For seven years already, there has been an opportunity to test your knowledge of Estonian by participating in Tallinn Day’s traditional dictation. This year, things are a bit different – this time, the dictation was hosted by the City of Tallinn online.
„Due to the current circumstances, celebrating Tallinn Day as we have used to, is sadly not possible,“ said the Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart. „But what we can do, is continue on with the tradition by valuing the history of the city and being a member of the community right here in Tallinn,“ added Kõlvart.
The Mayor continued that it is hoped that both students and adults will test their knowledge via taking part of the e-dictation this year. „The topic and the final text of the dictation has always been about Estonian literature, culture and the history of Tallinn. This time, the dictation is dedicated to some legendary Tallinners, Jaan Kross and Georg Ots. Both were born 100 years ago, this will also be celebrated in 2020,“ noted Kõlvart. „This time, the current emergency situation has offered the organisers of the Tallinn Day a lot of inspiration in trying out new solutions – as said, the dictation is hosted online. This allows people from all across the country and the world participate in the challenge.“
Tallinn TV will be broadcasting the event live on the Facebook page of Tallinn, Youtube and on the official page of the e-dictation. This time, the text is proclaimed by the beloved actor Märt Avandi.
Tallinn Day e-dictation is hosted by Tallinn Education Department in cooperation with the Estonian language teachers of Tallinn’s municipal schools. Preparatory online lessons that explained the rules of Estonian were also offered, the videos have been made available until May 15.
The tradition was initiated already in 2013 by the current Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart, who was then serving as a Deputy Mayor. The aim of the event is to offer an opportunity to test your knowledge and learn something new about Tallinn. The dictation has been written at Tallinn University, Kosmos cinema and Vabaduse Square during the previous years and the text has been proclaimed by popular writers – Andrus Kivirähk, Jan Kaus and others, as well as Kelly Sildaru and musician Reket.
Already last year, those interested in the Estonian language could take part in the Tallinn Day dictation from anywhere in the world, live coverage of the event was available for everyone to watch.