Tuesday, January 21, 2020

5 YouTube channels that help you learn Finnish

I just recommended these YouTube channels to my students, and I can share the list here, too. Please leave a comment if you want to recommend other good channels.



Tämä on Finking Capin YouTube-kanava.

If you would rather listen to something instead of watching a video, check out my Random Finnish Lesson Podcast.



Tämä on minun podcast-kanavani, jolla yritän puhua helppoa suomea. 

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About the author of this blog:

My name is Hanna Männikkölahti, and I am a native Finn who gives private lessons via Skype and simplifies books into easy Finnish. Please leave a comment, if you have something to ask about Finnish or novels in easy Finnish.


Lue lisää selkokirjoistani: www.hannamannikkolahti.com

Monday, January 13, 2020

How to hit, push and get run over in Finnish

  • Lyödä is to hit.
  • Työntää is to push. The sign on a door says työnnä (or vedä).
  • Töniä is to push many times. Älä töni! is what children yell at each other.
  • Tönäistä is to push once, kind of quickly.
  • Töytäistä is what a car does to a person. Write Auto töytäisi in Google, and you'll find several articles about traffic accidents. 
  • To get hit by a car is tulla or joutua auton töytäisemäksi.
  • Jäädä auton alle is literally to remain under the car, so a bit stronger than the previous expression.
  • Osua is to hit a target. Search for Juna osui and you'll get different articles about trains hitting animals.
  • Ajaa yli is to run over.

Juna ajoi kolmen hirven yli.
Kuva: https://www.iltalehti.fi/uutiset/a/2015021619207706

Lue lisää verbeistä:




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About the author of this blog:

My name is Hanna Männikkölahti, and I am a native Finn who gives private lessons via Skype and simplifies books into easy Finnish. Please leave a comment, if you have something to ask about Finnish or novels in easy Finnish.


Lue lisää selkokirjoistani: www.hannamannikkolahti.com



Thursday, January 9, 2020

löytää - huomata - saada selville

Löytää is to find something. Huomata is to noticeSaada selville is to find out. To express your opinion, use the minun mielestäni -structure or the verb ajatella, to think.

  • Mistä sinä löysit tämän? - (From) where did you find this?
  • Anteeksi, en huomannut sinua.  - I'm sorry. I didn't notice you.
  • Oletko saanut selville jotain uutta? - Have you found out something new?
  • Minun mielestäni tämä on hyvä asia. - I think this is a good thing.
  • Minä ajattelen, että tämä on hyvä asia.  - I think this is a good thing.



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About the author of this blog:

My name is Hanna Männikkölahti, and I am a native Finn who gives private lessons via Skype and simplifies books into easy Finnish. Please leave a comment, if you have something to ask about Finnish or novels in easy Finnish.


Lue lisää selkokirjoistani: www.hannamannikkolahti.com

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

A free online book in easy Finnish

Here's a link to a brand new online book in easy Finnish: https://www.humak.fi/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Humanistinen-ammattikorkeakoulu_selkokirja_Odotan-aurinkoa_verkkojulkaisu_FINAL_141119.pdf




Odotan aurinkoa (I'm waiting for the sun) has 10 stories written by young immigrants who moved to Finland a couple of years ago. Here's the index of the book:




Read more about the project:


More things to read in easy Finnish:



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About the author of this blog:

My name is Hanna Männikkölahti, and I am a native Finn who gives private lessons via Skype and simplifies books into easy Finnish. Please leave a comment, if you have something to ask about Finnish or novels in easy Finnish.


Lue lisää selkokirjoistani: www.hannamannikkolahti.com