affairs are to be possible in Estonian. The requirement regards all state and local government agencies and departments. Also, national language must be available at private service sphere. For that, the state must provide support. Even so, playing around with requirements sends wrong signals, breeds misunderstanding and conflicts due to ignorance.
National language giving ground to Russian
Leading Estonian linguists and even transport business is troubled by sneak attack of Russian language into official services environment and think the increasingly public plans by politicians to support that is populist, demeaning and an embarrassing attempt to paper the problem over.
26.02.2016, Aivar PauPM
Oh to be embraced by Estonia ...
Six years ago a single mother from Moscow left Russia for good, in hopes to live happily in Estonia with her son. The young man is hardworking and talented, and a local through and through. And yet, despite all of their efforts, neither is officially Estonian yet.
18.01.2016, Priit PulleritsPM
Emotions the string pulling Estonians back home again
Estonians dwelling abroad think Compatriots Programme benefits to be vital when teaching their kids the native tongue and culture – the cord to Estonia that serves to bring people back in later years as shown by impact assessment.
18.12.2015, Liis VelskerPM
Finnish-Estonian film nominated for Golden Globe
Finnish-Estonian film «The Fencer» («Vehkleja»), which is also competing in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 88th Academy Awards, has been nominated for a Golden Globe in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
Mastering Estonian: two years will do
In an old manor some kilometers from the refugee center at the village of Vao there sits this tiny Kiltsi Basic School. While, at education ministry, preparations for educators regarding refugees is starting next year, in this school with 60 students this is already reality.
21.09.2015, Tiina KaukverePM
Survey: difficulty of identifying immigrants a major hazard
Survey ordered by interior ministry says strongest security threat related to intake of immigrants is entry of unidentified individuals.
23.07.2015, Helen MihelsonPM
Editorial: the glass looks half full, rather
For the most part, «integration» assumes a critical tone when pronounced in public space of Estonia. In studies, and real life especially, we see the desired processes actually in motion. Yep, not fast enough, perhaps. Sure, there’s steps to be taken, and some perhaps to avoid.
Teaching Estonian: the good, the bad and the ugly
As admitted by Estonians teaching at Russian schools, the level the official language is taught is largely up to headmaster and other school management. A motley scene, but not hopeless. And how could it be hopeless when over a quarter of Russian kids at basic schools takes «language immersion» or goes to an Estonian school altogether?
25.05.2015, Nils NiitraPM
Allowing doctors from abroad stirs emotions
A social ministry plan to ease rules for allowing foreign physicians to work in Estonia has encountered fierce resistance by professional associations who fear worsening of health care quality.
27.03.2015, Siiri LiivaPM
Estonian off the air ... or not
A couple of weeks ago, Riigikogu ratified a law whereby English only will be used in radio communication in Estonian airspace. Yesterday, the President proclaimed the Act, but before its entry into force officials are attempting to bring the Estonian language back by a new bill.
13.02.2015, Toomas RandloPM
Studying Chinese increasingly «in» at Estonian schools
Among the more exotic tongues taught to kids at Estonian schools one finds Hebrew, Chinese, Latin, Japanese and Italian. Alas, some exciting ones have disappeared – for many a year, schools of general education no longer offer studies of Swahili, Arabic and Romanian.
25.09.2014, Merike TederPM
Letter to the Editor: please answer in Estonian
One of the great things for a tourist visiting Estonia is how many people (particularly in the tourism and service industries) speak other languages fluently. This will particularly be on display as the peak tourist season begins and with the Song Festival taking place this summer, many more visitors will be flooding Estonia’s streets.
03.06.2014, Eva EnsmannPM
Estonian govt denies four Tallinn schools permission to teach in Russian
The Estonian government on Thursday denied permission to four Tallinn schools to conduct instruction in Russian at the upper secondary level as there are no real obstacles to teaching in Estonian.
Editorial: official language and language of officialdom
On Mother Tongue Day, we might as well spare a thought for differences within the language.