Learning Estonian, Sesame Street style (5)
The learning aid doubles as an automaat- or iseteenindav bensiinijaam (self-serve gas station), although the term bensiinijaam is a bit antiquated and long and is more often referred to as a tankla, or place where you fill your tank. This has resulted in the prevalence of the verb tankima: Lähme tangime Seitsmes. – Let's go fill 'er up at Seven.
A series of large, green kaheksad (eights) are rumoured to be going up in the large industrial centres of Ida-Virumaa soon. Üheksa (nine) is also no easy number to remember, just ask any Estonian 2-year-old.
Photo and text: RIINA KINDLAM, Tallinn