Anyone volunteering for Estonian in the Incubator?

Of all the languages people have expressed interest in on here, I have seen almost no talk of Estonian. Do you know if anyone has applied to contribute to any course involving Estonian yet?

(Unfortunately, I am a mere student of this language, and certainly not at a level where I could help out.)

March 2, 2014


I'm happy to help, Native Estonian speaker here

January 16, 2016

Hi, just to let you know I've also applied to help out with Estonian for English speakers. Fingers crossed.

April 8, 2016

Väga hea! :-)

(Do Estonians also hold up their thumbs for good luck, as Finns do, or press their thumbs in their fists like Germans or cross their fingers like the English? And what is it called in Estonian?)

April 8, 2016

Haha, kusjuures ma ei tea kuidas eestlased pöialt hoiavad. Ei ole seal tükk aega elanud aga oleks arvanud et pöial rusikas pigem :)

April 8, 2016

pöial rusikas on kindlasti õigem. tegelik väljend on "pöidlad pihku!" ja "kellelegi pöialt hoidma". ;) seega pöidlad pihku ja loodame, et Est-eng kursus sünnib peatselt! :)

April 28, 2016

Tere! I'd just like to express my interest in an Estonian-English pairing -- I'm moving to live and study in Tallinn next year!

August 28, 2014

I want the Estonian course here so much, more than any other! I've been learning the language for a year and I really like it.

June 2, 2016

Has there been any update on this?

January 21, 2016

Nope, there hasn't.

But there normally isn't -- when Duolingo picks a language pair and a couple of moderators to start working on the course, they do that behind the scenes, and then the course just pops into the Incubator.

In some instances, Duolingo management have mentioned or alluded to upcoming courses, and in others, the chosen moderators have mentioned it just before it happens, but often there is no news beforehand.

January 21, 2016

Hi Annika thank you for clarifying. However i did not get if it ll come or not the course. Really looking forward to learning Estonian.

January 24, 2016

The thing is, nobody knows. Probably the course will be made at some point in the future, but whether it will happen within 6 months or 5 or 10 years -- no idea.

January 24, 2016

Thank you for answering. Do you have any idea how else can we push or press to get it??

January 24, 2016

Sorry, but I don't. If I knew, there would already be a Finnish course on here! :-)

January 24, 2016

I would definitely be interested in an Estonian course for English speakers if/when it becomes available.

June 9, 2016


there has been odd rumors about the Slovenian-Estonian language pair some weeks ago, but we never heard back from the guy ;-) I sent this website to some Estonians, asking to contribute and apply for the incubator.

March 2, 2014

Aitäh for your answer! :-) Slovenian<-->Estonian would indeed be an exotic combination.

I guess the resounding silence, but for your comment, speaks volumes...

March 3, 2014

This would be such an interesting and amazing combination!

April 1, 2017

I could contribute to English - Estonian! Make it happen!

January 6, 2017

Hi Everyone - You may have seen that UNHCR Northern Europe is starting a Flashcard project in conjunction with Duolingo. We need Estonian speakers to help us translate basic words. You can read more about the project here:$comment_id=14241141

If you have any comments, please response in the thread I linked. That way this thread can focus on the Estonian language and not get distracted by the project!

Looking forward to working with you,

David (UNHCR Northern Europe).

March 14, 2016


May 29, 2018

I want to learn this one.

May 10, 2016

I'd be interested in Estonian as well!

May 12, 2016

I would love to learn Estonian in Duolingo!

June 15, 2016

I also would love an Estonian course!

June 24, 2016

Man, I would love for there to be Estonian on here. After learning about Estonia in my geography and world cultures class, I've really come to be fascinated by its mix of Scandinavian and Eastern European. Hopefully Estonian gets included!

August 29, 2016

I have applied to contribute to English-Estonian and Estonian-English. They sent a letter promsising to let me know if and when they would need me. I hope they will...

March 28, 2017

I got that message regarding Finnish more than 3 years ago, so I'm afraid holding one's breath may be inadvisable. :-S

March 28, 2017

I have applied for Estonian for English speakers too. As an Estonian living in the UK, I have so many friends who would love to learn Estonian but find there are close to no resources online, making it impossible for them. It's sad..

July 24, 2018

Hey, may I contact you about the Estonian language? I would really like to learn it.

June 3, 2019

I did a Estonian-English course a month ago, and I have not received anything

July 3, 2016

Tere! Would love to see this course, as I'm learning this amazing language on Memrise, but I'd love to see it in Duolingo quality. I'm also learning Norwegian here, on Duolingo, and I sure learned a lot. I'd like to apply for the Estonian course, but I just started learning, so I'm afraid I wouldn't help much. Also waiting for Finnish!

November 15, 2016

I would love to learn Estonian via Duolingo :)

January 28, 2019

I have applied for Estonian-English and reverse (as a native Estonian) a few days back. Still haven't got any feedback. I think Estonian-German and reverse would also be possible.

March 3, 2014

Yay! Suur tänu! I hope you get chosen to build a course. :-)

Estonian<-->German would be great, as well. I agree that there would be many potential contributors and users for that one, too.

March 3, 2014

Suur-suur tänu. I'm sure Russian <--> Estonian would also be popular due to the large Russian population in Estonia, but I would love to see English <--> Estonian first!

July 3, 2014

KINDLASTI! For sure!

October 25, 2016

My mother belongs to that large Russian population in Estonia. :) Unfortunately, she does not speak Estonia so very well. We speak Russian at home.

I would be really interested in taking this Estonian <--- Russian course, should the opportunity arise.

September 18, 2017

How do you learn hindi?

June 3, 2016

I'm not learning it at the moment, but the course was available for a little bit (by accident) a couple of months ago.

June 3, 2016


June 4, 2016

Did you have any luck with the Estonian - English? I can't speak a word but would love to learn a close friend is Estonian

January 2, 2016

I could contribute, I am a native speaker. I am learning Swedish currently and I love Duolingo. Would love to see Estonian course here as well.

November 22, 2016

I would like an English/Estonian class. I have many friends in Estonia and have traveled there often.

December 25, 2016

I'd be ready to help, too. I am native speaker.

January 4, 2017

Please!!! I want to learn Estonian :(

January 25, 2017

I would love to learn Estonian on duolingo! I've been trying to teach myself with various resources, but would absolutely love to learn it in this format! Thank you to everyone who is trying to make it happen!

October 21, 2017

I'd be more than happy to contribute when Duolingo officially decides to proceed with the Estonian course, as I'm a native speaker.

November 4, 2017

I would love it!

November 11, 2017

I'd love to see this. Hopefully eventually they will go forward with Estonian.

November 19, 2017

I'm not volunteering as I can't speak a word of Estonian, but I support this 100% :D

December 14, 2017

I am a native Estonian speaker I have applied to do an Estonian course. I would like a lot if here would be an Estonian course. Hope that I can start making one soon!

January 27, 2018

I am interested in a potential Estonian course. I've sung in Estonian a few times, and a DuoLingo course would be very helpful for the next time that happens.

November 23, 2018

I really want to learn estonian! There is not a lot information about this language on Internet.

March 19, 2018

I'd like Estonian as well. As a Finn it would be fun to for once learn a language similar to my own. It would be fun to see how much similarities and differences there are.

February 18, 2019

As a native speaker, I could help out with Estonian if there's a need!:) I'd love to see Estonian language here, so my friends could learn it too:)

April 17, 2019

I think I applied in early days of the Incubator site. I would be glad to contribute - being a navtive Estonian who lives in England since 2000 and works for American company even longer than that.

July 9, 2014

I applied again for both Estonian-English and English-Estonian a week ago. I'll see if anything will come of it.

July 19, 2014

I applied as well! Would you do it again Chris_Grey? Kas sa varasematest aplikatsioonidest mingit vastust oled üldse saanud muidu?

May 6, 2016

I applied in 2013 October and still got the email. It said: "Hi,

We’re excited for your interest in participating in this monumental project, and we wanted to give you an update on our progress. We’ve received thousands of applications, and we have started accepting a small number of moderators in a few select languages. We plan to get back to you over the next few weeks as we gradually add more languages, moderators and contributors.

Our plan is to ramp up slowly so that we can make sure we get this just right.

Thank you for all of your support and patience!"

But I haven't heard anything since. Not sure if I should re-apply or not!

August 2, 2016

please re-apply! there are even langauges like klingon in the incubator now and still no estonian, would really love an estonian duolingo course.

January 17, 2017

Please do. I'm really hoping for an Estonian course on here and I've been waiting ages.

January 17, 2017

Any luck?

January 2, 2016

Can you retry?

September 15, 2016

Cris_Grey, is there anyway (outside of Email of course) could talk with you to try and work on Estonian in the future? Thank you

July 20, 2018

How is it going with the Estonian courses?

May 6, 2019

I have a half-Estonian friend who would probably be interested. I probably will too, given how rich its vowel system is and how Estonia has the highest rate of atheists in the world. And it’s the homeland of Skype.

July 5, 2016

I'd like

July 9, 2016

I support Estonian to English. Please do this course!

March 26, 2017

As a Finn, I wanna learn about my Estonian neighbours' language.

April 17, 2017

Tervist! Hea meelega lööks isegi kaasa eesti keele kursuse loomisel aga hetkel pole õrna aimugi kuidas see välja näeks.

April 17, 2017

I LOVE EESTI! i am estonian and i would love this course

May 27, 2017

+1, very interesting language

March 11, 2018

Support for Eesti in 2020! Tere!

May 20, 2019

I applied just a few moments ago (Estonian-English, could do Swedish too?), when I saw another post calling for duolingo to add Estonian!

June 5, 2019

Bring Estonian to Duolingo

June 8, 2019

äkki peaks kõik eestlased kampa võtma ja korraga trügima hakkama duolingot, et see eesti-inglise puu ükskord alguse saaks? :) mis te arvate ;)

November 23, 2015

So, it doesn't look like there will be an Estonian course soon. In the meantime, are some Estonians interested in creating some decks for: Tinycards, the new app from duolingo?

August 3, 2016

Do you need an iPhone to do that?

August 11, 2016


October 25, 2016

i wish i could learn estonian

September 13, 2016

Don't forget Estonian-Spanish! There are also some Spanish-speaking people who want to learn this beautiful language.

September 19, 2016

Tere! I guess there hasn't been any progress that people know of about an Estonian course for english speakers... I'd be very interested in learning the course if it became available, since I have some close friends in Estonia and would love to be able to speak even a little Estonian when I visit!

November 17, 2016

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    Definitely want an estonian course.

    March 8, 2018

    Same, I'm not an expert in it, but I would LOVE a course in Estonian! I really hope they make one.

    July 2, 2019

    (minu klaviatuuril tapitahti pole) viimased kommentaarid on aastavanused loodan et eestikeel lisatakse (my keyboard has no umlauts) the last comments are a year old hoping estonian gets added

    September 14, 2019

    Nevermind didn't think new comments go to the bottom

    September 14, 2019

    Quite a while ago I was also putting my hand up as a native Estonian speaker for English-Estonian at least. Never heard back from them sadly.

    January 6, 2017

    Duolingo needs to add Estonian asap. After doing some extensive research on the country and talking to native Estonians, I've decided I need to learn this. Can we get a petition or something?

    August 30, 2017

    If you are a beginner (and even if you're not), you might enjoy the free Estonian mini course offered by Lingvist. Their other courses are much more extensive, but this is a special thing built for Estonia's upcoming 100 year anniversary.

    August 30, 2017

    Funny you say that! I'm actually doing that right now. I was talking to one of my friends on Tumblr about wanting to learn Estonian, and they pointed me in that direction. I have to admit it is actually quite fun. Even though it's not as in depth as I'd like it to be, it'll be good enough until Duolingo adds it.

    September 1, 2017

    Tere! I tend to recommend Keeleklikk ( for learners of Estonian. Mainly because it is in fact sponsored by the EU and the Estonian Kultuurminesteerium (~culture department) I have used it myself for a while, together with a course on memrise ("Estonian Vocab for Beginners"). Sadly, I found that I don't have the time for Estonian at the moment. Not right now. However, when I tried it, it feelt quite professional and "friendly". IThe pace was perfect for me.

    Not that I only tested the Estonian course for Russian speakers at that site, since my mother's Russian and I know the language fairly well, so I can't say anything about the course of English speakers. However, I would imagine that course being at least as good as the one for Russian speakers, if not better. ;)

    September 20, 2017

    Eesti keel on väga lõbu keel.

    I would very much love an Estonian course. My mother's from Estonia, but due to her belonging to the Russian minority in Estonia, she does not know Estonia so very well. She has since moved to Sweden with me and my father, so we only speak Swedish and Russian at home. However, I would very much appreciate such a course and would immediatly start learning. :)

    Suur-suur aitäh for bringing attention to this!

    September 18, 2017

    Tere! Have you had a look at the free mini course offered by Lingvist? It might be too easy for someone who already knows some Estonian, but it's has some nice words and information about Estonia in it.

    September 20, 2017

    No, I have not actually tried Lingvist. It's maybe something to dig in too. They have German course I see, which would perhaps interest me. Tänan, Annika! :) By the way, are you Swedish? Förresten, nu när jag tänker på det, måste väl någon som heter Annika Å vara svensk? Bokstaven Å är inte så väldigt populär i några andra språk förutom svenskan, har jag fått berättat för mig. ;) Eller är du kanske från Finland? I beskrivning står du är "incubator candidate for FIN", så jag antar att du kan lite finska.

    Själv är jag halvsvensk och halvryss. ;) Trevligt att träffas!

    September 20, 2017

    Хаха, да, я финка ))) Men en tvåspråkig sådan, så jag har t.ex. gått i skola på svenska. Ja nüüd ma õpin siin natuke vene keelt ja rahvaülikoolis eesti keelt.

    I've done the whole set of French words on Lingvist, which was really useful for expanding my vocabulary in order to read real novels. But now I'm dragging my feet continuing with their Spanish and Russian sets, because it's not as much fun and games as Duolingo... But both the website and the app are nicely designed and work really well, so you should give them a try! It will probably become payable at some point, so it's worth using it now when it's still free...

    September 21, 2017

    Или может быть Вы русская? Анна - это как-то звучит по-русски.

    September 20, 2017


    November 24, 2017

    Tere!! hopefully this helps some of you :)

    March 8, 2018
    March 8, 2018

    While we're waiting for this to happen I thought it might help to list some websites/other resources:

    1. Speakly (basically a flashcard site) has an Estonian course with native audio and some listening exercises (this is a paid resource).
    2. WordDive also has an Estonian course, again it is basically a flashcard site with native speaker audio (also paid).
    3. Memrise (obviously) has some community courses for Estonian... though none are of particularly good quality.
    4. Teach yourself and Routledge colloquial both have estonian courses - the audio for both is FREE online.
    5. Keeleklikk and Keeletee are two FREE government sponsored online video based courses - the site is pretty awful, only really works on desktop in particular browsers (firefox works fine) and is full of glitches. However they do have a lot of pretty decent video comprehension exercises along with a range of pretty useless videos where they 'explain' grammar...
    6. If you're looking for more advanced listening practice then Raadioteater ERR is an app which has estonian readings of a whole range of short stories.
    7. If you're looking for Estonian TV shows then Alpimaja is maybe ok-ish.

    Anyone got any more good alternatives? Let me now...

    April 4, 2019

    Is there anybody who I can contact for learning this?

    June 3, 2019

    My family came to the states from Estonia, and I would love the chance to learn my grandmothers language.

    August 2, 2019
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