Blog for Finnish Learners
How to sound more astonished in Finnish ("Why on earth?")
When you don’t understand why someone is doing what they’re doing, you can express your confusion or astonishment by saying something like “Why on earth?”. Read on to find out how to say this in Finnish and how to tweak this sentence further. (NB! The end of the article contains Finnish swear words, both in the text and the audio.)
Example sentences with the Finnish partitive plural
This video is about the Finnish partitive plural (monikon partitiivi in Finnish) in example sentences. Just listen to the sentences, pause the video and repeat them after me if you like. Don’t think about the grammar too much. The goal is to help you get used to hearing the partitive plural.
Learn Finnish words from Käärijä's Eurovision song Cha Cha Cha
Do you already know what Finland's Eurovision entry in 2023 is about but you're still wondering what the Finnish words "rata" and "kumota" mean in this context? In his blog post, I explain a few of those words that Google translate may not explain to you. You'll also find a list of other Eurovision word in Finnish here.
How to introduce yourself in Finnish (in a natural way!)
How do you introduce yourself in Finnish? Do you always say “Minun nimeni on…” or do you use Finnish puhekieli? The puhekieli version is slightly different, depending on the region in Finland. In this video, I’ll teach you one of the most common varieties, one that you might hear in the Helsinki region (and why not elsewhere, too). Watch this video to learn some tips for when you meet new people and speak Finnish with them!
Finnish word TIETO and related vocabulary
Have you ever learned Finnish vocabulary in clusters like this? The way it works is that you find a very common word like tieto and then you collect a list of other words that are derived from it or somehow sound similar. In this video, I’ll show you an example of how you can spin the Finnish word tieto and make a list of words that are somehow related to it. Watch the video and read my blog post with examples sentences!
The Finnish past tense: listen to this short story
In this blog post, you will learn some important Finnish verbs in the past tense. For example, how do you say "I woke up" in Finnish? Watch this video and study the notes!
Video: How to say "Really?" in Finnish
If you want to learn some common Finnish puhekieli expressions, this is the video for you. I will teach you a few VERY common Finnish expressions that you can use when you are surprised or interested in hearing more about what the other person just said.