I have been trying to, on and off, learn Estonian for almost 6 years now (2021). One of the frustrating things has been that I wanted to simply know what the most common words are. There is a language learning app that is based on that idea, but I just want the list so that I can make physical flash cards.

Well, here it is. One very important caveat: I'm not a linguist. I took 10,000 documents from a collection of Estonian web content—the data itself has been created by legit people studying language—to make this. Maybe that web content is not the most representative of language in other contexts, but here we go anyways.

The code and more details about how this was made can be found on GitHub at https://github.com/andybega/et1000.