Famous North Americans of Estonian Descent

  • Lois Kahn (architect)
  • Annie Leibovitz (photographer)
  • Mark Kalev Kostabi (artist)
  • Mena Suvari (actress)
  • Steve Jurvetson (venture capitalist, early Hotmail investor)
  • Endel Tulving (neuroscientist)
  • lse Lehiste (linguist)

Made in Estonia: start-ups of international fame:

  • Skype
  • Transferwise
  • Grabcad
  • Erply
  • Pipedrive

Estonians well known in the world today

  • Arvo Pärt (world’s most performed living composer)
  • Kerli (singer-songwriter)
  • Mord Fustang, electro house & dubstep(producer, DJ)
  • Paavo Järvi, Anu Tali (conductors)
  • Karmen Pedaru, Carmen Kass (supermodels)
  • Baruto Kaito-Kaido Höövelson (Japanese sumo champion)

Learn these everyday phrases!

  • Welcome: Tere tulemast!
  • Hello (General greeting): Tere!
  • How are you?: Kuidas läheb?
  • I'm fine, thanks. And you?: Pole viga. Aga sinul (informal)/ teil (formal)?
  • What's your name?:
  • Mis su nimi on? (informal) or
  • Kuidas teie nimi on? (formal)
  • Pleased to meet you: Meeldiv tutvuda.
  • Morning greeting: Tere hommikust!
  • Afternoon greeting: Tere päevast!
  • Evening greeting: Tere õhtust!
  • Nighttime parting phrase: Head ööd!

Why Learn A World Language?

  • In the increasingly globalized world, the knowledge of a world language becomes an indispensable skill important not only for individual enrichment, but also for the broadening employment opportunities.

  • According to a study from the University of Chicago, knowledge of a world language helps you boost decision-making skills.

  • Students who study world languages score higher on standardized tests, as a study from York University in Toronto showed. Students who study a world language for at least one year score an average of 38 points higher on the SATs.

  • Knowledge of a world language increases your chances of landing a good job, as the recent poll of The Economist showed. An MIT study shows that people who know two or more languages earn an average of $128,000 more over their lifetimes.

  • Learning a second language has compelling health benefits, as suggested by a study from York University in Toronto that connects prevention of the onset of dementia with foreign language learning.