About the Karelian language

Livvi-Karelian language is a dialect of the Karelian language, a Finnic language closely related to Finnish. Karelian is very similar to the dialect of Finnish spoken in eastern Finland, and some linguists consider Karelian to be a dialect of Finnish rather than a separate language. Karelian is mainly spoken in the Russian Republic of Karelia. Livvi Karelian is spoken by the ‘Olonets Karelians’ in the southern part of Karelia, in the area between the Ladoga and Onega lakes. There are around 100,000 Karelian speakers, while around 31,000 of these are Livvi-Karelian speakers.

For more information on the Karelian language see the Wikipedia article on Karelian language and Omniglot Karelian.

Livvi Karelian language learning games

All Karelian games on Digital Dialects are free to use, do not require registration, and are suitable for kids and students of all ages. With thanks to Nadezhda Michurova for providing audio and advising on the creation of Karelian learning materials.

Karelian learning materials include:

Karelian numbers - 1-12, 13-20 and 0-100. Arithmetic games in which you add the Karelian words for numbers together to choose the correct answer.

Karelian phrases 1 and Karelian phrases 2 - basic communication with the most common salutations and greetings, and phrases for ordering food or asking directions.

Colors in Karelian - 11 words; the most common color vocabulary in the language.

Learn Karelian fruit and vegetables - 15 of the most useful words for Karelian fruit and vegetables in a simple quiz with audio.

Learn Karelian food and drinks - 15 questions at beginners level.

Days and months in Karelian - learn the seven days of the week and the 12 months of the year in a simple visual quiz that is suitable for kids and elementary students.

Vocabulary game 1 or Vocabulary game 2 - games with word lists and audio.

Learn Karelian animals - learn the words for animals and then play the game - 17 Karelian words.

Mobile and tablet games for Karelian - there are several games with audio on our Karelian for mobile pages including colors, numbers, phrases, animals, vocabulary.

Other Finno-Ugric languages on Digital Dialects include Hungarian language, Karelian language and Finnish language.


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