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Invite Your Friend to Sing in the Estonian Language!

The first worldwide week of the Estonian language keelEST is celebrated on 23–29 September. The Centre of Multilingual Education and Language Immersion Methodology of the Foundation Innove is joining the Estonian Institute’s initiative to teach the whole world some Estonian during the keelEST week.  We offer a simple and exciting way of language learning: the singing language shower!

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Nowadays around a thousand people study Estonian abroad either in universities or in language schools. At the same time a lot of Estonians living abroad also cherish and keep their mother tongue for their descendants. Organisers of the Estonian language week would like to reach out to three million people who are expected to learn to say a few words or phrases in Estonian during the upcoming week.

Language shower is one of the forms of CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning). In the case of language shower, foreign language learning takes just around 10 minutes a day, but the learning itself is very intense. The aim of the language shower is to become aware of existence of other languages and cultures, to spark the person’s interest towards a foreign language, and to give the person the experience of what it feels like to pronounce letters, words, and phrases in Estonian.

One simple way to implement language shower is to sing. The singing language shower means getting acquainted with a foreign language through singing karaoke in this language. Here are some great examples of the singing language shower: pupils of Pelgulinna Secondary School sing in the Russian, Seto, and Latvian languages.

We invite all the non-Estonian speakers in Estonia and around the world to participate in the singing language shower, i.e. sing in Estonian every day of the Estonian language week!

We have chosen a suitable song which is „Kui tuju on mõnus“ (music by Raivo Kõrgemägi, lyrics in the Finnish language by Irma Ilona Polari, the Estonian adaptation by Leelo Tungal).  When listening to the song for the first time, a non-Estonian speaker will understand the message of the Estonian song with the help of the video. However, by the end of the week the person will have learned a dozen Estonian words by heart!

Kui tuju on mõnus, siis tralliga
ma tervitan kõiki kalli-kalliga!
Eks taatki meil kallista memmekest
ja isa eks kaelusta emmekest.

Chorus: Kalli-kalli mu issile,
kalli-kalli ja musi emmele,
kalli-kalli mu kaisukarule,
kalli-kalli meile kõigile.

Küll oleks see tore – ja tõesti: miks ei
võiks liiklejaid emmata politsei?
Ja autojuht jalameest kallistaks,
teeks kondibuketile kalli-kalli paks.

Chorus: Kalli-kalli mu issile,
kalli-kalli ja musi emmele,
kalli-kalli mu kaisukarule,
kalli-kalli meile kõigile.

Ning juuksur las kallistab karvaseid
ja kiilaspea enese sarnaseid.
Kõik tohtrid las emmata põduraid
ja sõdurid võõramaa sõdureid.

Chorus: Kalli-kalli mu issile,
kalli-kalli ja musi emmele,
kalli-kalli mu kaisukarule,
kalli-kalli meile kõigile.

We would like to reach out to thousands of people who would learn to say something heart-warming in Estonian by singing this song.  You can also help – please share the invitation to your non-Estonian speaking friends, acquaintances, and colleagues!

You can read more about the Estonian language week keelEST here: https://estinst.ee/uleilmne-eesti-keele-nadal-ehk-eesti-keele-teeme-ara/

You can read more about content and language integrated learning here: https://www.innove.ee/oppevara-ja-metoodikad/keelekumblus/loimitud-aine-ja-keeleope-lak-ope/

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