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photoblog image The Moomins ...in Estonian!!

The Moomins ...in Estonian!!

Estonian is an Finno-Ugric language closely related to Finnish spoken by about 1.1 million people in Estonia. The main difference between Estonian and Finnish is that Finnish has a lot of loan words from Swedish, while Estonian contains many words of German origin, plus some words from Russian, Latin, Greek and English. There is considerable mutual intelligibility between Estonian and Finnish.

The oldest examples of written Estonian are names, words, and phrases found in early 13th century chronicles. The earliest surviving longer text dates from the 16th century. An Estonian textbook first appeared in 1637. Ferdinand Johann Wiedemann published the comprehensive Estonian-German dictionary in 1869, and a grammar describing the Estonian language in 1875.

The Moomins ...in Estonian!!

Estonian is an Finno-Ugric language closely related to Finnish spoken by about 1.1 million people in Estonia. The main difference between Estonian and Finnish is that Finnish has a lot of loan words from Swedish, while Estonian contains many words of German origin, plus some words from Russian, Latin, Greek and English. There is considerable mutual intelligibility between Estonian and Finnish.

The oldest examples of written Estonian are names, words, and phrases found in early 13th century chronicles. The earliest surviving longer text dates from the 16th century. An Estonian textbook first appeared in 1637. Ferdinand Johann Wiedemann published the comprehensive Estonian-German dictionary in 1869, and a grammar describing the Estonian language in 1875.

comments (18)

Buy was I off!
Bill Phillips: Just a bit Larry
So Chris did have the correct answer, afterall.

I still would never have guessed the book was written in the Estonian language, though. Mr. Pig looks much more absorbed in reading about the Moomins in this shot, Bill.
Bill Phillips: Only because i told him beforehand that i was going to post this!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 7 Jun 2011, 06:45
Oh, Chris mentioned that yesterday! And look at Mr. Pig's eyes, he must be fascinated by this book and is almost 'buried' in this book -I hope this book has been translated in German - yes, there is a special historical relationship between the Baltic countries and Germany (not always a good one I have to admit!). Mir Pig is so cute, he could steal my heart!
Bill Phillips: I would imagine so Philine. It is something of a Children's classic and was also made into an animated TV series, (I think in the 70s)
  • Chris
  • England
  • 7 Jun 2011, 07:13
Knew it: what are you going to give him to read next?
Bill Phillips: Possibly War and Peace in Sanskrit
Never heard of the Moomins, clueless
Bill Phillips: A children's classic Marion. Weird and wonderful
On the TV News, probably 18 months ago, an Education Minister was being interviewed in a school classroom with children reading in the background. One child clearly being filmed was apparently busy reading her book but after a few moments realised that she had to turn the book the other way up to be able to actually read it.
Bill Phillips: That would be funny if it weren't indicative of a greater malaise
love it in B&W
Bill Phillips: Thank you Chantal, i thought you might
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 7 Jun 2011, 12:08
Cute capture, nice B&W
Bill Phillips: He is very expressive for a cross eyed pig
Perhaps he could read a few for me. I've hardly time to read these days and my stack is getting high.
Bill Phillips: I know what you mean I have a pile by the bed which at the rate I am going I will finish in about 2 years!
A new one on me but good to start the week of testing our brain power, mine seems to be receding quickly!
Bill Phillips: I came across this is a bag of donated books. The moomins used to be on TV, quirky and delightful
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 7 Jun 2011, 14:38
Well no wonder the poor beggar is going cross eyed!
Bill Phillips: I think he has reached a scary bit
Very good Bill.
Bill Phillips: Thasnks mick. I think i need to get out more
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 7 Jun 2011, 17:41
I thought the Moomins were a religious organisation with headquarters in Salt Lake City. Did you put this book on your shelf to impress visitors to make you think you educated? wink
Bill Phillips: would i do a thing like that? Actually it arrived in a bag of donated books. If anybody knows someone who speaks Estonian I would happily send it to them!
Loved reading Moomin Troll stories to the kids when they were little, so full of whimsical humour. I've worked with Finns, they are very much into Latinsmile
Bill Phillips: I remember the TV series but never read the books. My two were more into Winnie the Pooh and Thomas the tank enginegrin
I'm glad I didn't even guess!
Bill Phillips: Only tiff guessed, well he didn't really because I had already told him what I was going to do
Ha ha ha,I would never have guessed that!
Bill Phillips: Not something you see every day! Turned up in a bag of donated books!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 7 Jun 2011, 19:47
I see one tear in Mr. Pig's right eye - weeping for joy or for sympathy? I hope that Mr. Pig will read many books and that you will photograph his reading habit -it is a wonderful series -and Mr. Pig is such an amiable reader!
I would like to send this picture to my bookshop owner where I am used to buy my books, he knows all good children's books, and he likes to decorate his shopwindows in a beautiful way.
Bill Phillips: I think Mr Pig looks as if he has just read a scary bit!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Jun 2011, 02:47
Cripes...thanks, Bill...good to have this to slip into a conversation today...
Bill Phillips: It is a conversation stopper if ever there was one Ray

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