10 Challenging Estonian Tongue Twisters – Can You Handle Them?!

On 14 March we celebrate Mother Tongue Day, which marks the birthday of Kristjan Jaak Peterson, one of the founding fathers of the Estonian poetic tradition. This day was first recognized as a national holiday in 1999. It is now celebrated not only in Estonia but in many Estonian Houses, schools, and universities all around the world.

There are already over 7 billion people living on this planet. Today, Estonian is spoken natively by about 1.1 million people: 922,000 people in Estonia and 160,000 outside Estonia. If you would like to be different, then just learn this beautiful language by heart. If you are interested in this language and would like to hear more about it – we invite you to take part of Mother Tongue Day conference “The Language of this Land”, which will take place at the University of Tartu main building on 12 March at 13:00–17:00. Participation in the conference is free for everyone. Click here for more information.

To celebrate upcoming Mother Tongue Day, we have come up with 10 challenging tongue twisters. As many of you already know, the Estonian language can be extremely hard to learn by heart and some of our words are real tongue twisters. So don’t worry about failing – some of these phrases aren’t easy even for Estonians.

Before accepting this challenging task, check out our previous tongue twisters and warm yourself up!

Here they are – can you handle them? Leave a comment below!

1. Kuulilennuteetunneliluuk

2. Tagavararehepeksumasin

3. Jüriöö ülestõus

4. Seitsmepenikoormasaapad

5. Kruvikeeraja keerme keere

6. Ööbik siristas öös tsirr tsirr 

7. Anna õlu üle Ülo õe õla

8. Sidrunikreem

9. Õigekeelsussõnaraamat

10. Head emakeelepäeva!

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