Non-Degree / Dates: 15 July - 2 August 2024

The Non-Dictionary Estonian course offers an immersive exploration of the Estonian language, focusing on practical communication skills beyond what conventional dictionaries can provide. Designed for learners seeking fluency and cultural integration, this course delves into colloquialisms, idiomatic expressions, and nuanced language usage essential for everyday interactions.

Led by experienced instructors deeply rooted in Estonian culture and language, this course combines traditional teaching methods with modern language learning techniques. Through interactive lectures, group discussions, and hands-on activities, students will develop a comprehensive understanding of Estonian language nuances, enabling them to navigate real-life situations confidently.

Whether you’re a newcomer to Estonia or a long-term resident looking to deepen your understanding of the language and culture, the Non-Dictionary Estonian course offers a dynamic and immersive learning experience. By embracing the nuances of everyday language usage, students will emerge with a heightened ability to communicate effectively and authentically in Estonian society.

Key topics covered include:

  • Idiomatic Expressions: Learn commonly used idioms and expressions that enrich communication and reflect Estonian cultural values.
  • Colloquial Language: Explore informal language variations used in everyday conversations, including slang, regional dialects, and informal greetings.
  • Cultural Context: Gain insights into the cultural context behind language usage, including social etiquette, customs, and traditions unique to Estonia.
  • Practical Communication Skills: Develop practical language skills necessary for various scenarios, such as socializing, shopping, dining, and navigating public transport.
  • Role-Playing and Simulations: Engage in role-playing exercises and simulations to practice real-life communication scenarios, receiving personalized feedback from instructors.

Why take this course?

  • Cultural understanding: help students understand the role of spoken  in formal fast speech language in  culture and society, as well as its impact on communication.

  • “Self-defense” and understanding: provide students with the knowledge and tools to recognize  insulting language  and youth slang so that they can avoid unwanted situations.

  • Vocabulary expansion: consider  words and expressions as part of the richness of the Estonian language, helping students better understand their meanings.

  • Use in context: teach students how to use swear words and phrases in context and when they may be appropriate.


Miina Puusepp is a certified Estonian language teacher and has a degree in Adult Psychology and a Master’s from Leuven University. She has been teaching Estonian at Tallinn Summer School for more than ten years. She is currently working on her unrecognised stand-up career.


The course can be taken as an “after-class” course in addition to other courses.

July 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31 (Mondays and Wednesdays) at 16-17.30.


The course is open for all students of Estonian from level B1.

Credit points

1 ECTS. Participants should participate in at least 75% of classes to get the certificate and transcript of records.

Course fee

120 EUR

NB! Accommodationcultural programme and meals are not included in the price.