|Elu on väärt elamist - Life is Worth Living|
Let me tell you, Estonian is quite an amazing language. Funny and beautiful at the same time. My boyfriend thinks it's like a more cheerful version of Finnish :)
Finnish and Estonia belong to the same Finno-Ugric language group, but they are not mutually intelligible. As a Finnish-speaker I can understand some things, but most of the time I'm out in the blue, all puzzled about what is going on around me.
Take for instance the following sentences:
- How are you? Estonian: kuidas sinul läheb? Finnish: Mitä sinulle kuuluu?
- I don't understand. Estonian: ma ei saa aru. Finnish: minä en ymmärrä.
- Thank you very much. Estonian: tänan väga. Finnish: kiitos paljon.
- Life is worth living. Estonian: elu on väärt elamist. Finnish: elämä on elämisen arvoinen.
In general, I must admit that I know shamelessly little about both the Estonian language and culture. For a country that is so close, its history, culture, language and literature are surprisingly far away. I will definitely try to improve my knowledge in the area.
A tip for you who are unfamiliar with Finnish and Estonian literature: the Finnish writer Sofi Oksanen (her mother is Estonian) has written a couple of internationally acknowledged novels, which pay attention to issues relating to Estonia.