Learning the basics of the Estonian language is not considered easy for speakers of Indo-European languages, but a free, online course launched last week is offering some hope for the Eesti-impaired and has already attracted hundreds of sign-ups.
Keeleklikk, which translates to "Language Click," is a video and animation-heavy course designed to bring learners up to an elementary level of proficiency, or A2 level. Users can work at their own pace and are also given the option to have one-on-one contact with a teacher who can correct homework assignments and return them by e-mail.
As of March 18, its fifth day of operation, the program had chalked up 480 registered users and roughly 1,000 had viewed the demo version, Liis Uiboupin, a project manager for Keeleklikk's developer Chiron Media, told ERR News.
Its Russian-based version, launched a year earlier, currently has 12,000 active users, according to a press release from the Ministry of Education.
The ministry finances the project in cooperation with the European Social Fund.
The course consists of 16 units and roughly 1,200 exercises. Only the first three units are currently available. The remainder are scheduled to roll out this year and next, the ministry said in its release.