Monday, August 20, 2012

Small talk


What to say when you unexpectedly meet someone you haven't seen for a while? In a situation where you only have a couple of minutes time to talk and no time to think about Finnish? Be prepared! Using these comments and questions, plan your own mini-conversation and get ready to do some serious small talk in Finnish.

Get started:

  • Ai, sinäkin olet täällä. - Oh, you are here too.
  • Ei ollakaan nähty pitkään aikaan! - Wow, we haven't seen each other for a long time!
  • Pitkästä aikaa! - Long time no see! It's been a long time!

Random questions, observations and reactions:

  • Oletko sä vielä samassa paikassa töissä? - Do you still work at the same place?
  • Missäs sinä olitkaan töissä? - Tell me again, where do you work?
  • Mitä sun lapsille/perheelle kuuluu? - How are your kids/How is your family doing?
  • Onpa sun lapset jo isoja! - Well aren't your kids big already! (ok, in written language: Ovatpa sinun lapsesi jo isoja.)
  • Milloin sinulla on laskettu aika? - When is your baby due? (Be careful with this one!!)
  • Vau, onneksi olkoon, tosi hieno juttu! - Wow, congratulations, that's awesome!
  • Ai kamalaa!  - That's horrible! 

Time to go:
  • Mennään joskus kahville ja jutellaan lisää. - Let's go for a coffee some time and talk some more. 
  • Olihan sulla mun puhelinnumero? - You have my phone number, don't you?
  • Ollaan yhteydessä. - Let's be in touch.
  • Olipa kiva törmätä! - Oh how nice it was to run into you! 

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