How to use the definite article in Estonian

You want to learn how to use the definite article in Estonian? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Estonian lessons complete with useful examples. The apple, the house, the book... we'll teach you about the Estonian definite article in a simple, clear and enjoyable way.

The Estonian definite article

The definite article is what we call the word 'the' in English. The English definite article 'the' does not exist in Estonian. Unlike English, a noun on its own can be considered definite without the need for a specific word to show this.

Examples

lind
the bird
mees
the man
tool
the chair
poeg
the son
õun
the apple
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Estonian is closely related to Finnish. If you are planning on doing some travelling, learning Estonian would be a great way to make the most of your trip.

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Basic words and phrases in Estonian

Learn to get by in Estonian with these useful words and phrases. We'll begin by learning some basic Estonian phrases which you can use for everyday communication.

Häid jõule.
Merry Christmas.
Palju õnne sünnipäevaks.
Happy birthday.
Palju õnne!
Congratulations.
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Step 4 : The definite article in Estonian

The definite article is what we call the word the in English. The definite article is used with nouns in English (the book, the chair, the door etc.). Using the nouns raamat, kateeder and uks (book, chair, door) which you learned in Step 3, learn how to use each noun with the definite article. This is easy in Estonian, because in Estonian, there is no definite article. So the word raamat can mean book or the book, the word kateeder can mean chair or the chair and the word uks can mean door or the door. You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about the definite article in Estonian including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the definite article with the Estonian nouns raamat, kateeder and uks, you're ready to move on to Step 5 (the plural in Estonian).

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