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Estonian or eesti keel [ˈeːsti ˈkeːl] is a Finnic language spoken primarily in Estonia. Estonian is very closely related to Finnish, and the two languages are somewhat mutually intelligible.

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The Estonian alphabet consists of most of the letters of the Latin in addition to some with diacritics. The letters and their sounds are given below:

Letter Sound
A / a [ɑː]
B / b [b]
D / d [t]
E / e [e]
F / f [f]
G / g [g]
H / h [h]
I / i [i]
J / j [j]
K / k [k]
L / l [l]
M / m [m]
N / n [n]
O / o [o]
P / p [p]
R / r [r]
S / s [s]
Š / š [ʃ]
Z / z [z]
Ž / ž [ʒ]
T / t [t]
U / u [u]
V / v [v]
Õ / õ [ɤ]
Ä / ä [æ]
Ö / ö [ø]
Ü / ü [y]

The letters F, Š, Z, and Ž are only used in loan words. Also note that the letters C, Q, W, X, and Y can also be used in loan words, but they are not part of the official alphabet.

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